Hysterical Will Crack Your Bowl

Horror comedies can be hit or miss.  By that I mean, about one hits for every 999 that miss.  And many of those misses can be downright excruciating.  So if one gets made that actually works, we should all hold it up, protect and praise it.  Well, I'm not sure if 1982's Hysterical works, or if it's just because I grew up with it since I was a little kid, but I love it.  Unfortunately, though, it's been languishing in relative obscurity, available here in the US only on a long out of print, murky fullscreen Image DVD from 2001.

...But it might be a different story in Germany.  There, in 2004, Marketing Film released it on DVD as Ein Sprung in der Schüssel, which Google translates to A Crack In the Bowl.  According to online listings, this is an anamorphic widescreen, English-friendly edition, which even includes deleted scenes and other extras!  That sounds a little too good to be true, but I couldn't live without knowing, so I tracked down a copy.  And, uh, it is and it isn't.
This is a movie written by and starring The Hudson Brothers.  You may know the name these days for celebrity drama, as one of them is Goldie Hawn's ex who publicly disowned daughter/ star Kate Hudson.  But they started out as a band, who had some success, and even briefly hosted a very weird children's variety show called The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (and a later UK version called Bonkers!).  I've seen them described as teen idols, but this was definitely a show for younger kids.  Anyway, this is a film I'd liken to the Valentina movie in the sense that it's better if you just stumble into it without being familiar with the previous work.  Once you discover that it's of a piece with some inferior television work, it loses some of the shine.  Because taken on its own, it's so wild and weird.
You'd never guess anyone considered this goofball trio to be teen idols  or credible musicians based on this movie.  They're hammy, but not unappealing Dad Joke guys emulating a lot of classic Vaudeville-style film comics.  You'll catch some Abbott and Costello for sure (there's practically a full-on Lou Costello "t-t-t-the-the monster is right behind you" impression at one point), maybe a little Wheeler and Woolsey, but by and large they're presenting themselves as modern day Marx Brothers.  Mark is Chico, Brett is Harpo and Bill is Gummo.  That's right, they've chosen to do three Marx Brothers without a Groucho (although Bill does do a bit with greasepaint eyebrows that's a clear homage), which should tell you all you need to know about how offbeat and possibly misguided this movie is.
zombies getting coffee long before Jim Jarmusch touched a camera.
Bill plays a big city author who visits the small town of Hellview to get away from it all and work on his first serious novel.  He's our romantic lead (again, Gummo) who accidentally awakens the local lighthouse ghost, Catwoman herself Julie Newmar.  She, in turn, awakens the corpse of her ex lover (Richard Kiel, a.k.a. Jaws from James Bond) to do her murderous bidding.  The mayor from Jaws, Murray Hamilton, plays... the mayor from Jaws, who consults with the local mortician (Bud Cort) and sheriff (Clint Walker) to bring in expert help, which turns out to be two lunatic adventurers: Mark and Brett.  Of course, they're not much help, and soon everybody Kiel murders returns as a zombie, recognizable by their pale faces, turtleneck sweaters and the repeated phrase "what difference does it make?"
Everybody is somebody in this.  Robert Donner plays Ralph, the town crazy who warns everybody that they're doomed... a direct emulation of Crazy Ralph from Friday the 13th 1 and 2Franklyn Ajaye is the local librarian who intones "the library is closed; all white people must leave," John Larroquette is a stoner tour guide and Charlie Callas is, of course, Dracula.  Honestly, it's cast like an episode of Hollywood Squares, and that's kind of the tone, but funneled into a horror framework and packed with low effort parodies of movies like Taxi Driver, Indiana Jones and The Exorcist.  If you've ever wanted to see a Marx Brothers version of Night Of the Living Dead - and my god, how could you not? - they made that movie in 1982, and it's called Hysterical!

So how is this German DVD?  Is it really anamorphic widescreen like they say?  Does it truly look better than the American disc?
2001 US Image DVD top; 2004 DE Marketing DVD bottom.
Yes!  Okay, granted, it's a question of properly framing an open matte 1.29:1 transfer to 1.73:1, not revealing a whole ton of picture on the sides (though there's a little more on the left).  But just look at that - it's such an improvement.  The colors are natural, the brightness is accurate, as opposed to the murky blues and blacks of Image's transfer (which, based on that cigarette burn we saw earlier, was presumably based on a print), where you often can't even tell what you're looking at during night scenes.  It fixes the interlacing!  You can actually make out smaller detail, like the smaller "TERRIFIC READING!" sign above the reporter's head.  It literally looks like night and day.

