Thursday, April 26, 2007

Where's The DVD? Antonioni's Zabriskie Point





Frustrating, flawed, haunting and completely mind blowing. Antonioni's ZABRISKIE POINT is in bad need of a quality dvd release. Out of print for years in America this unforgettable film occasionally pops up on Turner Classic Movies and is available as a poor full screen Russian import but is becoming harder and harder to find.

With the recent long awaited releases of PERFORMANCE and EL TOPO in hand, this other important piece of seventies counterculture needs revisiting.


7 comments:

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Having recently seen Zabriskie Point for the first time since the 70's I feel it's easily Antonioni's weakest film.The decision to cast the leads with non actors(With no charisma)just drags the whole film down.

Jeremy Richey said...

I can't necessarily disagree with you about this being possibly Antonioni's weakest film but I still think it's an important one that should get a proper dvd release.
The film is definately not on par with his finest works but I would say that the famed last shots of the house exploding to Pink Floyd is one of the most extraordinary moments I have ever seen in a film.
I do disagree about the leads not having charisma, they might not be great or even necessarily good actors but I think the camera loves both of them.
It is a very flawed film but it is the kind of flawed film only a great master could make.
Thanks for your comments and for visiting the blog. I always appreciate hearing peoples views, supporting or opposing, on the topics I write on.

cinebeats said...

I love Antonioni's early films, but Zabriskie Point is one I haven't seen so I do hope it gets a DVD release soon too. I've wanted to see it for many years, but I haven't gotten the chance yet.

I also hope his film The Red Desert gets released on DVD in the US. I love The Red Desert, but I've only seen it on TV. There's a DVD for it on Amazon that seems out of print now.

Jeremy Richey said...

Hey Kimberly,
Thanks for your thoughts. Red Desert is just about my favorite Antonioni film. I have that original dvd from the late 90s and it was pretty poor and is very out of print at this point. I have been hoping that Criterion will pick it up eventually as they have done a couple of his films.
Like I responded to Steve's comments, Zabriskie Point is a very flawed film but I think it is still well worth searching out.
Thanks again and happy to hear that you like Antonioni also...

R. W. Watkins said...

Something else that bugs me in relation to this film: Why haven't The Doors ever released the original instrumental version of 'L'America' that was used on the soundtrack?!! I mean, if not on a box set, then at least as a CD bonus track on L.A. Woman, where the final version with Morrison's vocals appears....

Jeremy Richey said...

It's my understanding that L'America was rejected by Antonioni afetr he visited The Doors while they were recoding L.A. Woman.
I think the song would have fit perfectly into the film, it's a good question as to why they haven't released it.

Anonymous said...

Hello, The DVD is to be released in June 2009 but it does not have the awesome documentary INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST on it. The doc profiles the very controversial production history and release of the film in 1970. Crew members and top film critics candidly discuss all of the films problems and how the film almost ruined Antonioni's career. Call or e-mail Warner Bros and them them to included it on future releases.