Wednesday, March 18, 2009
With everyone abuzz about long awaited upcoming archival releases from the likes of Resnais, Godard, Bergman, Antonioni and so on I thought I would offer up a couple of other discs coming this year that I am excited about.
First up we have Hugh Hudson's Revolution, his disastrous 1985 bomb which did no favors for its stars Al Pacino, Nastassja Kinski and Donald Sutherland. I've been reading about Pacino and Hudson's desire to revisit the film for years, so I am very intrigued by late May's release of Revolution: Revisited. Outside of being a new cut of the much maligned film, the disc also includes a conversation with Pacino and Hudson.
If the original theatrical version of Revolution deserved all the heat it took, then it can be said that John Boorman's beautiful Beyond Rangoon (1995) didn't deserve to be as ignored as much as it was. Boorman's terrific and moving film starring the always fascinating Patricia Arquette (an actress I should celebrate more here) has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it in its brief theatrical run nearly fifteen years ago. I'm glad that I will finally be able to pitch my old laserdisc dub of the film, and I am greatly anticipating this disc, which sadly only features a featurette as an extra.