The Criterion Collection debuted two great releases last week with Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil, and Sidney Lumet’s The Fugitive Kind. We didn’t have a chance to check either of these titles out yet, but we think both are worth talking about. Ride With The Devil is available in both Blu-Ray and DVD, while The Fugitive Kind is DVD.
The Fugitive Kind
When you say the word “classic”, this is a film that could easily fit the mold you have in mind. The film features Marlon Brando, along with three other academy winning actors. It is also directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet, and written by the one and only Tennessee Williams. Seriously, I don’t know what better ingredients you could have for a great film. I have never seen The Fugitive Kind, anyone have some input on it? This is one that I want to check out right away.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DVD SET
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Sidney Lumet
- New video interview with Lumet
- Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet in 1958, with Ben Gazarra and Lee Grant, among others
- New video program discussing the playwright’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson
Ride With The Devil
No matter what anyone else will argue, Ang Lee is a talented guy. I really respect a director when they exhibit the ability to branch off into several genres successfully, whilst maintaining their own signature on those several films. Ride With The Devil is a film with a lot of depth, both in story and performances. The film features a lot of actors that were “discovered” a few years later, but Lee was able to put together a young, diverse and talented cast. I think this is one of the more under-rated Civil War films you will find. One of the more interesting dynamics of the film is within Jeffrey Wright’s role as a former slave who sides with the South. This role brings a view that is seldom seen in American war films, an impartial observation…likely more factual than patriotic. Check it out, it’s worth a viewing even with a 160 minute director’s cut.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Ang Lee’s director’s cut, supervised and approved by Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Two audio commentaries, one featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus, and one featuring Elmes, sound designer Drew Kunin, and production designer Mark Friedberg
- New video interview with star Jeffrey Wright
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Godfrey Cheshire and Edward E. Leslie, author of The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders