Typically, our “— Made Mine!” posts involve our happily reporting that an MMC! proposal has become a reality. The extra features might vary and the cover treatment is always different, but the title now in fact bears the our desired label’s insignia and that always feels like something to celebrate. MMC! doesn’t commemorate instances where labels that usually are not the focus of our title proposals subsequently release editions of movies discussed here. For example, Kino Lorber has released Blu-ray editions of quite a few films proposed here for Criterion treatments. Beggars of Life, The Chase, The Knack … and How To Get It, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three have all received fine hard media releases with a prominent KL on the spine. We don’t go down the rabbit hole of trying to keep up with parallel editions from labels not regularly discussed at MMC! but they’re out there and we’re buying them.
And then we come to the strange case of Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs and Matinee. At the time they were proposed by MMC! to be part of the Criterion Collection, The ‘Burbs had been announced as a UK only title for Arrow Video with no special features yet detailed. Arrow Video’s release of a UK only edition of Matinee was not even on the horizon. MMC! overlooked these editions primarily because they were not for the North American audience, but now Shout Select has announced a forthcoming edition of The ‘Burbs for March 20, and with a January 16 release date already forthcoming for Matinee, we had to make something of an exception and celebrate these past MMC! titles given a new life on an MMC! favoured imprint, even if they don’t exactly match up with our original intentions.
Once again, film world, you’re welcome.
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Matinee.
John 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.
- 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