Thursday, February 7, 2008
I have been so busy with school lately that I haven't noticed a lot of stuff hitting DVD. I was thrilled to find out that Robert Towne's excellent 1982 Drama Personal Best finally hit DVD this week. The film, starring Scott Glenn and an extraordinary Mariel Hemingway, has long been out of print on the home video market so the new DVD is an extremely welcome one.
Towne will always be known primarily as a screenwriter but a viewing of Personal Best shows he is a director of considerable skill and style. I have always wished he would have directed more (currently he has only completed four features with Personal Best being his debut).
I haven't gotten the DVD, which features a commentary from Towne, yet but it is near the top of my list of new release wants. Give it a look if you have never seen it before or if it has just been a long time.