The Duke's Picks - Region 1
Not a terrible lot of quality stuff on offer this week, but what there is is worth twenty quid of anyone's money, is the fact of the matter. As ever, the picks and a couple extra can be bought via the Amazon links underneath the article, and the Region 2 one is linked to Amazon.co.uk on account of The Duke is a filthy whore. Here goes, folks.
Some folks hated this flick about Ben Affleck is a dad but has to learn lessons on account of he's all self-obsessed and so on. Kevin Smith fans puked their lungs up on account of the absence of jokes about "try not to suck any dicks on the way to the parking lot!" Well, The Duke is a Kevin Smith fan of some repute, and let me be the first to announce that Jersey Girl is a classic, is what. Like the drunken uncle who used to make you cry, it's funny, entertaining, but also touches you when you least expect it. There's a special edition lined up for the near-future, but this has plenty of features in the mean time, including another one of Smith's brilliant commentaries.
THX-1138 - George Lucas Directors Cut
There are two versions of this available, but don't be fooled. Neither one has the original, untinkered-with flick, with it simply being a case of lots of extras or just the film. Still, by all accounts the CGI fiddlings actually do nothing to detract from the eerie, minimalist feel of the affair, and actually, (whisper it) improve proceedings to some extent.
Re-Animator - Millennium Edition
This classic bout of tongue-in-cheek gore-flinging is still unavailable Uncut in the UK. I couldn't for a second think why, even if I could be bothered pondering it. This version here, though, this is just about wonderful. No less than 6 commentaries, is what, and also a whole bunch of deleted stuff and interviews and so on. Exceptional.
Morally dubious Paul Schrader's flick may be, what with its yackings about how normal pornography ain't that far removed from the child variety and so on, but this is still a hard-hitting couple hours. George C Scott is the fella looking for his missing daughter, only to find she's gone and got involved in the seedy world of sexing cinema. Kids, man. What the fuck.
Region 2 Pick Of The Week
This is out about a fortnight now, but since I forgot to tell you all about it, this here is the belated plug. Also, although this is a PAL release, it's Region 0, so it'll play anywhere. It's a much-less restrained affair than the hardly-subtle first instalment, but a lot clumsier with the satire, too. What it's about, is that the kids and the adults of the world are engaged in a massive war, meaning the flick gets to parody Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now and, a bit sensitive this one, open with two skyscrapers crumbling to the ground. Oh, and the terrorists are the heroes. Unlikely to be up for an American remake, is what.