Rare, Sold-Out and Rarely AVAILABLE ON STREAMING – film of the Day : THE DUELLISTS by Ridley Scott!

Ridley Scott’s feature film debut, and arguably still his most beautiful film, THE DUELLISTS is a simply masterful film. For me Ridley Scott’s first 6 films, are just a director on fire. From DUELLISTS to ALIEN to BLADE RUNNER to LEGEND to SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME to BLACK RAIN, is simply a director crushing it from movie to movie, and genre to genre.

Now that said, after those first six films, I think he had a long period of films that I did not love; where the films just did not interest or appeal to me. In the last 20 years, while I like THE MARTIAN, arguably the only film of his I’m jazzed to rewatch… the way I am his first six films; is AMERICAN GANGSTER.

It is funny the careers of Ridley, and his late brother… the great director Tony Scott, are kinda like polar opposites. I Loved the films at the beginning of Ridley’s career, I think they are odd, intimate masterpieces, but have not been crazy about his later films. Tony Scott was the opposite, I wasn’t crazy about his early movies, but feel his films later in his directorial career really start knocking it out of the park.

Tony Scott’s partnership with Denzel Washington being a great and rewarding director/star relationship, reminiscent of other such acclaimed pairings… Ford/Wayne, Woo/Chow-Yun Fat, Lee/Washington, Leone/Eastwood, Capra/Stewart, Kurosawa/Mifune, Scorsese/De Niro, Hitchcok/Grant to name a few.

That partnership yielding one hands down masterpiece in MAN ON FIRE, and four enjoyable films in CRIMSON TIDE, DEJA VU, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123, and UNSTOPPABLE (Tony Scott’s final film). So it is unfortunate for many reasons, that we lost Tony Scott so unexpectedly.

But thankfully we still have Ridley making films, and despite some of his more recent films being not for me (GODS OF EGYPT), when he sticks the landing, we are all the better and richer for it. His upcoming THE LAST DUEL, from an Affleck/Damon script, sounding a bit like him revisiting his 40+ year old film, THE DUELLISTS.

 

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THREE BEST MOVIES NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD

THREE BEST MOVIES NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD

Dance of the Damned – Definitely of its 80s time, and since films (among them a mediocre ‘remake’) and television shows have borrowed liberally from this film’s premise it will seem familiar, but I think here in this low-budget nearly one scene film, is where this premise of predator and prey and the time before dawn… works best.

Dance of the Damned [VHS]

Cappuccino (1998) – I’ve spoken about this film before. A GREAT modern day noir/neo noir. And one that I definitely miss not having a great DVD version of with Director and Cast/Crew commentary.

Cappuccino [VHS]

Dark Side of the Moon – This low-budget ALIEN ripoff, I should hate desperately, as I dislike most of the knockoffs that popped up in the wake of ALIEN. The problem is, ..

Did anybody see that Jody Foster film SOMMERSBY where David Gere comes back as someone purporting to be her missing husband, and she keeps saying he’s not her husband, and finally he asks her why she doesn’t believe he’s her husband, and she responds, with that drawl, the way only Jodie Foster can…

“BECAUSE I NEVER LOVED HIM, THE WAY I LOVE YOU!”

God I adore Jody Foster. Wait did I say that out loud?

Anyhow that line illuminates a bit of my feelings regarding DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

While I acknowledge ALIEN is the better, superior film in terms of budget, craft, performance, direction, etc. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON’s central conceit, at the time just wowed me.

And the thing is, even though all kind of films have tried to redo this film’s premise, it was done best here. I strongly recommend going into this film not knowing anything, no synopsis, no reviews, nothing, and I think you’ll find a film to enjoy.

Let’s put it this way, having seen this film numerous times, I still enjoy it. And I’m always in the mood to watch it again, unlike ALIEN that I feel very little desire to revisit.

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON is the more intriguing and metaphysical film. Definitely deserves to be remastered and preserved on DVD.

Dark Side of the Moon [VHS]

If you have films you think need to be on DVD, definitely feel free to leave a comment. Thanks!