Monday, December 21, 2015

Psychobabble’s 10 Best Home Video Releases of 2015

This week we're taking a look at the best-reviewed home video releases on Psychobabble of this past year. This is an eclectic assortment of landmark music videos, exceptional rock docs, classic cult movies, and at least two films warning you of the dangers of looking. Be sure to look when watching these ten excellent blu-rays and DVDs. Looking tends to be essential to the film watching experience.
(Each entry links to the original review)




In short: Annie Hall may be Allen’s best movie, and Bananas may be his funniest, but The Purple Rose of Cairo is my favorite.

In short: The Wrecking Crew is not a piece of audacious filmmaking, but its humble style is a very fitting way to tell the story of a group of musicians never known for their audacity.

8. The Jam: About the Young Idea
In short: “...it’s fitting that fans get a good deal of screen time in the recent Sky TV documentary The Jam: About the Young Idea. This emphasis on the people who love Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler is what distinguishes Bob Smeaton’s film from the usual by-numbers rock doc.
 
7. Forbidden Zone

In short: MVD Video’s new “Ultimate Edition” of the Forbidden Zone is a marvelous showcase for both its music and visuals.


In short: A true cult classic with charms every cult movie fan does not necessarily recognize, Spider Baby was a prime candidate for British cult home video distribution company, Arrow Films, which has developed quite the cult following of its own.


In short: The film looks excellent, the new 4k digital restoration respecting its misty aesthetic while delivering the sporadic blasts of red with Technicolor punch.


In short: Jobriath A.D. is one of the most moving, most insightful, most revelatory Rock documentaries I’ve ever seen.


In short: Copious bonus materials that pay tribute to both Dylan and Pennbaker will keep you busy for hours.


In short: “....if you A/B them against the versions that appeared on The Beatles Anthology discs, you can see how much improvement went into each clip, and some of them are genuinely dazzling, particularly the McCartney-directed “Hello, Goodbye” video in which the guys’ Sgt. Pepper’s costumes are so vivid you’ll think a tab of acid was included as a blu-ray bonus.

In short: I’ll eat my hat if there’s a better home video release than this one in 2015.
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