Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Released yesterday on dvd were two of my favorite films from the past year and two of the most visionary and striking works of the decade.
Darren Aronofsky's meditative THE FOUNTAIN continues to divide people but I urge everyone to give it a look. The disc is disappointing in the extras department with only a series of featurettes as the supplemental material. The print is beautiful though and I honestly believe this film will build more of a following in years to come so hopefully another edition will be released in the future. I should add that the featurettes do add up to about an hour and are a fascinating look at the history and making of the film.
Almost everyone seems to agree on Guillermo Del Toro's remarkable PAN'S LABYRINTH and rightfully so. It is a rare breed of fantasy film that manages to be a feast for the eyes, heart and mind. The film is available in a deluxe two dvd set with about two hours worth of extras plus a commentary by Del Toro.
I love both of these very brave and heartfelt films and am glad that they are going to have the chance to be seen now by more people.
A closer look at THE FOUNTAIN is coming soon.