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America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Head / Easy Rider / Five Easy Pieces / Drive, He Said / The Last Picture Show / The King of Marvin Gardens / A Safe Place) (The Criterion Collection)[Blu-ray] (1972)

Davy Jones , Michael Nesmith , Dennis Hopper , Jack Nicholson  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson, Henry Jaglom, Peter Bogdanovich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 691 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZYU3SC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Head / Easy Rider / Five Easy Pieces / Drive, He Said / The Last Picture Show / The King of Marvin Gardens / A Safe Place) (The Criterion Collection)[Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • Audio commentary featuring Monkees Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork
  • New video interview with director Bob Rafelson
  • New documentary about BBS, featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley

    Easy Rider
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring director Dennis Hopper
  • Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage, a 1999 documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage
  • Footage of Hopper and star Peter Fonda at Cannes in 1969
  • New video interview with BBS’s Steve Blauner

    Five Easy Pieces
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson
  • Soul Searching in Five Easy Pieces, a 2009 video piece in which Rafelson discusses the film
  • BBStory, a 2009 documentary
  • Excerpts from an audio recording of Rafelson at the American Film Institute in 1976

    Drive, He Said
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • A Cautionary Tale of Campus Revolution and Sexual Freedom, a 2009 video piece in which director Jack Nicholson discusses the experience of making this film
  • Theatrical trailer

    A Safe Place
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring director Henry Jaglom
  • Henry Jaglom Finds A Safe Place, a 2009 video piece in which the director discusses the film
  • Notes on the New York Film Festival, a 1971 video piece featuring an interview conducted by critic Molly Haskell with directors Peter Bogdanovich and Jaglom about their films The Last Picture Show and A Safe Place
  • Deleted scene and screen tests
  • Theatrical trailer

    The Last Picture Show
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring director Peter Bogdanovich and the other featuring Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall
  • Picture This, a 1990 documentary by George Hickenlooper
  • The Last Picture Show: A Look Back, an hour-long 1999 documentary
  • 2009 interview with Bogdanovich
  • Screen tests and location footage
  • Theatrical trailers and more!

    The King of Marvin Gardens
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson
  • Reflections of a Philosopher King, a 2009 documentary about the making of the film
  • Afterthoughts, a short 2002 documentary about the film, produced by Rafelson
  • Theatrical trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Like the rest of America, Hollywood was ripe for revolution in the late sixties. Cinema attendance was down; what had once worked seemed broken. Enter Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, who knew that what Hollywood needed was new audiences—namely, young people—and that meant cultivating new talent and new ideas. Fueled by money made from their invention of the superstar TV pop group the Monkees, they set off on a film-industry journey that would lead them to form BBS Productions, a company that was also a community.

    The innovative films produced by this team between 1968 and 1972 are collected in this box set—works created within the studio system but lifted right out of the countercultural id, and that now range from the iconic (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show) to the acclaimed (The King of Marvin Gardens) to the obscure (Head; Drive, He Said; A Safe Place).

    Head (1968)
    Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees... being catapulted through one of American cinema’s most surreal '60s odysseys. In it, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that’s movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once. Head escaped commercial success on its release but has since been reclaimed as one of the great cult objects of its era.
    (85 minutes, color, monaural/surround, 1.78:1 aspect ratio)

    Easy Rider (1969)
    This is the definitive counterculture blockbuster. The former clean-cut teen star Dennis Hopper’s down-and-dirty directorial debut, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one planted firmly, angrily against the mainstream. After Easy Rider’s cross-country journey—with its radical, New Wave-style editing, outsider-rock soundtrack, revelatory performance by a young Jack Nicholson, and explosive ending—the American road trip would never be the same.
    (96 minutes, color, surround, 1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    Five Easy Pieces (1970)
    Jack Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of romantic or familial responsibility, who returns to his childhood home to see his ailing estranged father, his blue-collar girlfriend (Karen Black, like Nicholson nominated for an Oscar) in tow. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation.
    (98 minutes, color, monaural, 1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    Drive, He Said (1970)
    Based on the best-selling novel by Jeremy Larner, Drive, He Said is free-spirited and sobering by turns, a sketch of the exploits of a disaffected college basketball player and his increasingly radical roommate, a feverishly shot and edited snapshot of the early '70s (some of it was filmed during an actual campus protest). Jack Nicholson’s audacious comedy (starring Bruce Dern and Karen Black) is a startling howl direct from the zeitgeist.
    (90 minutes, color, monaural, 1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    A Safe Place (1971)
    In this delicate, introspective drama, laced with fantasy elements, Tuesday Weld stars as a fragile young woman in New York unable to reconcile her ambiguous past with her unmoored present; Orson Welles as an enchanting Central Park magician and Jack Nicholson as a mysterious ex-lover round out the cast. A Safe Place was directed by independent cinema icon Henry Jaglom.
    (92 minutes, color, monaural, 1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    The Last Picture Show (1971)
    The Last Picture Show is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the '70s. Set during the early '50s in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens—enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), (Jeff Bridges), and desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybil Shepherd)—and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds. This hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich.
    (126 minutes, black and white, monaural, 1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
    For his electrifying follow-up to the smash success of Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson dug even deeper into the crushed dreams of wayward America. Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern play estranged siblings David and Jason, the former a depressive late-night radio talk show host, the latter an extroverted con man; when Jason drags his younger brother to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral into tragedy.
    (104 minutes, color, monaural, 1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Nicholson Film You've Never Seen August 31, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    The film opens with Nicholson in a tight shot talking to someone. We aren't sure at first to whom he's talking or why. From that opening scene I was hooked. Nicholson is a radio personality (David) who one day gets a phone call from his brother Jason (Bruce Dern) who is in jail. Jason is basically a big-time loser who has been trying all his life to make something big happen. His latest scheme is to encourage his brother to join him and his female companions (played by Ellyn Burstyn and Julia Anne Robinson) in Atlantic City while contemplating the purchase of an island near Hawaii. Many strange events happen along the way, not the least of which finds the two women competing for Jason's affection. A very strange scene occurs involving a fire on the beach. Without giving too much away, I will say that this is a turning point that has tremendous impact later in the story. So few films today have even slightly interesting characters. These characters are so vivid and interesting that you can't help but be intrigued, wondering what's going to happen next. Each scene seems to have no rhyme or reason, until finally the pieces fall into place. When the pieces do come together, you realize that you've witnessed something very unique, original, and haunting.
    The four leading actors are all at the top of their form. I have never seen Nicholson timid, unsure, or at a loss for words before. Dern is hopelessly reckless. Robinson is an innocent in an evil environment. Burstyn is perfect as the key to the whole story, which is one that I'll never forget. You'll think about this quiet little film long after the credits are over.
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    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Criterion! January 3, 2011
    By Bob
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I hadn't heard about this collection until i ran a search for Head on Blu Ray here at Amazon. At first I was ecstatic that it was on Blu Ray but dismayed that it was only available as part of a collection. When I saw the other films included coupled with the price being right i decided to buy it. I have now watched all the films and wasn't disappointed. Criterion does an excellent job with the HD transfers and the extras on each film.

