Monday, February 7, 2011
So I was showing my wife a bit of Frank Perry's film LAST SUMMER the other night off of the dvr(was shown recently on TCM) and I realized that he has no films at all on blu-ray. I was a little shocked about this, but then I also realized that several of his great films(PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE and even LAST SUMMER) are still not even available on DVD! Truly a shame. Carrie Snodgress(who was totally underused in general) gives such a great performance in HOUSEWIFE. A couple of my favorite Perry films, THE SWIMMER & RANCHO DELUXE, are no longer even in print on DVD. RANCHO is up right now on Netflix Instant thankfully, as is his rarity LADYBUG LADYBUG. As far as his campy titles, MOMMIE DEAREST(perhaps one of his best known films) is out there on DVD, but MONSIGNOR is not. Christopher Reeve fans may find MONSIGNOR of some interest. An odd film for sure but interesting. Another of his that I like a lot is DAVID & LISA and that one is on DVD at least and can be found easily. Anyway, it seems to me that outside of the rumored release of LAST SUMMER through the Warner Archive, that it may be a long time before many of these others are ever available on DVD(reissued or for the 1st time) let alone blu-ray. A filmmaker of Perry's caliber deserves to be more widely available. Again, perhaps these movies will end up the fodder of high definition broadcasts, but that may be it unless Criterion steps in at some point.
Posted by Rupert Pupkin at 10:24 AM