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The Interview (1998/Region Free/Zero)/Squizzy Taylor (1982/Region Free/Zero)/Theorem (aka Teorema/1968/Region 4/Four/Umbrella DVD Imports)


Picture: C/C/C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+/B-/C+     Films: B/B-/B



PLEASE NOTE: These DVDs can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle PAL format software, Theorem is restricted to Region Four/4 PAL format machines.  All can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



Three new DVDs from Umbrella Entertainment in Australia include a gangster film fans of the genre may be interested and two gems we previously reviewed before you might also want to catch.



Craig Monahan’s The Interview (1998) is an underrated thriller with Hugo Weaving of The Matrix and V For Vendetta among others that to this day has still not been discovered, picked up or rediscovered by new audiences as it should have been by now.  Years after reviewing the U.S. DVD release, Umbrella has issued the film on DVD as well.  For more on the film, try this link:




The good news is that while that U.S. New Yorker edition is out of print, this has all the same extras noted in the previous review.  Unfortunately, it does not look or sound as good as that earlier pressing, with its anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image being much poorer and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound weaker.



New to us is Kevin Dobson’s Australian Gangster film Squizzy Taylor (1982) that has recently been restored and is issued here on this decent DVD.  David Atkins (who also choreographed a few scenes) is Leslie “Squizzy” Taylor, a smaller man who became a serious crime figure in early 20th Century Australia, dodging death, usually dodging prison and shaking things up.  Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) is his moll, Alan Cassell (Puberty Blues, Breaker Morant, Harlequin, Adam Adamant Lives!) plays a cop and Steve Bisley rounds out the leads while the film has a strong all around cast.


Years after the two Godfather films, the makers choose to do the film in the older 1930s style of Hollywood Gangster cinema and that may make for some nice moments, but it happens at the expense of story as one of the extras verifies.  We get some great production design to go with the acting and this has a good pace, but it has this at the expense of narrative and palpability.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is from a restored source, but has some weakness issues with color and detail, though the print is clean and consistent with some nice depth shots.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono also shows its age, but sounds pretty good overall.  Extras include a trailer and the impressive 1969 monochrome documentary The Rise & Fall of Squizzy Taylor.



Finally we have Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Theorem (aka Teorema/1968), which we previously reviewed in its U.S. Koch DVD release, which you can read all about at this link:




The picture and sound are the same as that edition, but extras are different and we get only one here: Via Pasolini.  This combines various vintage, archival clips of the late director (he was murdered before Salo arrived, but more on that when we cover that film) with pointless new video footage (oddly shot and oddly letterboxed) spliced in between, making this 45 minutes piece much longer than it needed to be.



As noted above, you can order these PAL DVD imports exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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