Beatles and India
A Night In Buenos Aires
For Mr. Rugoff
Days On Earth
(2014/*all MVD Blu-rays)
B-/B/B/B/B- Sound: B-/B-/B/B/B- Extras: C/B-/D/C/C- Main
next set of releases are mostly music related, but also include an
amazing documentary on one of the most important independent film
distributors of all time, whose output included some key films in
which music were very key...
Beatles and India
(2021) is a documentary that I have been curious about, trying to
chronicle the time the band travelled to the country to take in
spiritual teachings and how that affected their work, more vulnerable
than usual as their manager Brian Epstein had just suddenly and
unexpectedly died. With a big groups of stills, film footage and new
interviews (including two surprises I will not spoil) attempts to
tell the untold story.
this does not include any actual Beatles music, though several songs
are discussed. Whether everything that is explained and concluded
here is accurate can be up for debate at times, though the
description of the program on the back of the box might be overdoing
it by saying this totally shaped (or reshaped) the band, which I
would highly disagree with. Otherwise, it is a very good program
worth a look.
include a trailer, then & now stills video, fan interview and
behind the scenes featurette.
Fabulous Baker Boys
finally back in print on Blu-ray after this older limited edition
went out of print:
the film arrived, it was well-promoted and had a great trio of stars
in Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer, set in the world
of dead-end nightclubs, it was a moderate hit, yet I was very
disappointed and did not think it worked. Helping the film, it has
no less than Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C. (GoodFellas) as its
Director of Photography, so it looked as good as its leads and that
still did not do it for me. Thus, it is a film that is not for
everyone, but anyone interested (like my fellow writer) might land up
liking it more than myself, so check it out if you have never seen it
just to be on the safe side.
the Twilight Time booklet that has not been reprinted, all the extras
are the exact same as that label's now out-of-print edition, most
surprisingly including the isolated music score usually missing when
other companies reissue Twilight Time titles now unavailable.
is a classic heavy metal band and if you are a fan then you'll want
to check out this new one disc re-issued concert experience on
Blu-ray from Cleopatra Entertainment. A
Night In Buenos Aires,
which was filmed live at Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on
October 9, 2005.
performed at the show include Blackmail the Universe, Set the
World Afire, Wake Up Dead, In My Darkest Hour, She Wolf, Reckoning
Day, A Tout Le Monde, Hangar 18, I'll Be There, Tornado of Souls,
Trust, Something That I'm Not, Kick the Chair, Coming Home, Symphony
of Destruction, Peace Sells and Symphony of Destruction
extras, but the concert captures the band in its later prime, so fans
should be happy.
For Mr. Rugoff
(2019) is the biggest surprise here. In the 1960s, going into the
early 1980s, you had a few hundred independent distributors of all
kinds of arthouse, documentary and independent films, but the one
company name that kept turning up was Cinema 5 (also sometimes
written as Cinema V) and the number of innovative, important and
groundbreaking classics they handled remain mind-boggling and could
go a few rounds with even the major studios today.
included The Rolling Stones in Gimme
(where music leads to murder,) Nicolas Roeg's amazing, original The
Man Who Fell To Earth
with David Bowie (which few people still seem not to understand as
this posts, even with a new cable TV sequel,) Robert Downey's Putney
and too many other masterworks to list here. However, the man behind
the company that made all this possible, Donald Rugoff (pronounced
ru-goff) is barely documented and director Deutchman (a former Rugoff
employee) decided to change that and the result is this amazing
out the man's family had built a movie theater empire while he was
growing up, one he continued, but then he made the fateful decision
to go into film distribution while still running some of the most
innovate, groundbreaking and customer-friendly movie theaters ever.
Fortunately, his great taste and his amazing knack of picking winners
when no one else could see the potential of many a film was uncanny
and changed cinema history for the better forever.
a strong set of clips, stories, interviews, rare footage and much
more, this is one of the best documentaries on the film industry you
will see and I just wished it was longer. This should be required
screening in all film schools worldwide, but serious film fans should
put this one on their must list and just sit and be amazed at what
you see for a strong, non-stop 94 minutes. Despite his flaws, Donald
Rugoff is an unsung groundbreaker in film history and its is great to
finally see his story and the results, told so vividly and well. See
trailer and nine bonus interview pieces are the extras worth seeing
after watching the film.
doubt that Nick Cave, originally with the punk band The Birthday
Party and now with The Bad Seeds, is one of the greatest
singer/songwriters Australia has ever produced and very much a
survivor of the industry worldwide. Wish he had more mainstream
success in the U.S., but he continues, even after the horrific loss
of two of his sons. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000
Days On Earth
(2014) captures the man in a unique way, going back and forth between
interviews, vintage footage, stage performances and other surreal
had heard about this film for years and am glad I not only finally
caught up with it, but that it is as good as many people said and I
thank them all for not ruining it for me. The format is a little
different and sometimes, I was not certain if some things being said
were a put on, but there are some very pleasant, unexpected cameos
and the music is always top rate making it a nice video companion to
the DVD (and hopefully a Blu-ray version at some point) of the music
video collection of The Bad Seeds, with clips so good, it further
mystifies me their lack of success ion 'the states' and a little
trailer is the only extra.
for playback performance. The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition
image transfer on Beatles can be a little soft often, in part
due to some footage being old and rough, but other clips look good,
while its DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
5.1 surround mixes can be a mixed bag with some audio sounding better
than others and the limited music passable. Again, no actual Beatles
with the same framing, also has some clips that show the age of the
materials used, but most clips look great and when combined with the
newly HD shot footage, holds up better. The lossless DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 surround mix is not bad.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on Boys is the
same HD master as the out of print Twilight Time edition, but looks a
little older since we last saw it. Its DTS lossless 2.0 Stereo mix
has been replaced by PCM 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds, but the
soundtrack sounds the same.
A Night in Buenos Aires is presented in 1080p high definition on
Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of
1.78:1, and two lossless options in PCM 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 surround mixes that sounds fine. The image can be
a little grainy as this was captured with some outdated cameras, but
the presentation itself is fine.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Earth
also can show the age of the materials used, but most if it holds up
well and is pretty consistent. Its
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is not bad and has a
consistent enough soundfield.
Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Megadeath)