|by Peter Sobczynski
A number of familiar titles return to DVD in brand-new special editions--are they worth the upgrade? Continue reading and find out. Hey, even if you don't care, you should still continue reading since a lot of time and effort went into this week's column and, quite frankly, it is the least you can do.
Few things in the world fill the heart of the DVD collector with equal parts delight and frustration as the double-dip, the term given to a previously released DVD that has been reissued in a brand-new version with improved picture and sound and a slew of snazzy bonus features. On the one hand, there is the undeniable frustration of being asked to go out and repurchase a title, especially if it is the kind of cult sensation with an audience eager to own anything and everything connected to it, that you already own so that you can finally have the ultimate version of a favorite film (provided, of course, that there isn’t a triple-dip somewhere down the line). On the other hand, those new features are sometimes appear to be so impressive that even casual fans may find themselves tempted to go out and buy it all over again. This week, five cult classics have reemerged on the DVD scene with new special editions teeming with extensive bonus features and because of that, we shall take a brief look at each one and determine whether or not those new features are enough to warrant a second purchase from those who already own them.
One of the most visually and narratively ambitious fantasy films of the decade, Christophe Gans’ “Brotherhood of the Wolf,” a political thriller/pre-French Revolution period piece/martial arts/horror/romance/martial arts epic (and loosely based on a true story to boot) that tells the tale an intellectual scientist (Samuel Le Bihan) who along with his ass-kicking Indian sidekick (Mark Dacascos), is hired by Louis XV to hunt and kill a mysterious beast that has already attacked and killed over 100 people, a gig that brings him into contact and conflict with a beautiful noblewoman (Emilie Dequenne), her nasty brother (Vincent Cassel) who has a few secrets up his sleeve and a beautiful and frequently naked prostitute (Monica Bellucci, who is the focus of arguably the most memorable visual pun to appear in a film since the gag involving the severed head in “Re-Animator”) who has a few secrets of her own despite her relative lack of sleeves. Because of its complicated plot and generally overstuffed nature, this was the kind of film that was made for DVD in the sense that the format allowed viewers to slow down and savor its astounding visuals (not just the ones involving Bellucci) and impressive scope while also giving them a chance to backtrack in order to catch up with plot developments that they might have otherwise missed. However, depending on whether you lived in the U.S. or Canada, the previous Region 1 DVD edition was either a crushing disappointment or a dream come true--the former offered up only a handful of deleted scenes totaling about 40 minutes while the latter was a 3-disc behemoth that included a cut of the film that was 8 minutes longer, two audio commentaries (alas, both were in French with no subtitles to speak of) two full-length documentaries chronicling the production (one shot during the actual filming and one done after the fact), a featurette on the historical basis of the story, an elaborate collection of storyboards and the same set of deleted scenes. With this new edition, Universal Home Entertainment, who put out the original American edition, has ported over most of the features from the 3-disc version (aside from the commentaries and the speaker-shaking DTS audio track) into a 2-discer. If you owned that previous American edition, this upgrade is a must. However, if you managed to snag a copy of the Canadian edition, the double-dip is nowhere near as necessary--the loss of the commentaries is a bit of a drag (though only if you speak French, I suppose) but the absence of the DTS track is a real bummer.