But uh-oh, wait.  Why can't I get the English audio to play?  It lets me switch between a German 2.0 dub and, incredibly, a German 5.1 remix.  But no English?  There's not even any subtitles...  Listings said this was English friendly!  What's going on?!
2004 DE Marketing DVD, "Original-Fassung (Englisch)."
Well, dig around the Zusatzmaterial menu, and at the bottom you'll find the "Original-Fassung (Englisch)."  And that's... a straight rip of the Image DVD!  Even the interlacing and NTSC runtime is back.  It's a bit of a puzzler why they did it like that at first, but I figured it out when I really sat down and dug through everything on this disc.

The reason this DVD has deleted scenes is that the German version is missing scenes.  It seems like they mostly cut drug and alcohol references to make it more family friendly.  They also cut out the big "Zomboogie" musical number out of the last act, presumably because the German voice actors couldn't remake the full song in German.  So the only way to watch the full uncut version is to watch the Original English version, which looks like blue mud.  On the plus side, whoever put this DVD together really seemed to care, because not only did they include both versions, the deleted scenes are carefully laid out with the surrounding context and widescreen versions sans sound, then repeated with the murky English version.
Speaking of extras, Image only had the trailer.  Marketing has that trailer, plus two alternate ones (I told ya someone cared).  There are also two stills galleries, one of promo photos and one of various home video release covers.  And there's a 9-minute promo video, sadly unsubtitled, where some German marketing guy in the 80s talks up this film's VHS release.

So, could you... rip both versions, sync the uncut English audio to the widescreen version of the film, cutting the silent widescreen deleted scenes back?  Yes!  Although you'd have to adjust the speed to match the NTSC audio to the PAL video, slightly complicated by the fact that the German version opens with an extra MGM logo throwing off the timing.  But yeah, completely hypothetically speaking, you could make yourself a vastly superior, widescreen, English-friendly, uncut Hysterical with this DVD if you were dedicated enough.
Either way, I guess Marketing's disc is the best version of the film available.  Even if you say the German stuff is worthless because it's not English-friendly, you do get everything from the Image DVD plus a couple extra trailers and galleries.  Obviously, the ideal solution would be for somebody like Scream Factory or Vinegar Syndrome to save our beloved film from this quagmire (it's enough to put a crack in your bowl!) with a fancy HD restoration.  But I don't know what the rights issue is like.  In the meantime, these are our choices.  I'd say it's probably not worth importing for most film fans, except the Image DVD is so OOP it goes for close to $100 these days.  So the German DVD is probably the way to go after all.  But lordy, I'd jump on a blu-ray!

Worth the Wait: You Hurt My Feelings

Finally - a new Nicole Holofcener film!  I mean, it's been nice to see her getting work and recognition writing and adapting other peoples' projects.  But it's been a long wait since we've gotten her directing her own original story - a full decade.  But thanks to the wisdom of A24, she's back and she hasn't missed a step.  I've had You Hurt My Feelings pre-ordered since the day it was announced, and this Tuesday it arrived: a DVD/ BD combo-pack from Lions Gate.  I'm giddy.

