Mike’s Picks: ‘Art School Confidential’ and ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

Art School Confidential

Street 11/6/18;
MVD, Comedy, $24.95 Blu-ray, ‘R.’
Stars Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent.
2006.
Something of a halfway follow-up to Ghost World, Art School Confidential remains the last feature to date of Terry Zwigoff, full of been-there comic observations that give Confidential a distinct point of view.
Extras: This Blu-ray release is basically a replication of the old Sony DVD, but the colors have added vibrancy, a couple of the bonus deleted scenes add to the dark party.
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Olive, Sci-Fi, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates.
1956.
Whether viewed as the sci-fi/horror classic it justifiably is, or as an example of inept studio suits sabotaging their own picture, or as an early example of a theatrical underachiever subsequently “made” by television showings, the original screen version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has provided lots of fodder for yarn-spinning over the years.
Extras: Includes a pair of commentaries, one by historian Richard Harland Smith, another by director Joe Dante with stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. There are also readings from director Don Siegel’s autobiography, other filmmakers describing what the film meant to them, a look at the filming locations and numerious retrospectives.
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