Speaking of bizarre French fantasy epics, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who would go on to make the acclaimed “City of Lost Children,” “Amelie” and “A Very Long Engagement”) and Marc Caro’s 1991 debut “Delicatessen” remains one of the great first films of the 1990’s, a wild post-apocalyptic black comedy that suggest what might have resulted if Terry Gilliam, who “presented” the film during its original release, had been given the job of bringing “Sweeney Todd” to the big screen. Although the premise--a former circus clown (Jeunet regular Dominique Pinion) arrives at a burned-out butcher’s shop to take a job as a handyman unaware that he is to be the latest victim of the butcher’s determination to supply his customers with fresh meat at any cost--may sound grisly and depressing, it is, with the possible exception of “Eating Raoul,” easily the most delightful film involving cannibalism that you will ever see and even if that concept seems too much for you to handle, it is still worth watching just to sample the amazing visual astonishments that Jeunet and Caro have crammed into every single frame despite working with a fairly low budget. Long unavailable on DVD in America because of various rights issues, “Delicatessen” finally made its debut in the format in 2006 in a version from Miramax Home Entertainment that included a commentary from Jeunet, a behind-the-scenes documentary and a compilation of rehearsal footage for a couple of key scenes. Now, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has somehow gotten a hold of the rights to the film and have issued their own version that includes the exact same bonus features as the original issue. In other words, unless you never got around to picking up a copy when it came out the first time around, there is no reason to spend time or money on this version.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the delightful 1993 stop-motion animated musical fantasy from producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick (which I am going to assume that you have seen), is actually making its third DVD go-around this week. The film was originally issued in 1997 as one of Disney’s first forays into the then-emerging DVD market and while casual viewers were no doubt happy to simply have it at all, its more dedicated fans (and believe me, they are legion) were upset that it was an utterly bare-bones release, especially since there had been a lavish laserdisc box set a couple of years earlier that contained tons of bonus features that could have easily been transferred over. In 2000, they did just that with a special edition of the film that included all the extras from that set, including a commentary track from Selick, a six-part documentary on the making of the film, three additional featurettes focusing on the creation of the various worlds that were depicted, a bunch of deleted scenes and storyboards for parts that weren’t filmed, a collection of over 500 storyboards and stills and “Vincent” and “Frankenweenie,” two highly entertaining short films made by Burton during the time he spent at the studio before making his feature debut with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” For “The Nightmare Before Christmas 2-Disc Collector’s Edition,” the studio has ported over nearly all of those features (only the Selick commentary has been left off) and while the new material that has been added may seem slight in quantity, they more than make up for it in terms of quality. Of these new features, the most useless is a digital copy of the film that you can download onto your iPod (because the 2-inch screen is just so perfect for savoring the film’s visual wonders). Next up is a new introduction to “Frankenweenie” from Burton who reveals that a feature-length version of his gentle spoof of the Mary Shelly classic is in the works. Next up is a short animated work featuring Burton’s original poem being read by none other than Christopher Lee. While the old commentary track is missed, it has been replaced by a brand-new one that brings together Burton, Selick and composer Danny Elfman. However, the most entertaining of the new extras are the ones focusing on the new holiday tradition at Disneyland of redecorating the beloved Haunted Mansion ride with a “Nightmare” theme for a couple of weeks--there is a documentary that offer a behind-the-scenes look of how the changes were designed and implemented as well as a full-length tour of the finished product. As good as the previous release was, these new bonuses ensure that if you have any love for this film (and what kind of person are you if you don’t?), you will be purchasing it again.
Of all of the reissues covered here, the one that is least likely to already be on your DVD shelf is Pier Paolo Pasolini’s notorious 1975 swan song, “Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom”--although Criterion released a DVD of this decidedly grotesque Marquise de Sade-inspired metaphor for the rise of fascism in Italy (in which a group of beautiful young boys and girls are brought to a remote castle in order to be ritualistically abused, tortured and murdered by a quartet of jaded upper-crust perverts in ways that would make Eli Roth lose his lunch) about a decade ago, it was mysteriously pulled from the marketplace after only a few weeks and, because of its subsequent scarcity, began fetching upwards of $500 a pop for legitimate copies (and the occasional bootleg) on the secondary market. Now it has returned to stores in a full-on special edition that trumps the bare-bones original with a second disc of extras that includes “Salo: Today and Yesterday,” a retrospective