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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dan's Discs/Past Ebert 3/19/13--BADLANDS

Tuesdays mean one thing at North/South:
New Blu-Rays!
There are a bunch of 2012 films hitting shelves today.
Most notably: THE HOBBIT, ZERO DARK THIRTY and LES MISERABLES.
I missed THE HOBBIT and was def. underwhelmed by the other two.
So this week, we only have one, must-buy disc to talk about:


I first read about BADLANDS in Roger Ebert's book, 'The Great Movies'.
This column will also serve as another edition of Past Ebert.
His beautiful essay appears, here.

I had never seen a Terrence Malick film, and I figured this was a good place to start.
I was right.
I bought a VHS copy of BADLANDS on Ebay for like $2.50.
When you watch this film, you get why people revere Malick.
He takes a super complex story and makes it so simple: 
Girl falls in love with boy, boy is a psycho killer.
We never get sanctimonious judgments about what is taking place, but instead we simply observe.

It's a chilling film with a great score (TRUE ROMANCE re-used the theme, Carl Orff's 'Schulwerk').
It's shot beautifully, especially in the wide open spaces of South Dakota.
It was preserved by the Library of Congress and is a must-watch piece of film history.
The Criterion Collection Blu-Ray will really give you the whole, Malick experience.
Better than Pan and Scan VHS will anyway . . .

UPDATE: Criterion Put the First Four Minutes on Youtube! So Dope!

You gotta use the link here.




1 comment:

  1. I love 'Badlands'. Just an overall amazing film.

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