Today was a rather interesting new release day, with three films of note hitting DVD. Three very visual films with good soundtracks, but varying degrees of quality with regards to the other aspects of film making.
The Fountain. A disappointing film, though not all bad if you approach it the right way. I wrote about it last year during the film festival and my opinion hasn’t changed much. I still don’t have a massive boner over it and a second viewing didn’t fulfill as I thought it might, but the visuals are still dazzling and the soundtrack (though still mixed a little too loud) is still stunning. In fact, I think I’d recommend getting the soundtrack ahead of the movie.
Pan’s Labyrinth. Quick write-up. Still quite good. DVD package is quite nice, coming with a ton of extras and a little art book and so on.
Army of Shadows. Typical Criterion release quality. The packaging proclaims it “The Best Film of 2006” despite it being almost forty years old, and it’s a claim that isn’t too off base (2006 is when it was first released in America). A little long, but thoroughly tense and imposing. I saw it at Cinematheque Ontario a little over a month ago and I’m ashamed to say that it was my first Pierre Melville film. But I was so impressed by this that it definitely won’t be my last. Highly recommended.