documentary from 2002 about the film and its reputation that includes footage of Pasolini at work shooting the finale, the 2001 short “Fade to Black” in which provocative filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, John Maybury and Catherine Breillat offer defenses of the film and its extreme nature, the 40-minute production diary “The End of Salo” that offers a further look at the filming of the conclusion and also offer glimpses of things that didn’t make the final cut, a interview with production designer Dante Ferretti and a booklet including numerous essays on the film and its various interpretations. If you are an admirer of “Salo” (and such people are out there), this reissue is a no-brainer as the extras are the typical Criterion offerings that eschew fluff for items that actually enhance your knowledge and appreciation for the film at hand. However, if you have never seen it before and are curious to see what all the fuss is about, I would seriously advise you to think twice about it before plunking your money down--while there is a point to all the unpleasantness that Pasolini puts on display, it is so grim and gross in its depiction of the cruelties that the strong will unhesitatingly bestow upon the week that even the strongest of heart will probably find themselves abandoning it long before it concludes. (Hell, I find it almost impossible to sit through and I thought “Funny Games” was a walk in the park.) If you are feeling adventuresome, go ahead and check it out if you dare--just don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
Shifting gears slightly, our final title is “The Three Stooges Collection Volume 3: 1940-1942,” the latest in Sony Home Video’s ongoing attempt to release every single one of the 190 shorts that the legendary comedy team made for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959 in chronological order. Before this, the studio preferred to issue fairly shoddy “best of” sets that threw together collections of random shorts without putting any sort of thought into their presentation (the shorts appeared to have been taken from the same beat-up masters that have been playing on television for the last 50-odd years)--the results were so shoddy that even hardcore Stooge buffs eventually began to stay away from them in droves. However, these new sets are simply joys to behold--the shorts have been digitally remastered so that they look and sound better than they have at any time since their original releases, the two-disc sets offer a generous number of titles and they are even affordably priced to boot. This collection offers up 23 titles (all of them featuring the classic group incarnation of Moe, Larry and Curly) and includes such classics as 1940’s “You Natzy Spy” (a political satire that featured Moe as a lampoon of Adolph Hitler months before Chaplin came out with “The Great Dictator”), the 1941 sequel “I’ll Never Heil Again” and the legendary “In the Sweet Pie and Pie” (featuring one of the screen’s all-time great pie fights). More importantly, eight of the shorts found here--“From Nurse to Worse,” “Cookoo Cavaliers,” “So Long, Mr. Chumps,” “Some More of Samoa,” “Loco Boy Makes Good,” “What’s the Matador?,” “Even As I.O.U.” and “Sock-A-Bye Baby”--have never appeared on DVD before. Needless to say, the combination of those new-to-DVD titles and the fantastic job of restoration to the older titles means that this upgrade is, appropriately enough, a no-brainer.
BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF: Written by Stephane Cabel & Christophe Gans. Directed by Christophe Gans. Starring Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jeremie Renier and Mark Dacascos. 2001 151 minutes. Unrated. A Universal Home Entertainment release. $19.98.
DELICATESSEN: Written by Gilles Adrien, Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro. Starring Dominique Pinion, Marie-Laure and Jean-Claude Dreyfus. 1991. 99 minutes. Rated R. A Lionsgate Home Entertainment release. $19.98
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Written by Caroline Thompson. Directed by Henry Selick. Starring Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Danny Elfman and Paul Reubens. 1993. 76 minutes. Rated PG. A Buena Vista Home Entertainment release. $32.99
SALO OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM: Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Citti. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Starring Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle and Aldo Valetti. 1975. 116 minutes. Unrated. A Criterion Collection release. $39.95.
THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION VOLUME THREE: 1940-1942: A Sony Home Entertainment release. $24.98.
NEW AND NOTABLE
ALFRESCO (Acorn Media. $39.99): Why would you have any interest in a British sketch-comedy series from the 1980’s that many of you have most likely never heard of before reading these words? Well, I’m guessing that you might be curious because the cast includes such then-unknowns as Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Robbie Coltrane, that’s why.
AUGUST (First Look Pictures. $28.98): If you are feeling pangs of nostalgia for those heady pre-9/11 days when the dot.com bubble burst and sent countless paper millionaires into financial ruin, you may get a kick out of this barely released item featuring Josh Hartnett as an entrepreneur struggling to keep his own tech company afloat against nightmarish odds. Oh well, if that holds no interest, perhaps you might be intrigued by a supporting cast that includes Rip Torn, Emmanuelle Chriqui, the always-welcome Robin Tunney and David Bowie as the big, bad corporate raider.
