One of the best movies of 2007 becomes the first great DVD of 2008. The movies of David Fincher, save “The Game,” have always had exceptional video releases chock full of incredible special features, but the two-disc Director’s Cut release of “Zodiac” on DVD and HD-DVD set a new bar of excellence for the director and the formats.
Legendary composer Maurice Jarre has enjoyed an astounding career of sumptuous cinematic scores, but nothing has found quite the iconic status as his work with filmmaker David Lean. Through “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago,” “Ryan’s Daughter” and “A Passage to India,” Jarre’s lavish music has found ideal symbiosis with Lean’s gargantuan visuals, crafting enduring music for timeless movies.
While Paramount’s latest DVD for their 1977 monster hit “Saturday Night Fever” is full of brand-new special features, the omission of John Travolta in any of the commentaries or documentaries is a major shadow that the new disc cannot get out from.
The year was 1999, and pinball was dying. After celebrating years of arcade domination and surviving the great video game explosion of the 1980s, pinball had fallen on hard times, unable to find a clear pathway to success that once came so effortlessly. The industry needed a change, and the fine folks at Williams thought they had the answer. It was entitled “Revenge From Mars.”
In the heart of Southern California lies the Salton Sea. Once a potential Mecca for the rich and adventurous to unwind in a distinctive location away from the more landlocked charms of nearby Palm Springs, the Sea has since fallen from grace, left for dead as an “ecological timebomb” without a political champion, but teeming with frustrated residents.