CATEGORIES DVDsFrom an unrated Blu-ray director's cut of 'Natural Born Killers' to a 25th anniversary edition of 'Stop Making Sense,' we run down this week's list of the top Blu-ray and special edition DVD releases. 'Natural Born Killers' (1994)
When it was released in 1994, Oliver Stone's 'Killers' (written by Quentin Tarantino) created a firestorm of controversy. The film, about a pair of psychotic lovebirds (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) who go on a killing spree documented by a TV newsman (Robert Downey Jr.), is a phantasmagoria of incredible violence against a backdrop of hand-held camerawork, animation and a blaring rock soundtrack. It was so violent, in fact, that Stone had to make 150 cuts and remove about four minutes in order to get an R rating. Though it was panned for its violence and nihilism in some quarters (and subsequently was "linked" to eight copycat murder sprees) it was well-received by critics and scored big at the boxoffice. For this 15th anniversary edition, Warner Home Video has updated it's previous Director's Cut (which added back the cut footage) with a new DVD and Blu-ray edition that includes a new introduction by Stone, a new featurette, 'NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?' examining how current communication technology (blogs, Twitters, etc.) would impact the film if it were made today, and a 44-page booklet on the film's production.
This cult classic, which marked the feature film debut of South African writer-director Richard Stanley, was slammed by critics as a "Terminator" rip-off but went on to recoup its budget five times over and amass a big fan following. Dylan McDermott, in one of his first roles, stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. Unfortunately, the steel scrap contains the brain of a combat android programmed to kill all humans, and the robot reassembles itself and goes on a hunt for flesh. It's a thrilling, breathtaking tour-de-force of science fiction horror that pretty much all takes place inside an apartment. Originally rated X by the MPAA and subsequently edited by distributor Miramax, this version is uncut and uncensored for the first time from a print supplied by Stanley himself. The film will be released as a two-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc. From Severing Films.
'Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour' is a two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the comedian's ABC show. After running for President in 1968 -- one of his slogans was "If elected, I will win" -- the great Paulsen (who got his big break on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour") branched out with his own ABC series, featuring his famous deadpan delivery in a variety of skits and settings.
'Where the Day Takes You' (1992), about a group of runaway teens living in the underbelly of Hollywood, boasts performances by a host of stars early in their careers, including Will Smith, Sean Astin, Adam Baldwin, Lara Flynn Boyle, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Ricki Lake, James Le Gros, Nancy McKeon, Alyssa Milano, Dermot Mulroney, Rachel Ticotin and Christian Slater. From Anchor Bay Entertainment.
'The Hunger: The Complete Second Season' is a four-disc set with 22 uncut episodes from the half-hour series, hosted by music and film icon David Bowie and produced by Tony and Ridley Scott; it's a weird cross between 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Tales from the Crypt.'
For the 25th anniversary of Jonathan Demme's concert film 'Stop Making Sense,' Palm Pictures has issued a Blu-ray edition with never-before-seen footage, the video short 'David Byrne Interviewing ... David Byrne' and two songs not included in the film.