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The DVD Review: The Fountain and Fitzcarraldo

The FountainThe Fountain is an ambitious sci-fi from director Darren Aronofsky set amidst three different time periods in the past, present and future.

Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz star in multiple roles across time periods stretching from the 16th to the 26th century. It split audiences when it opened at cinemas a few months ago.

Flawed but ambitious, it is still worth a look and the score by Clint Mansell is excellent.

> Buy The Fountain on DVD from Amazon UK

FitzcarraldoFitzcarraldo is the classic 1982 film starring Klaus Kinski as a rubber baron who goes to extreme lengths to bring opera to the Peruvian jungle.

Directed by Werner Herzog, this 25 anniversary edition has the documentary ‘Burden of Dreams‘ which details the extraordinary production which involved hauling a huge boat over a mountain.

Kinski and Herzog are two of the most interesting actor-director partnerships in the history of cinema. They collaborated on several films but this is one of the finest.

> Buy Fitzcarraldo on DVD from Amazon UK

Listen to the podcast here:

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DVD & Blu-ray Interviews

James McAvoy talks about The Last King of Scotland

James McAvoy in The Last King of ScotlandJames McAvoy is one of the most promising actors currently working in the UK today and he stars in The Last King of Scotland which is out on DVD this week.

I spoke with him back in January when the film came out at UK cinemas and we talked about his role, acting alongside Forest Whitaker and the deeper themes of the film.

Listen to the interview here:

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> Buy The Last King of Scotland on DVD from Amazon UK
> James McAvoy at the IMDb

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Gabriele Muccino on The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is out this week on DVD and tells the remarkable true life tale of Chris Gardner.

He was a salesman in San Francisco during the early 80s and battled through numerous personal and financial hardships as he tried to become a stockbroker.

Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Gardner in the lead role and was instrumental in hiring Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

Gabriele directing Will Smith on set

I spoke with Gabriele about the film around its UK release in January and you can listen to the interview here:

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The DVD Review 15-05-07

On the DVD Review this week we examine the following releases:

The Last King of ScotlandForest Whitaker stars as 70s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in this adaptation of the Giles Foden novel about a young Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) who befriends him.

The Pursuit of HappynessWill Smith plays Chris Gardner, a single father who has to cope with living on the poverty line in early 80s San Francisco whilst he tries to become a stockbroker.

My So Called Life – The mid-90s TV show about the trials and tribulations of teenage life starring Claire Danes finally gets released in the UK as a 5 disc set.

Deja Vu – A daft but enjoyable thriller from director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer see Denzel Washington try to solve a crime in New Orleans two days after it actually happened.

Little Children – One of the best films of last year sees Kate Winslet on great form as a frustrated suburban housewife who has an affair with a neighbour (Patrick Wilson) in this intelligent adaptation of Tom Perotta’s novel.

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Blade Runner DVD news

Interesting news on the ‘proper’ director’s cut of Blade Runner.

Film Ick reports:

The director’s cut of Blade Runner is finally due later this year. Not the so-called director’s cut – the real director’s cut. The film the way, at last, Ridely Scott wanted it.

Joanna Cassidy’s official site has broken the news that she has completed reshoots of her scenes: “Joanna has just finished re-shooting her scenes from the original Blade Runner movie. Joanna is wearing her original outfit (which she kept over from the first production). These new scenes will be part of the upcoming special Blade Runner DVD re-release. Check back for more details”.

Plus, they have more information from another source about the re-shoots for the DVD:

The shots are for the sequence in which Cassidy’s character Zhora is chased through the streets. In the original film, the chase shows Zhora in flat boots but previously we saw her put on heels – the reshoots feature heels; the control wires for the squib that released Zhora’s blood was previously visible – not any longer; a wound make-up that was missing in some angles is now in place;

Zhora gets a second shot in the chest now, whereas she didn’t before; the lighting is much improved; several new angles have been taken and, depending on the edit, the sequence could end up looking rather different overall.

All very interesting but it makes you wonder how much longer we’ll have to wait for this landmark film to be available as Ridley Scott intended it.

> Find out more about the Blade Runner at Wikipedia
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