Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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I just picked up a bunch of Pixar films on DVD. They're all out right now (#$%@ing Disney), fun movies and damn it, they look so damn good on the gigunda television. I was quite happy to find the long-awaited Criterion issue of Dazed and Confused, the features for which are quite worth the upgrade.

I also found the Robert Altman box set that included Quintet, A Perfect Couple and A Wedding, which, unfortunately, has the single disc M*A*S*H. I have the 2 disc set, while this is slimmer package with only the first disc in it. It should have had Health, of course, but I guess that Fox figured the only way this set would sell is if it had at least one bona-fide hit in it. They're probably right.

Bud Cort in Brewster McCloud, one of Altman's most bizarre films.

I look at my shelf now and see that my Robert Altman collection is much more extensive than I ever had any right to expect it to be. I mean, M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Nashville are acknowledged classics, but much of his most distinctive work is so esoteric that the studios often didn't know what to do with them. I saw most of his films in classes, but since many of them were never available on video, sometimes they were of dubious sources; Images, for example, was taped off Cinemax, which was showing a print that was very desaturated, which when combined with Vilmos Zsigmond's gritty photographic methods and the inevitable panning and scanning rendered the film almost completely unwatchable. I now have a rather decent looking DVD of the film (as decent as any Altman film can look, one would suppose). I can't believe I now own 3 Women, California Split and Quintet. Sure, there are some things missing - no Brewster McCloud or Health yet, and I won't buy the DVD of Buffalo Bill and the Indians as it isn't anamorphic - but it had ever been very difficult to be an enthusiast of Altman's simply because so many of his films - admittedly strange and intense ones - were never issued on video (happily, I still have my widescreen laserdisc of Brewster McCloud), but for some reason the DVD format has allowed for a reappraisal of Altman and proven that there is an audience for his work.

I just recieved a copy of Brian Tyler's The Big Empty to review. Another thing to do this weekend...

Yeah, got you there for a moment. I'm looking forward to it.
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