CHICAGO 10 (Paramount Home Video. $29.98): Brett Morgan, the director of such acclaimed documentaries as “On the Ropes” and “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” returns with this flawed-but-intriguing work that utilizes archival footage, court transcripts and animation (yes, animation) to tell the story of the anti-war demonstrations that occurred in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention and the often-surreal trial the next year in which the key organizers of the protest (including Bobby Seale, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Abbie Hoffman) were charged with conspiracy. Some of the story is fascinating but the choice to tell most of it via animation calls so much attention to itself that it robs the material of the immediacy it might have otherwise had.
HEROES--SEASON 2 (Universal Home Entertainment. $39.98): The bad news regarding the sophomore season of the highly popular fantasy series is that even its most devoted fans believed that it kind of went off the rails by sticking its most beloved characters in meandering storylines while spending too much time introducing new characters that simply weren’t as interesting or compelling. The good news is that because of the Writer’s Guild strike, the creators of the show were able to wrap things up earlier than planned (even going so far as to scrap a couple of episodes that were already shooting) and instead of picking them up when the strike ended, they chose to stay on hiatus spend more time going back to the drawing board for the all-important third season. Anyway, those fans will still presumably want to pick up this 4-disc collection of the eleven episodes that did air, if only to check out the copious number of deleted scenes as well as footage from how the final episode, “Generations,” was originally supposed to end before the strike got in the way. (Alas, in promoting this, the good people at Universal have blatantly stuck a huge plot spoiler in the write-up on the back of the box. In anticipation of their upcoming season premieres, this week also sees the release of the entertaining “Everybody Hates Chris: The Third Season” (CBS DVD. $39.98) and “NCIS: The Fifth Season” (CBS DVD. $55.98), which I am compelled to mention because a.) my dad really likes the show and b.) that Pauly Parette sure is easy on the eyes.
THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER (Lionsgate Home Entertainment. $14.98): After the enormous popularity of “Superman” back in 1978, there were many attempts to cash in on its success with other big-screen revivals of well-known pop-cultural icons and this 1981 effort, which offered its few viewers such allegedly sure-fire elements as Jason Robards as Ulysses S. Grant (though his recitation of “Who was that masked man?” was almost worth the price of admission all by itself), male model Klinton Spilsbury in his simultaneous career debut and demise in the title role (actually, when his voice was deemed to be insufficiently heroic, his entire part was redubbed by James Keach) and a screenplay that suggested, among other things, that the Lone Ranger used silver bullets because he was a crappy shot. Alas, anyone hoping to learn a little bit about why this film bombed so badly will be sorely disappointed with this bargain-basement release--not only does it contain no bonus features to speak of, Lionsgate didn’t even bother to put it out in widescreen, preferring instead to issue it in a crappy-looking pan-and--scan transfer that would have looked embarrassing even back in the lowly days of VHS.
LINDA LOVELACE FOR PRESIDENT (Dark Sky Films. $14.99): Like many exploitation films, this 1975 effort, a failed attempt by the ex-porn icon to break into legitimate filmmaking (okay, semi-legitimate), is nowhere near as inventive or involving as its title. However, if you have always dreamed of one day seeing a film co-starring Lovelace, Joe E. Ross, Scatman Crothers and ex-Monkee Mickey Dolenz, this is your one and only chance.
THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING (Buena Vista Home Entertainment. $29.99): In the grand tradition of “Butch and Sundance: The Early Years,” “Hannibal Rising” and “The Phantom Menace,” this direct-to-video prequel to the 1989 film that helped reestablish Walt Disney Studios as an animation powerhouse tells the story of how everyone’s conch-shell-bra-wearing redhead (once again voiced by Jodi Benson) runs afoul of both her stern father and her evil governess (Sally Field) when she becomes fascinated with music, which Daddy had banned from his kingdom following the tragic death of his beloved wife years earlier. In other words, it is pretty much an underwater version of “Footloose” but on the bright side, this is supposedly the last of Disney’s attempts to exploit their most beloved assets via cheesy direct-to-video sequels. Actually, it isn’t quite as bad as it sounds but you and your kids would be much better off by simply watching the original again.
