Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary BD Edition
The Skinny: David Lynch's break-out hit from 1986 is alive and well, every bit as peculiar and disturbingly atmospheric as it was when it was first released. Plus, this new edition offers 50 minutes of original footage thought to be lost lo these past two and a half decades. Any excuse to bring us more of Dennis Hopper's winsomely demented Frank is more than welcome.
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The Skinny: Dubbed "an Errol Morris love story," the doc follows the antic adventures of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen, whom, shall we say, leads quite the interesting and manic life.
Island of Lost Souls: Criterion BD Edition
The Skinny: An early horror film restored to pristine glory by one of the premier DVD production houses in the world? Sign us up. The 1932 film stars a young Charles Laughton as the twisted scientist, performing genetic experiments on animals on his own lost island -- until the survivor of a shipwreck happens by. Still gorgeous to behold, the film set the standard for many a horror film to come later.
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Dazed and Confused: Criterion BD Edition
The Skinny: Richard Linklater's peerless ode to '70s-era high school life features a great ear for dialogue, an uncanny eye for detail ,and the requisite young-cast-who-went-on-to-become-famous, including Adam Goldberg, Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck and, naturally, Matthew McConaughey.
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Fanny & Alexander: Criterion BD Edition
The Skinny: One of Ingmar Bergman's last full-length features (and the film with which he intended to close out his career), the film proves the grand master never lost a step. Largely autobiographical, the story concerns a young Swedish family whose lives turn for the worse after the loss of their patriarch. Metaphysical, resolute and surprisingly warm and affecting, the film is nothing less than transcendent.
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