Category Archives: DVD Alert

My Own Private Idaho: Premium Collection (Blu-ray Review)

My Own Private Idaho is the sort of film that really shouldn’t work. The movie apparently came about when writer/director Gus Van Sant was working on three separate scripts and then decided to merge them all together. The result is a movie that ought to be a mess. The tone and story jump about, some of its pretty random and surreal, and its Shakespearean pretentions are a bit bizarre. However, it works. These disparate elements and tones come together, helped by an astonishing performance by River Phoenix as young hustler Mike. His character – an outsider living a marginal and disintegrating existence – is a reflection of the film itself. It ultimately becomes an unexpected masterclass of montage – where by placing seemingly disparate things side-by-side and throwing in unexpected imagery (not least the famous falling barn), it creates something unique and pulls you into a character and world in a way few other films have ever managed. Read More here

Upcoming Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-ray Releases

U.S. label Mill Creek Entertainment will add three new releases to its Blu-ray catalog: Richard Benjamin’s Little Nikita, David Seltzer’s Punchline, and the triple feature Psycho Circus (The Creeping Fles/Brotherhood of Satan/Torture Garden).
Little Nikita
Synopsis: Jeff is an American student applying to the Air Force Academy. Roy is an FBI agent doing his background check when he discovers Grant’s parents are undercover Russian spies disguised as Americans. When Roy confronts Grant about his parents, he is forced to make a decision that could save his entire country! Starring Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Richard Jenkins, Caroline Kava, and Richard Bradford. Read More: // here

Criterion Blu-ray Reviews: ‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, and ‘My Own Private Idaho’

My Own Private Idaho was the film that showed both Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix were capable of multitudes. Everyone knew that Phoenix was someone special, but Reeves was known for playing stoner types, while here he stretched. Phoenix stars as Mike Waters, a gay prostitute who suffers from narcolepsy, which leads him to fall asleep at inopportune times. He’s best friends with Scott Favor (Reeves), who also tricks but comes from a rich family, and is slumming as a way to be a prodigal son. They’re both friends with Bob Pidgeon (William Richert), who is Falstaff to Scott’s King Henry – literally, as the film is based on the works of William Shakespeare. Eventually the two quest to find Mike’s missing mom, and though Scott is only gay for pay, Mike has feelings for Scott he can’t ignore. Read More: // here