Brewster McCloud (Bud Cort) lives deep within the cavernous underground of the Houston Astrodome, but his dreams rise much higher. He aims to fly. Not in a plane. But with strapped-on wings he’s designing – encouraged by a mysterious woman (Sally Kellerman) who may be his guardian angel. But Brewster McCloud, Robert Altman’s wild, anarchic cult fave, isn’t about dreams as much as it is about the highs and lows of humanity. It’s a serial-killer mystery. A frenetic car-chase flick. A crazy circus-finale comedy. Shelley Duvall debuts as the tour guide whose seduction of Brewster may lead to his undoing. Ah, love. The thing that at once shapes and unravels us. The thing that may or may not give us wings.
I can see why some older films might not have made it into circulation on DVD yet, but others are puzzling. While Brewster McCloud is not the classic film that M*A*S*H turned out to be, it is still a fine film with a good amount of fans. Yet when you try to buy or rent it you always needed to settle for the VHS version. No longer of course, because now that the Warner Archive is around you can pick up a re-mastered version of the film from their online store.
I have seen the film a few times but the last time I saw it was over a decade ago and I had forgotten just how odd it was (sometimes bordering on surreal). No wonder this film is so popular in cult film fan circles.
As I mentioned it has been a few years since I last saw the film, so it was refreshing to see that they had gone back and found a cleaner transfer to build the DVD off of. It looks better then I have seen, but this is an archive release, so don’t expect some high tech clean up and refresh.
Do expect to laugh out loud (see how I did that?)
Pick up your copy of Brewster McCloud (available now) [@] The Warner Archive