RARA-AVIS: New "Brewer" and old noir/hb on DVD: Moran after Denton

From: Todd Mason ( Todd.Mason@tvguide.com)
Date: 06 Jul 2004

Well, since Bill has sidetracked us to celluloid, however briefly...

1. Sony is advertising a direct-to-video release of 3 WAY/THREE-WAY SPLIT, which they're not shy about using Gil Brewer's name in pushing. Any word on this, even with the often but not always dire prospect of d-t-v? 'From fabled pulp novelist Gil Brewer's ("Wild to Possess") [sic] comes this sinfully tasty, hard-boiled brew of lust, extortion and murder[...]'

2. David--the most impressive extras I have in a pre-'65 film, albeit twinned with its barely pre-'65 remake, are on the Criterion package of THE KILLERS, with a fine radio adaptation and much else helping to make the not-low Criterion price palatable.


-----Original Message----- From: David Moran

I've yet to see any pre-1965 movie that has anything really remarkable in the extras department. Which is just as well, I think. In my opinion, 99% of the extra stuff bundled with DVDs is a complete waste of time. I got Nick Ray's
"In a Lonely Place" not too long ago...and there was a mini-homage-documentary-thing in which Curtis Hanson (director of L.A. Confidential) talked about his love for the movie. Nice but...ehhh...so what?

For my money, as long as the movie has a good, crisp transfer and good audio, that trumps just about any random crap (e.g. production stills, silly quizzes, original theatrical trailers) they might dig up to add as extra features.

William Denton wrote:

> I've been waiting for this for a while: DOUBLE INDEMNITY, the movie
> version, directed by Billy Wilder and written by Raymond Chandler, from
> James M. Cain's book, is out on DVD (at least in Region 1). An excellent
> movie. Looks like the DVD has no fancy extras like documentaries, though.

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