November 4, 2009

Say Anything

Say Anything… 20th Anniversary Edition
 (Fox) Back in 1989, Lloyd Dobler was the coolest fake teen around and kickboxing was, allegedly, the “sportofthefuture.” Two decades later, Cameron Crowe’s first film remains his most enchanting… and… we have UFC. Those who fell for LD on videocassette now have the perfect opportunity to reconnect with an old flame. Extras: commentary with Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye, new retrospective featurette, conversation with Crowe, featurettes, deleted scenes, more.

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Il Divo (Mongrel) The best film of 2008 that you probably didn’t see is Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes Jury prizewinning portrait of dubious Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti. The director’s style is a fantastic hodgepodge of Scorsese, Coppola and Fellini with nods to Shakespeare, and makes for a sumptuous spectacle — even if you don’t get half the political references. Extras: niente. Yet the US version contains several. What gives?

Food, Inc. (Alliance) In the recent glut of industry awareness docs, Robert Kenner’s latest anti–“the system” provides substantial food for thought. Co-narrated by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, there are effective environmental insights and atrocious visuals (the Baraka-esque baby chicken sequence is heart-wrenching; the cow slaughter is stomach-turning) that will have you second-guessing that next burger craving. Extras: featurettes, deleted scenes, PSAs.

The Samuel Fuller Collection (Sony) This classy compilation includes seven of the filmmaker’s lesser-seen works made between 1937 and 1960. Sam Fuller may have only directed two of the set’s titles (he wrote the rest, one of them directed by melodrama maverick Douglas Sirk), but this is by no means a trivial product and warrants a place on the shelf of any Fuller fan. Extras: director and actor intros, featurettes.

Hardware (Severin) This 1990 cyber-punk flick almost put South African writer-director Richard Stanley on the horror movie map. It contained a cool cast led by Dylan McDermott and featuring Iggy Pop, cool F/X, and the most head-banging soundtrack imaginable. Three years later, Stanley made the less credible Dust Devil, but it wasn’t until he was fired from helming The Island of Dr. Moreau (to be replaced by John Frankenheimer) that his high-profile career was officially terminated. See what woulda/shoulda been by checking out his freaky, downright trippy, creature feature debut. Extras: commentary with Stanley, featurettes, Super 8 version, two short films, interviews, deleted scenes.