LYNCH (ONE) (Absurda. $29.95): This fascinating impressionistic documentary takes a look at the decidedly unique artistic process of David Lynch by following along with him on the set during the shooting of his mind-bender “Inland Empire” and off of it as he regales us with stories from his past and offers up the occasional weather report for his website. By the way, the director of this 2007 film, credited here as “blackANDwhite,” is rumored to be a pseudonym for Lynch himself.
MY SASSY GIRL (Fox Home Entertainment. $27.98): No, this is not a big-screen adaptation of the time I found myself penning a movie review for the late, great magazine “Sassy” (an experience that, thanks to an unfortunate mishap added to my text during the copyediting phase, ended with me publicly threatening to hunt down the editor in question) . Instead, this is a remake of a popular 2001 Korean romantic comedy-drama about a straitlaced young man (Jesse Bradford) who finds his orderly world turned upside-down by a beautiful and free-spirited young woman (Elisha Cuthbert) with a couple of secrets of her own. Since I haven’t actually seen this direct-to-video item yet, I can’t really offer any judgment as to its quality. However, since it was directed by Yann Samuell, whose previous film was the utterly repellent “Love Me If You Dare” (a work so dreadful that it managed to make even Marion Cotillard come across as loathsome and unbearable), I would be more than a little wary.
POPE DREAMS (Ocean Park Home Entertainment. $24.98): No, this is not an inspiring documentary following two kids from the housing projects of Chicago as they compete to become the head of the Catholic Church. Instead, it is a coming-of-age comedy drama about the relationship that unexpectedly develops between a young small-town loner (Phillip Venable) with dreams of making it in L.A. as a musician and a Stanford co-ed (Marne Patterson) who decides to date him solely to upset her father so that he will allow her to go off to Key West with her real boyfriend. Oh yeah, at the same time, the loner’s mother (Julie Hagerty) is dying of cancer and he is trying to raise money for her to travel to the Vatican to meet the Pope.
POSTAL (Vivendi Entertainment. $26.99): In adapting the once-controversial videogame to the big screen, the redoubtable Uwe Boll has presented us with a scattershot black comedy in which an unemployed loser (Zack Ward) and his frequently pantsless religious guru uncle (Dave Foley) do violent battle with Osama bin Laden and his minions over a shipment of popular dolls that the former want in order to score some quick cash and the latter require as part of a plan to destroy America by spreading avian bird flu. In the right hands, I can see how this could have potentially formed the basis of a wicked bit of political satire but in Boll’s greasy mitts, it turns out to be a noisy and completely incoherent mess that spends so much time trying to offend viewers (such as an opening scene set in the cockpit of one of the planes heading for the World Trade Center on 9/11, a “Little Germany” theme park where the owner--Boll himself--pays his special guests in gold teeth and endless scenes of little kids being killed in gory fashion) that it never gets around to actually being funny. If you do dare to add this to your DVD collection, the extras include a commentary track from Boll (which, if it is anything like the other ones he has done, is probably more entertaining than the film itself), a behind-the-scenes look at the “Little Germany” shoot, video of Boll’s infamous series of boxing matches against a group of film critics who publicly dissed his previous efforts (alas, the untrained scribes stepped into the ring not realizing that Boll actually was a boxer with predictable results) and a copy of the “Postal 2” videogame.
THE PRESIDENTS COLLLECTION (Paramount Home Video. $129.98): Originally produced for the PBS series “American Experience,” this 15-disc box set (running over 35 hours long) offers up fascinating full-length documentaries on the lives and legacies of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. If you are even slightly interested in the history of modern politics in America, this behemoth is a must-have purchase that is worth every penny.
