In 1990 when Wild at Heart was originally released on VHS it became a thing at my High School. As in of course, if you hadn’t seen it you were looked down on. At this point in my life I had seen two David Lynch films. 1980’s The Elephant Man and 1984’s Dune. In fact there was a poster for Blue Velvet hanging in the Drama room at school. Before I had a chance to experience Wild at Heart however I knew David Lynch best for Twin Peaks!
I think it is indeed safe to say that I wasn’t quite ready for the experience of Wild at Heart. Although very much like Killer Klowns From Outer Space it was a case of love at first sight. Although the films couldn’t be any more different tonally.
The story for the film revolves around what would appear to be a couple of star crossed lovers. Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). To say that Lula’s Mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd) doesn’t want her seeing Sailor, that is indeed an understatement. Lula and Sailor are soon on the run, a fact that causes Marietta to hire a P.I. to hunt them down. To hedge her bets she also hires a hit man to make sure that Sailor is permanently out of the picture.
In Lynch films, I feel he continuously shows us a mirrored version of the world. Fascinating to be sure but also certainly terrifying. That fits the character of Bobby Peru to a T. Played by the esteemed Willem Dafoe – he is a living nightmare in his scenes.
Of course with this being a Shout Select release, you are getting some extras. While I of course wish there could have been some commentary for the film. The fact we get 76 minutes of deleted as well as extended scenes is incredible:
NEW Interview With Novelist Barry Gifford
Extended And Deleted Scenes (76 Minutes)
Love, Death, Elvis And Oz: The Making Of Wild At Heart
Dell’s Lunch Counter: Extended Interviews
Specific Spontaneity: Focus On David Lynch
Lynch On The DVD Process
Original 1990 Making Of EPK
Original Theatrical Trailer
Wild at Heart will be released at better dealers tomorrow. Although you can certainly hop on over to the official Shout! Factory site and pre-order your copy today.
Now then, how about some vintage interviews from the set of Wild at Heart? Courtesy of none other than Entertainment Tonight!
To Live and Die in L.A. is a 1985 masterpiece of a film by William Friedkin. Granted you shouldn’t expect anything less from the man who directed both 1971’s The French Connection and 1973’s The Exorcist. Throw in a soundtrack by none other than Wang Chung and it is obvious why this is an 80s classic!
It only stands to reason that Shout! Factory would pick To Live and Die in L.A. as being worthy. Worthy of being released as part of their Shout Select line of films that is. The eighth movie to get that treatment in fact. Just last week I presented my thoughts on their Blu-Ray release of Death of a Salesman.
Now I’m going to make a bold statement here. So I want you to prepare yourself. Williem Dafoe’s performance in this movie is better than his role in 1984’s Streets of Fire. I know! I’ve said it and I mean it. I should also add that is even with Dafoe’s epic sledgehammer duel in Streets of Fire!
Besides Dafoe, To Live and Die in L.A. boasts the talents of other fantastic actors. Like William Petersen, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, Dean Stockwell, Darlanne Fluegel, and John Turturro.
So tell us…briefly…what To Live and Die in L.A is all about!
Happy too. Richard Chance (Petersen) and his partner John Vukovich (Pankow) are Secret Service agents. The two are at loggerheads as to how to arrest countefeiter extraordanaire Rick Masters (Dafoe). John wants to follow the letter of the law and Chance is all too happy to cross the line to nail Masters. Bear in mind that the counterfeiter is responsible for killing Chance’s former partner.
So the moral question is…how far across the line will Chance and Vukovich cross? Brutality? Extortion? Murder?
To Live and Die in L.A. is an entertaining action/thriller. Absolutely wonderful acting throughout coupled with a taut screenplay by Friedkin and Gerald Petievich. Gerald is also the author of the book the film is based on and happens to be a former Secret Service agent!
This is a Shout! Factory release so that means special features!
You have a nice selection of bonus material for this release:
NEW 4K Scan Of The Negative Supervised And Approved By William Friedkin
NEW Taking A Chance – An Interview With William Petersen
NEW Wrong Way: The Stunts Of To Live And Die In L.A. – An Interview With Stunt Coordinator Buddy Joe Hooker
NEW So In Phase: Scoring To Live And Die In L.A. – An Interview With The Band Wang Chung (Jack Hues And Nick Feldman)
NEW Renaissance Woman In L.A. – An Interview With Actress Debra Feuer
NEW Doctor For A Day – An Interview With Actor Dwier Brown
Audio Commentary With Director William Friedkin
Deleted Scene And Alternate Ending
Counterfeit World: The Making Of To Live And Die In L.A.
You can totally pick up To Live and Die in L.A. this Tuesday at better dealers everywhere. Of course you can still pre-order purchase the Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition over at Amazon.