In her letters, Jane Austen famously described her work as "the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labour?"  This film generally received good reviews, but when I see it get knocked, it's usually for being "small."  The comedy isn't broad and the subject matter is a petty matter given the state of things.  But of course, the drama over whether the husband likes her book is just the visible tip of a whole iceberg of profound issues of self-esteem and trust floating underneath all of our relationships.
I was just debating with my family whether we liked this more or less than Enough Said, and it was a dead split.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of course, already proved there what an excellent match she is for Holofcener's words, and she's every bit as funny and real here.  Tobias Menzies I wasn't familiar with, but he knocked it out of the park, too.  And there are so many gems in the supporting cast: Owen Teague from the It films, David Cross, that guy from Severance, Jeannie Berlin as the mom and Sarah Steele, the daughter from Please Give, returns for a fun part.  Oh, and Josh Pais cameos as himself.  Holofcener is fully in her New York element, and it's great to see her capture the spirit of her locations.  My only gripe, and it's a tiny one, is that the music is occasionally a little on the nose.  It's a fitting and appealing score overall, but there are a few points where the piano plinks in just at an emotional line that feels like a nettlesome cue to respond correctly to the scene.  And those scenes didn't need the assist.
2023 Lions Gate DVD top; 2023 Lions Gate BD bottom.
I was expecting to do a straight blu-ray for this one, but since it turned out to be a combo-pack, we get to do a bonus comparison.  This movie has a bit of a hazy, low contrasty brownish look, but putting it alongside the DVD allows us to appreciate the benefits of the blu's high definition.  It's like you're flipping in and out of focus.  And surprisingly, while this obviously features an identical 1.85:1 transfer for the most part, just in differing resolutions, there is one more difference.  The DVD, for whatever reason, is distinctly darker.  Maybe it's a conscious decision, like if they can't display the fine detail clearly, they'll try to hide it with darker shadows, or just a weird mistake.  It doesn't look bad either way, but it's a curious and unexpected distinction.

Both discs feature 5.1 audio, in DTS-HD on the blu, with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
When I pre-ordered this, I was fully prepared for the cheap, Lions Gate mainstream release experience.  So it was a happy surprise when my copy arrived with an audio commentary and featurette.  The commentary's by Holofcener and Louis-Dreyfus, and it's very casual with lots of talk about who likes various articles of clothing, stretches of silence and what food was good on set that day.  But there's good stuff in there, too, including some insight into the writing behind various scenes and alternate lines that were improvised.  And they keep it upbeat and humorous.  The featurette is kind of the same.  We get some welcome interviews with Holofcener and the cast, and a little behind-the-scenes footage, but it is very clip heavy.  Like they're determined to replay every funny moment from the film as if we hadn't just watched it.  So they're good, not great, but overall some welcome extra value, especially since nothing was announced beforehand.  Plus, it's more than we tend to get with Holofcener discs.  We also get a couple bonus A24 trailers (though not the You Hurt My Feelings trailer) and a slipcover.
For me, this was a must-have the day it was announced.  The extras and stuff just make it all the more rewarding.  Now, let's hope it doesn't take another ten years for the next one.

Olive Film's Unsung Carrington

It's 1915.  "Who on Earth is that ravishing young boy," asks gay Bloomsbury author Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce), about Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson), who turns out to be not just a famous painter, but a decidedly grown woman with short hair, who fiercely protects her virginity and wishes she had never been born female.  The title is Carrington, but it could just as easily have been Strachey and Carrington, as the focus is consistently on the two of them and their relationship.  And in fact, the screenplay is based on a Strachey biography by Michael Holroyd.  The two of them wind up in a powerful, and powerfully complicated, lifelong relationship with multiple lovers and spouses.  Under-appreciated in its time (1995), I'm surprised this film hasn't been reclaimed yet as an important high point of queer cinema, but it's also so much more than that.
Writer/ director/ playwright Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Cheri) has turned their true story into a rich, literary piece of cinematic art.  It's funny, it's heart-wrenching and all too relatable without any false sentimentality.  There are also striking themes about class and the war most of its peers would've side-stepped.  The writing's probably the singular star, but Pryce and Thompson give two of their career-best performances, and the score and locations are lush and beautiful even before you factor in Carrington's paintings (which, unlike some other recent painter biopics of note, are shown here).  The rest of the cast is spot on, too, including Rufus Sewell, Steven Waddington and Samuel West.  And I'm always caught by surprise when a young Jeremy Northam. turns up in the last act.

There's depressingly little to Carrington's story on home video considering what a brilliant film it is.  MGM released it on DVD back in 2001.  That was all we had until Olive Films came around and released it on DVD and blu (separate releases) in 2016.
2001 MGM DVD top; 2016 Olive BD bottom.
Olive's new blu is much more than just MGM's old master on an HD disc, it's a total remaster.  Not that MGM's DVD was so terrible.  They gave us a slightly windowboxed 1.82:1 anamorphic, while Olive gives us a brighter and much clearer 1.85:1 with noticeably more picture along all four sides, and free of the DVD's muddy compression.  That said, it's clearly not a modern HD transfer.  Film grain is, like, not visible at all.  This is probably an HD master that was made ages ago, but still after the one MGM used for their disc.  In other words, it's not on par with any fancy 4k releases, but it's a heck of an upgrade over the old DVD.

