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America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (The Criterion Collection)

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  • Actors: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bob Rafelson, Henry Jaglom, Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Davy Jones, Bob Rafelson, Carole Eastman
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Dec 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZYU3SM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,681 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Like the rest of America, Hollywood was ripe for revolution in the late sixties. Cinema attendance was down; what had once worked seemed broken. Enter Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, who knew that what Hollywood needed was new audiences--namely, young people--and that meant cultivating new talent and new ideas. Fueled by money made from their invention of the superstar TV pop group the Monkees, they set off on a film-industry journey that would lead them to form BBS Productions, a company that was also a community. The innovative films produced by this team between 1968 and 1972 are collected in this box set--works created within the studio system but lifted right out of the countercultural id, and that now range from the iconic (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show) to the acclaimed (The King of Marvin Gardens) to the obscure (Head; Drive, He Said; A Safe Place).

Hey, hey, it's the Monkees...being catapulted through one of American cinema's most surreal sixties odysseys. In it, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that's movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once. Head escaped commercial success on its release but has since been reclaimed as one of the great cult objects of its era.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed monaural soundtracks
* Audio commentary featuring Monkees Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork
* New video interview with director Bob Rafelson
* New documentary about BBS, featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley
* And More!

This is the definitive counterculture blockbuster. The former clean-cut teen star Dennis Hopper's down-and-dirty directorial debut, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one planted firmly, angrily against the mainstream. After Easy Rider's cross-country journey--with its radical, New Wave-style editing, outsider-rock soundtrack, revelatory performance by a young Jack Nicholson, and explosive ending--the American road trip would never be the same.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack
* Audio commentary featuring director Dennis Hopper
* Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage, a 1999 documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage
* Footage of Hopper and star Peter Fonda at Cannes in 1969
* New video interview with BBS's Steve Blauner
* And More!

Jack Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of romantic or familial responsibility, who returns to his childhood home to see his ailing estranged father, his blue-collar girlfriend (Karen Black, like Nicholson nominated for an Oscar) in tow. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
* Audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson
* Soul Searching in Five Easy Pieces, a 2009 video piece in which Rafelson discusses the film
* BBStory, a 2009 documentary
* Excerpts from an audio recording of Rafelson at the American Film Institute in 1976

Based on the best-selling novel by Jeremy Larner, Drive, He Said is free-spirited and sobering by turns, a sketch of the exploits of a disaffected college basketball player and his increasingly radical roommate, a feverishly shot and edited snapshot of the early seventies (some of it was filmed during an actual campus protest). Jack Nicholson's audacious comedy (starring Bruce Dern and Karen Black) is a startling howl direct from the zeitgeist.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
* A Cautionary Tale of Campus Revolution and Sexual Freedom, a 2009 video piece in which director Jack Nicholson discusses the experience of making this film
* Theatrical trailer
* And More!

In this delicate, introspective drama, laced with fantasy elements, Tuesday Weld stars as a fragile young woman in New York unable to reconcile her ambiguous past with her unmoored present; Orson Welles as an enchanting Central Park magician and Jack Nicholson as a mysterious ex-lover round out the cast. A Safe Place was directed by independent cinema icon Henry Jaglom.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
* Audio commentary featuring director Henry Jaglom
* Henry Jaglom Finds "A Safe Place," a 2009 video piece in which the director discusses the film
* Notes on the New York Film Festival, a 1971 video piece featuring an interview conducted by critic Molly Haskell with directors Peter Bogdanovich and Jaglom about their films The Last Picture Show and A Safe Place
* Deleted scene and screen tests
* Theatrical trailer

The Last Picture Show is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry's novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens--enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), (Jeff Bridges), and desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybil Shepherd)--and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds. This hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
* Two audio commentaries, one featuring director Peter Bogdanovich and the other featuring Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall
* Picture This, a 1990 documentary by George Hickenlooper
* "The Last Picture Show": A Look Back, an hour-long 1999 documentary
* 2009 interview with Bogdanovich
* Screen tests and location footage
* Theatrical trailers and more!

