Matinee (Joe Dante, 1993)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Matinee.

criterion logoJohn Goodman is at his uproarious best as the gregarious creator of sci-fi thrillers, circa 1962, who brings his unique brand of showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.  Fifteen year-old horror fan Gene Loomis (Simon Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey (Goodman), who is in town to première his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant!  But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban missile crisis places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles of the coast.  With the help of Gene and his high-school friends, along with Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a première they’ll never forget.

Disc Features:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Joe Dante, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with Joe Dante
  • Mant!, the uncut, full-length version of Matinee‘s film within a film
  • Keep Your Eyes Open for the Scary Parts, new interviews with cast and crew, including John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Kellie Martin, Lisa Jakub, Jesse Lee Soffer, Dick Miller, John Sayles, Robert Picardo, and Mark McCracken
  • The Making of Mant!, Joe Dante and Mark McCracken on the costumes and effects of Mant!
  • Who’s That Girl?, a new interview with Naomi Watts on her arrival to Hollywood and her role in Matinee‘s The Shook-Up Shopping Cart
  • The Trouble with Woolsey, Joe Dante on the music of Matinee and his collaboration with composer Jerry Goldsmith
  • Extended scenes and deleted content from Dante’s personal archives
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

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The ‘Burbs (Joe Dante, 1989)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents The ‘Burbs.

criterion logoTom Hanks is Ray Peterson, a family man whose plan for a peaceful vacation at his suburban home on Mayfield Place is soon complicated when he and the other residents of the cul-de-sac observe strange happenings at the home of Ray’s new next-door neighbors, The Klopeks.  Much to the disappointment of his wife Carol (Carrie Fisher), Ray and his buddies become convinced that a missing neighbor has fallen victim to the sinister Klopeks and, armed with assault rifles, high-powered binoculars, and shovels, they decide to see for themselves what terrors lurk just over Ray’s fence.  A stand-out, tongue-in-cheek horror-comedy, The ‘Burbs is modern cult classic that assembles a superb cast, including Bruce Dern, Henry Gibson, Rick Ducommun, Brother Theodore, and Corey Feldman, and presents Joe Dante’s most savage of lands – suburbia!

Dis Features:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Joe Dante, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with filmmaker Joe Dante
  • Back on the Block, new interviews with cast and crew, including Tom Hanks, Joe Dante, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Nicky Katt, Courtney Gains, and Dick Miller
  • A new video piece by Dennis Cozzalio on The ‘Burbs‘s opening sequence
  • From Colonial Street to Mayfield Place, Joe Dante on the Universal Studios back lot and its famous homes
  • Scoring Suburbia, Joe Dante on composer Jerry Goldsmith and scoring The ‘Burbs
  • Stand-up Tragedy, a retrospective on New York theatre icon Brother Theodore
  • Rick Ducommun: Piece of Mind, Rick Ducommun’s 1989 HBO comedy special
  • Alternate ending
  • Extended scenes and deleted content previously believed lost
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS:  A booklet featuring a new essay by director Ti West

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