Both discs featurette the original stereo audio track, in DTS-HD on the blu and optional English subtitles.  MGM also has French, Spanish and HoH subs.
MGM's DVD was pretty sparse, but not completely barren.  Their primary extra is a ten minute vintage featurette, which is about as good as it could be given its length.  It features interviews with all the lead actors, the director and an uncredited guy who I'm pretty certain is the original novelist, plus a little B-roll.  But it's too short to go into much depth.  Besides that, there's the trailer and a couple of bonus trailers.  Happily, Olive kept the featurette and trailer, ditching only the bonus trailers.  They didn't add anything more, but the did fix the interlacing on the featurette, so that's nice.
This shelf-essential blu-ray has been available pretty cheap for years.  But now that Olive Films is no more, it's out of print and slowly becoming scarcer.  This is one you should definitely grab now before you wind up having to pay through the nose a few years down the line.

Stuart Gordon's Screaming Empire of Dolls

For my money, Dolls is the best of Stuart Gordon's non-Lovecraftian adaptations, and maybe even better than one or two of those. It already received a pretty nice DVD from MGM, with an excellent OAR transfer and two strong audio commentaries. But still, a special edition with no video extras (i.e. any documentaries, deleted scenes, interviews) feels a little incomplete. So I was happy to see Scream Factory filling that gap when it came time for their blu-ray upgrade.

Update 2/14/15 - 7/47/17: I just picked up an interesting 2011 DVD set from MGM, called 6 Horror MoviesDolls is one of those six, so I'm adding it to the comparison.

Update 8/11/23: Arrow has decided to show Dolls a little more love, giving it a fresh 2k scan and all new special features in their fancy new 'Enter the Video Store' set.  Is it enough to justify tracking down a copy of this immediately OOP and very pricey box?  Let's open it up and see.
This film has more of an almost family-friendly, children's' story feel to it, even though it's still a pretty gruesome story. It's a dark and stormy night when a little girl, her father and wicked stepmother (played to the hilt by Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) wind up having to spend the night with a creepy old couple who live in an old, isolated mansion with no telephone. The house is full of Victorian-style porcelain dolls because the old man is a toy maker living in seclusion. A cheerful salesman (Stephen Lee, who you probably remember from Gordon's Pit & the Pendulum) soon also arrives with two colorful punk rock hitchhikers, and they wind up stirring the dolls, who are actually little killer monsters who have a really negative reaction to rude behavior.
Dolls has an interesting production history I didn't realize until watching the extras. Apparently, as they were about to begin filming From Beyond, Charles Band gave him the script to Dolls and asked him to shoot it on the same sets first. So that's why it's not written by Gordon's usual guy, Dennis Paoli (though Brian Yuzna is still on board as a producer). And even though he shot it first, it didn't come out until after From Beyond, because the film took so long in post-production, adding insert shots and especially David Allen's awesome stop-motion imagery of living dolls. Everything here is just about having fun with the horror genre, often with a very classic, early Hollywood feel. The fantasy sequence at the beginning with the killer teddy bear is worth the price of admission alone, one of my favorite horror moments as a kid that still plays just as well watching it again today.
MGM released this as a pretty sweet special edition in 2005.  Remember when they used to put out all those sweet Midnite Movies discs of all their cult and horror titles, and they'd be there on the shelf at all your local stores?  Ah, I miss those days.  Anyway, I've got that here, and it's a two-sided flipper disc, with a fullscreen version on the other side.  I've also got MGM's 2011 6 Horror Movies collection, and its Dolls disc is also a flipper, but loses its fullscreen side in favor of being backed with another of the six films (they do six films on three discs).  Scream bumped this deserving title to blu in 2014 as one of their signature Collector's Editions.  And now in 2023, Arrow has brought the title back as part of their limited 'Enter the Video Store: Empire of Screams' 5-film boxed set.
1) 2005 MGM DVD; 2) 2011 MGM DVD;
3) 2014 Scream Factory BD; 4) 2023 Arrow BD.