For his electrifying follow-up to the smash success of Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson dug even deeper into the crushed dreams of wayward America. Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern play estranged siblings David and Jason, the former a depressive late-night radio talk show host, the latter an extroverted con man; when Jason drags his younger brother to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral into tragedy.

Special Features
* New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
* Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson
* Reflections of a Philosopher King, a 2009 documentary about the making of the film
* Afterthoughts, a short 2002 documentary about the film, produced by Rafelson
* Theatrical trailer

While the Beatles delighted fans with A Hard Day's Night, the Monkees confounded theirs with Head. Bob Rafelson, who cocreated the prefab four's hit television series, penned this psychedelic showbiz satire with Jack Nicholson, star of the director's acclaimed follow-up Five Easy Pieces. In an accompanying interview, Rafelson acknowledges, "Quite frankly, there was a bit of acid involved." That's clear from the start as drummer Micky Dolenz jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge to the lilting, lysergic strains of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "The Porpoise Song." Unharmed, Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork proceed to play pop stars, soldiers, and cowboys at war with the public, actor Victor Mature ("The Big Victor"), and the star-making machinery (Rafelson and Nicholson break the fourth wall with their brief cameos). Jones also boxes Sonny Liston, woos Annette Funicello, chats with Frank Zappa ("The Critic"), and dances with choreographer-turned-singer Toni Basil of "Hey Mickey" fame. It's rambling and discursive, but the musical sequences, which anticipate the video era to come, are great. This Criterion edition comes with a swell selection of extras, including commentary from the band, trailers and promo spots, a snazzy slide show, an awkward TV interview, screen tests in which the quartet's innate charm shines through, and an informative documentary about BBS (the production company of Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner) with historian Douglas Brinkley and critic David Thomson, who describes Rafelson and associates as "hippies, dopers, party animals to the max." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Wolverton on Aug. 31 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The film opens with Nicholson in a tight shot talking to someone. We aren't sure at first to whom he's talking or why. From that opening scene I was hooked. Nicholson is a radio personality (David) who one day gets a phone call from his brother Jason (Bruce Dern) who is in jail. Jason is basically a big-time loser who has been trying all his life to make something big happen. His latest scheme is to encourage his brother to join him and his female companions (played by Ellyn Burstyn and Julia Anne Robinson) in Atlantic City while contemplating the purchase of an island near Hawaii. Many strange events happen along the way, not the least of which finds the two women competing for Jason's affection. A very strange scene occurs involving a fire on the beach. Without giving too much away, I will say that this is a turning point that has tremendous impact later in the story. So few films today have even slightly interesting characters. These characters are so vivid and interesting that you can't help but be intrigued, wondering what's going to happen next. Each scene seems to have no rhyme or reason, until finally the pieces fall into place. When the pieces do come together, you realize that you've witnessed something very unique, original, and haunting.
The four leading actors are all at the top of their form. I have never seen Nicholson timid, unsure, or at a loss for words before. Dern is hopelessly reckless. Robinson is an innocent in an evil environment. Burstyn is perfect as the key to the whole story, which is one that I'll never forget. You'll think about this quiet little film long after the credits are over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DM on July 30 2012
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This collection of Americana films is as varied as can be and has some amazing little gems in it, particularly the film HEAD featuring the Monkees. The film is brilliantly shot, the colour impeccable, and the sound truly amazing. The soundtrack will inspire you if you like 60's psychedelic rock.
You cannot deny the other films in this lot as well Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces as well as one of my favourite films, The Last Picture Show. This is a must own collection of Criterion films if you are a fan of the Criterion releases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 3 2000
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This film really is spectacular. From the very opening(which is slightly disorienting-but becomes clear quickly), it weaves a tale filled with some very odd and fascinating characters. Nicholson plays a radio deejay of sorts that spouts some fictionalized, but engrossingly told tales. The story itself deals with his visit to his brother-played by Bruce Dern, who he must attempt to talk out of some financial scheming. Dern turns in a fine performance-comparable to his performance in SMILE(very different characters, both great performances). Ellen Burstyn is also terrific. Photography by Laszlo Kovacs ranks up with his best. A welcome follow-up to Rafelson's FIVE EASY PIECES(a follow-up that doesn't get the press it deserves). Looks beautiful on dvd!
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