Mike’s Picks: ‘Brewster McCloud’ and ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’

Brewster McCloud

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Comedy, $21.99 Blu-ray, ‘R.’
Stars Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy, William Windom.
Sandwiched between two of its era’s landmark screen achievements — MASH and McCabe and Mrs. Miller — Robert Altman’s Astrodome fantasy Brewster McCloud is an oddball even by his standards, which indeed could get mighty eccentric on occasion.
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Distant Voices, Still Lives

MVD/Arrow, Drama, $39.95 Blu-ray, ‘PG-13.’
Stars Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh.
1988. Terence Davies’ remarkable remembrance Distant Voices, Still Lives, is one bleak story, and yet its portrayal of Liverpool formative years during the ’40s and into the mid-’50s is remarkable — and, consistently moving. Davies’ look-back at a contender for eternity’s most dysfunctional family is autobiographical as well, and this is a significant source of its power.
Extras: Davies does the voiceover commentary and appears on a stage interview of a half-hour’s duration. There’s also featurette with art director Miki van Zwanenberg, plural essays and three vintage BFI National Archive short subjects about Liverpool.
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