Scream Factory's 2014 blu looks great, but they really didn't have to do much beyond taking MGM's already top notch transfer from their original 2005 DVD and putting it on blu.  It's clearly the same master, with identical 1.75 framing, colors, etc.  And unsurprisingly, MGM's 2011 DVD is a precise match for their the 2005 DVD - no differences there.  Scream's blu obviously benefits from the upgrade to high definition of course, making everything cleaner and more attractive, which especially helps in a film like this, with a heightened, stylized look.  But Arrow's latest scan (and encode) is a distinct cut above, with film grain neatly captured and finally making this film look truly filmic for the first time.  But with that said, the adjusted 1.85:1 geometry is just barely perceptible even when directly comparing screenshots, and the colors (it's a shade brighter and cooler), detail, etc are nearly the same across editions.  There were never any issues like edge enhancement, DNR or interlacing down the line that cried out for fixing.  So whether you can appreciate the upgrade will depend almost entirely on your screen size.
2005 MGM DVD.
Oh, and for the curious, the full screen version is another one of those semi-open matte deals. It gives us a little more information vertically, along the bottom. But it cuts off chunks of the sides, too. I suppose they're trying their best to make it look good for 4:3 TVs by splitting the difference; but it winds up being less interesting than a standard open matte, as it doesn't even give us much more picture for curiosity's sake.

The DVDs, both full and wide, offer the original Dolby stereo track with optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish.  Both blus have that stereo mix, in DTS-HD on the Scream and LPCM on Arrow's, and also a new 5.1 remix, in DTS-HD on both blus.  Scream and Arrow also have just the English subtitles.
MGM's DVDs already started strong (yes, the 6-pack retains all the extras from the solo releases, which is absolutely appreciated) with two audio commentaries.  The first is a really informative one by Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Ed Naha. And the second one is a more upbeat cast commentary by Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Williams and Carrie Lorraine, who played the little girl. The latter might've benefited from a moderator, as it often gets stuck when the actors can't think of anything to say; but they do have a lot to offer when they start gathering momentum.  Besides that, there's the trailer, a photo gallery and storyboard comparison.  All of which Scream carried over to their edition.

Oh, MGM's discs also had an additional commercial for their horror line of DVDs and opened with one of those annoying "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A HANDBAG" [silly, how else do they think I pay for all their DVDs?] anti-piracy commercials.  Thankfully, Scream let those go.
But the real treat is that they've also created a new 30-minute retrospective documentary called Toys of Terror: The Making of Dolls, featuring interviews with Stuart Gordon, Charles Band, Brian Yuzna, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, effects artists Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale, and John Vulich. It really does add a lot of depth to the release, and while it is sometimes a little redundant, repeating facts and stories that we already heard in the commentaries, it's kind of fun to hear how Gordon's tale of inspiration has changed over the years.  In the commentary, he and his wife talk about how he was looking at a collection of very old dolls late at night in a museum and thought to himself, wouldn't it be scary if he'd gotten locked inside? In the documentary, he flat out says he was locked inside the museum and had to spend the night with the dolls.

Scream Factory's blu also features a couple bonus trailers, reversible artwork and a slipcover with their then-typical comic book-style cover, which I don't think ever suited these movies.
Happily, Arrow preserves all of that.  And they've added more to boot.  First of, there's an excellent, in-depth interview with the editor, who has a lot of good memories and insight to share about working with Gordon.  And then there's a new audio commentary by David Decoteau (Creepozoids, Nightmare Sisters), "Empire alumnus and friend of Stuart Gordon."  He starts off talking about his connections to Gordon and Dolls through Empire (i.e. he cast Guy Rolfe in Puppet Master 3 based on Gordon's recommendation after working with him in this), but is mostly just a rambling disquisition about his own career.  Curiously, the box credits two moderators, despite Decoteau clearly being alone during this recording.  He has plenty of fun anecdotes, and I still enjoyed the experience, but this is a commentary for fans of Decoteau, not Gordon.  It makes a little more sense when you remember this BD is part of the Empire boxed set, but it's something you'll probably want to bear in mind before dedicating the your evening to it.

