I Heart Huckabees in a 2004, philosophical ensemble comedy directed by David O.Russell with a cast including Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts. The film is fun, and I caught it at a film-festival when it was originally released, but it struggled to find an audience, and met mixed reviews. Since it is not available on Blu-ray, I thought I’d take a look at the iTunes HD version.
Spirited Away, in my opinion at least, is Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, and having only been released on Japanese Blu-ray a few months back, I decided to give it a quick review. ‘Spirited Away’ (千と千尋の神隠し ‘Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi’) was released in 2001 to universal critical and commercial success. A heroes-journey tale of a timid girl whose family is sucked into a magical world, where she must struggle to save both herself and her parents. The original Japanese (and other Asian-region) DVD releases had several issues most noticeably a strong red/pink tint, as well as window-boxing the image substantially on all four sides. The US DVD release largely addressed these issues, although the image was a little red.
River’s Edge is a 1986 crime drama, staring Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck and Dennis Hopper and is available on iTunes in HD. It was directed by Tim Hunter, who has had a prolific television career with spanning dozens of cult television shows including: Hannibal, Dexter, Mad Men, Deadwood, Homicide: Life on the Street, Eerie Indiana and Twin Peaks. It was written by Highly rated by critics, and a modest success at the box office, the film is unavailable on Blu-ray, so I thought I’d have a look at the iTunes version to see if it worth your time.