Arrow'a January/February 2014 slate (includes The Stuff and Phantom of The Paradise!)

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    Looks like Arrow's shipping those out direct now and they're still "In Stock."
     
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    Yes, some scenes are grainy on the Blu-ray, but it's natural grain and probably due to the film stock originally used. I'd rather have that any day over the details being smoothed over by excess DNR.
     
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    Finally caught up with two more releases from this slate, courtesy of the old "top menu" trick.

    The first was The Stuff, which is a fun little movie that hasn't aged as well as I'd hoped. I liked it more as a kid. I kind of wish the movie had focused more on the kid and his family, exploring how "The Stuff" affects this small town. Instead the movie focuses on Michael Moriarty's character, who I really didn't find that interesting. It's still a fun piece of '80s cheese though. It looks gorgeous in hi-def as well. It's nice to see that somebody cares about the New World catalog, so kudos to Arrow.

    As for the extras, there's a nearly hour long featurette about the making of the film. It's good, but I did find it a bit dry. The discussions about the making of the film are terrific, but it gets a little too bogged down in discussing the subject matter and themes. I watched the movie, I know what it's about. They could have easily chopped out the bits with the "film critic" and had a much leaner featurette.


    The other movie I watched is one I had never seen before: White Of The Eye. I'm really not sure how I felt about it, but I definitely found it interesting. Beautiful cinematography, the murder scenes are extremely visceral. The script is a bit clunky though, I didn't think certain plot points came across very clearly. The last half-hour is a tense chase scene, but the build-up is very slow-paced. Could have used another murder or two to amp things up a notch. Once again, major kudos to Arrow here, the transfer is absolutely gorgeous.

    As for extras, there's a terrific 73 minute featurette called "The Ultimate Performance", chronicling the carreer of the director Donald Cammell, who died in 1996 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Even though only 5 minutes or so are devoted to White Of The Eye, it's an outstanding documentary in it's own right. I found it fascinating. There's also a nice little interview with the cinematographer, a non-sensical short film by Cammell, deleted scenes (featuring the very recognizable John Diehl, whose scenes were entirely removed from the finished film), the unfiltered flashback scenes, as well as alternate opening credits (I think the only difference is the inclusion of John Diehl's name in the credits).

    It's an interesting film that is definitely not for everyone, but Arrow's blu-ray is an easy recommendation based on the transfer and extras alone. I don't believe it ever received a disc release here in the U.S.
     

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