Dolls also includes two additional trailers, a fold-out double-sided poster, three art cards and reversible artwork.  It doesn't come with its own booklet, but the set itself includes an 80-page hardbound book with writings on all the films and Empire in general.  That box also comes with a giant slipcover and a replica video store membership card.
So is it worth it?  Well, like I said about Scream's disc in 2015, "it's not some fancy restoration, since we didn't need one here. It's simply the basic boost from SD to HD, plus a nice, new documentary to sweeten the deal.  A very good release for a very good movie."  Well, now we've got the restoration, and it is an improvement.  And the new extras are nice, especially the interview with the editor.  If you love Dolls, this is the ideal version, no question.  We've gone from a very good to great release.  But if you're looking at a $150 EBay price-tag, and you're not particularly interested in the other four films, Scream's blu will still probably prove to be good enough for most folks.

Import Week, Day 6: Carnal Knowledge Restored in 4k

We conclude Import Week with a recent goodie.  The long-awaited restoration of Mike Nichols' 1971 classic Carnal Knowledge.  I remember a couple years ago when Studio Canal announced they were restoring the film in 4k, and everyone said "stay away from the old discs, now!"  But the actual 4k transfer on disc seemed to sneak out pretty quietly.  And of course, it didn't make it to America.
When I've been away from Carnal Knowledge for a while, I start to lose my affection for it.  "Do I really need to sit and revisit two guys being sexist for two hours with the lesson that sexism is bad?"  But as soon as I start to rewatch it, I'm instantly sucked in.  The writing is too real, the performances are too strong.  Yes, not just Jack NicholsonArt Garfunkel, Candice Bergen and Ann-Margret are all operating on the same level (keep your eyes open for the onscreen debut of Carol Kane, too).  It's elegantly photographed and scored, but most importantly, the script feels like a stage play... in the best way.  And in fact, it sort of is.  It's based on an unproduced or published play written by Jules Feiffer, who actually won the Pulitzer Prize as an editorial cartoonist.  And I think it's that mix of satirical edge and observation insight that elevates this beyond some banal battle of the sexes think piece.
MGM released Carnal Knowledge on a barebones flipper DVD (fullscreen and widescreen) in 1999, and that's the entire story in the United States.  So I've had my eye on previous BDs from Japan (expensive) and Spain (forced subtitles) over the years, but that all finally went out the window when Studio Canal restored the film in 4k, and that new transfer was released in France and Germany.  I've gone with the German one, co-released by Art Haus and Studio Canal.
1) 1999 MGM fullscreen DVD top; 2) 1999 MGM widescreen DVD;
3) 2022 Art Haus/ Studio Canal BD.

Wow!  MGM's DVD is a perfect example for novice viewers of why it's important in the correct aspect ratio rather than avoiding "the black bars."  Their 1.33:1 fullscreen presentation just lops off both sides of the picture, almost removing more of the image than it leaves in.  Though they do at least Pan & Scan to keep the most important element in the frame.  MGM's widescreen 2.35:1 is actually drawn out slightly further, showing a sliver more than Art Haus's 2.35:1, but obviously in terms of picture quality, it's a whole different world.  For starters, apparently Anne Margaret's bathrobe isn't blue!  The DVD looks like it's taken from a print, with its excessive contrast, while Studio Canal is giving us a fresh 4k scan of the original camera negative and looks it.  Colors are more subtle and natural, detail is clearer, and information that was once lost to the shadows is now restored.  Film grain, that just came off as vague splotches on the DVD, is now rendered clearly and authentically.  It's generally brighter, but without blowing out the highlights.  In short, it's night and day.

Both discs offer the original mono track, in DTS-HD on the blu.  MGM also had English and French subs, while AH/SC has additional French and German dubs, also in mono DTS-HD, and German and French subs.
MGM's DVD is completely barebones, without even the trailer.  The new BD doesn't have it either, but they did come up with something: an untranslated audio-only interview with a French critic.  I'm vaguely curious as to what he said and I certainly would've given it a listen if it were English friendly, but I'm not too broken-hearted about it.  It's not like they managed to interview someone from the cast or crew.  So unless you're fluent in French or German, this release is as barebones as every one in the past.  But man, it looks great.  And it's a real must-have film, even if you might have to push yourself to go back every so often to remind yourself.