9781903254639

Dvd Delirium: Redux: The International Guide To Weird And Wonderful Films On Dvd & Blu-ray

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    9781903254639

  • ISBN10:

    1903254639

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-09-01
  • Publisher: Scb Distributors
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Summary

DVD DELIRIUM is the definitive - Region Free - guide to thousands of DVD and Blu-ray video releases from all over the globe, featuring the movies that matter, on the formats that matter. After the hugely popular first edition of Volume 2 sold out, the dedicated FAB Press DVD and Blu-ray reviewers have now totally revamped and expanded the book, and the result is this REDUX edition. DVD Delirium Volume 2 Redux is fully up to date at the time of publication, with the addition of more than 10,000 new words of text compared to the first pressing, including updates to Blu-ray wherever applicable!The FULLY UPDATED DVD Delirium Volume 2 Redux edition perfectly complements the other three volumes, covering a brand new selection of the world's greatest cult movies on DVD and Blu-ray. This edition of the ultimate guide to home entertainment stands alone as an essential book for all film fanatics. It also features a comprehensive index to this volume, plus a full listing of all the films reviewed in volumes 1, 3 & 4, which combine with this book to give readers almost 2,500 DVD and Blu-ray reviews!DVD and Blu-ray collecting is a minefield for the serious fan. If readers want to know whether or not to buy a particular film, this book will become their first point of reference. If it saves them from buying even one second-rate disc, it will have paid for itself right away! Plus, readers can discover masses of amazing films they did not even know had been released. No film fan should be without this definitive guide book!

Excerpts

APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX / THE COMPLETE DOSSIER Colour, 1979/2000, 202m. / Directed by Francis Ford Coppola / Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburn All the world knows, thanks to the documentary Hearts of Darkness and several books (notably Eleanor Coppola's Notes), of the epic struggles Francis Ford Coppola went through getting his Vietnam-set epic reimagining of Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness completed. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) and his patrol boat crew voyage upriver, encountering perils and adventures, towards the compound of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a U.S. officer accused of insane crimes who just might be the first American to understand the Vietnam War. The film's eventual commercial, critical and cult success came only after a lot of people had accused Coppola of being as jungle-mad as his Kurtz. He now claims he felt pressure to make Apocalypse Now into a straight-ahead action/war movie, but always had in mind something more surreal, more political and more weird. In 2000, he went back to the raw material, not simply cutting in deleted scenes but reassembling the whole film from scratch on an even more epic scale. The first thing: Apocalypse Now is as good as ever. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and sound designer Walter Murch, deployed by mad general Coppola, create effects that will stay with you forever, from the haunted tropical hotel room where Willard is found having a breakdown through the Wagner-scored helicopter attack led by Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall) on the surf-friendly riverhead occupied by the VC to the atrocity-filled encampment where a photojournalist (Dennis Hopper) scuttles as acolyte to the ambiguous monster whose name comes half from (Walter Elias) Disney and half from Conrad's Mr. Kurtz. In any version, this is one of the defining films of its generation, coming precisely at that point when the radical, exciting, oppositional, visionary American cinema of the 1970s was about to be superseded by the soulless blockbuster mentality of the '80s and beyond. Originally scripted by John Milius as a project for George Lucas, it is the twisted doppelganger of the Star Wars series as a hero goes on a quest to face a father figure "gone over to the dark side” - compare the finales of Apocalypse and Return of the Jedi to see how thorny material can be tamed and packaged.

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