PURPLE VIOLETS (The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment. $19.98): Oh boy, another comedy-drama about the romantic trials and tribulations of a group of New York City dopes--a quartet of old college acquaintances in this case--from the mind of the frequently intolerable Edward Burns, who still doesn’t seem to realize that whatever heat he might have generated from his 1995 debut “The Brothers McMullen” has long since dissipated. Then again, maybe the fact that this effort didn’t even go direct to video after bypassing theaters--it actually became the first film to premiere on iTunes--may serve as a hint that his day as the hunky indie auteur has finally and mercifully passed, leaving him plenty of time to get in shape for “A Sound of Thunder 2.”
REDBELT (Sony Home Entertainment. $27.98): Although the idea of a film set in the world of mixed martial arts written and directed by David Mamet and co-starring Tim Allen may sound too bizarre to be believed, it is actually a surprisingly strong and sound action drama about a MMA teacher (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who finds his strict personal code (which forbids him from taking part in any competitions, which he feels debases the purity of his work) challenged when he inadvertently finds himself crossing paths with sleazy fight promoters (including Mamet stalwart Ricky Jay), Hollywood weasels (such as action star Allen and manager Joe Mantegna) and a lawyer (Emily Mortimer) with some demons of her own. As always, Mamet’s screenplay and handling of the actors is top-notch (even Allen is surprisingly effective here) and he shows a flair for staging the fight sequences as well. In other words, this is the rare action film that is a pleasure for the mind as well as the eye.
TERRY PRATCHETT’s DISCWORLD (Acorn Media. $39.98): Two works of the acclaimed comedy-fantasy author are brought to animated life in these surreal and highly entertaining British TV presentations. “Wyrd Sisters” is a full-length homage/goof on the works of William Shakespeare about a trio of witches who find themselves caught up in royal intrigue when they find themselves charged with protecting an infant prince from a cabal of assassins. “Soul Music” is an even-more-ambitious seven-part miniseries in which a young musician seeking fame and fortune stumbles upon a cursed guitar that helps him invent rock music, though at a terrible price, while Death (voiced by none other than Christopher Lee) deals with the passing of his own adopted daughter by taking time off from his soul collecting duties and allowing his inexperienced teenage granddaughter to pick up the slack in his absence.
THE UNTOUCHABLES: SEASON 2, VOLUME 2 (CBS DVD. $39.98): In these 16 episodes concluding the second season of the popular Prohibition-era cop show, Elliott Ness (Robert Stack) and his men deal with gangsters who are moving away from illicit hootch and towards narcotics, a mobster discovers that faking one’s death isn’t as easy as it looks and Al Capone tries to sneak his mentor into the country to cast the tie-breaking ballot in a crucial syndicate vote.
VIRGIN TERRITORY (Starz/Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. $26.97): In what may be the single weirdest release of the week (yes, even stranger than “Postal,” this bit of ribaldry is actually a loose adaptation of Boccaccio’s short story collection “Il Decameron” (which was previously brought to the screen by Pier Paolo Pasolini) in which a group of 14th-century hotties (including Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton) swap spit and sexy stories while the Black Plague slowly makes its way through Florence. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this wound up bypassing theaters and instead has gone straight to DVD obscurity, no doubt to the relief of co-star Tim Roth.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (Fox Home Entertainment. $29.99): Fox kicked off their 2008 summer season with this utterly insipid feature-length sitcom in which Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher (both of whom deserve better than this) meet cute one night in Vegas, get married on a drunken whim and have to stay together for some damn reason when they inadvertently hit a $3 million jackpot. However, while it made a ton of money, it was so bad that it seems to have inspired a curse upon the studio for the remainder of the season as every one of their follow-ups (including “The Happening,” “Meet Dave” and “The X-Files: I Want to Believe”) were enormous critical and commercial disasters--proof positive that arousing the anger of the movie gods is never a good idea.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? (The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment. $24.95): Although early reports surrounding Morgan Spurlock’s follow-up to his fairly overrated 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” which finds him traveling the world in order to allegedly track down you-know-who for an interview, suggested that he actually managed to get the most wanted man in the world of film, that turns out not to have been the case after all. Instead, the film is just a meandering and embarrassingly trite ego-fest in which Spurlock smirks his way through a number of hot spots in the world without any discernable point or purpose. The DVD version of the film, which quickly came and went from theaters last spring,
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