    Head was a lost gem I first saw on the CBS Late Movie in the early 1970s. To understand it, it helps to have some background about the Monkees and the myths surrounding them, as well as their desire to be taken seriously as a 1960s rock group. I already owned the Rhino DVD version, which professed that the 1:33 to 1 aspect ratio was original intended version. Nothing could be further from the truth; here it is presented in its original 1:78 to 1 aspect ratio (16:9 in the parlance of our times). The extras are very informative as is the commentary by Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz. Finally, an honorable version of this wonderful cult film!

    I have seen Easy Rider several times over the years; the last time I saw it was a DVD presentation and I found it to be somewhat dated. However, due to the excellent HD transfer I was less focused on the lingo of the day and more on Laszlo Kovac's excellent cinematography. It's amazing how great the film looks with a proper transfer and it gave me a greatly renewed interest. Again, the extras are top-notch and very informative. It's equally impressive how much "bang for the buck" BBS got from all their films.

    Five Easy Pieces was another film I already owned on DVD but again, this version looks wonderful.
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    60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    Since I am mostly commenting on the "HEAD" portion of this set, I should include that already having "Five Easy Pieces" in a restored version on DVD and "Easy Rider" has been reissued numerous times with not much bonus material here, this print of "HEAD" is from the original 35mm negative! Where-as the awful DVD release from Rhino, who lies in a leader frame that the Full Frame format is how the film was meant to be seen! I beg to differ and bow to Criterion for releasing this incredible movie in glorious widescreen and in a true 5.1! Don't worry, those purist that still listen through a Stereo Reciever (because MOST humans only have 2 ears),like myself..the stereo seperation will blow you away, especially if you have the inferior RHINO release, you need not do a side by side comparison! Not only are the songs in true stereo but the entire soundtrack through-out the entire movie. Including the closing credits (Known on the Colgems soundtrack as "PLus Strings") by Ken Thorne. Which also gives RHINO another bad mark. In October, RHINO released a "HEAD Deluxe CD boxset" and list the "Plus Strings as "stereo" and they are most certainly not, yet Criterion goes the extra mile and finds true masters to all the Stereo songs plus Ken thorne's excellent incidental music! "Porpoise Song" has the nice deep low ends and crystal clear highs. Special credit with the live "Circle Sky" and "As We Go Along" where the vocals were burried on the RHINO release. Not so on this print. You feel as if the movie were filmed yesterday! Not bad for a 42 year old film! The colors are vibrant and the print is so sharp you may want to keep your hands away from the screen! Criterion deserves an award for thier excellence!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best box set I own.
    Where to begin?. What Criterion has done, by collecting the majority of films made by the BBS production team of the late sixties/early seventies (the one film not here- Peter... Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Mr. Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars I was glad to see that this collection had been put together
    I had looked for some of these movies individually and was unsuccessful. I was glad to see that this collection had been put together. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Thomas M. Cumnock
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Everything went perfectly well!
    Published 23 days ago by bartleby
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Safe Place: Descendant of Caligari or Ed Wood On LSD?
    This review is only of A Safe Place.

    I stumbled onto this film by accident, coincidentally at the same
    time I was reading an Orson Welles biography (I haven't... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by G. Ratcheson
    5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Marvin Gardens
    Very interesting movie, great acting by all the actors, enjoyed also the scenery, surprise twist at end. I would recommend seeing this movie.
    Published 4 months ago by AMM
    2.0 out of 5 stars The King has no clothes...
    This review is for "King of Marvin Gardens" (there is apparently a box set and those review are commingled with this). Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Jon Holcombe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    Great Film, Great story, Probably more than anything else this film captures Atlantic City & Margate NJ The way I remember it as a kid, The wonderful hotels, The stores &... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by photosteve
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Movies look terrific on blu..Some great ones here..Easy Rider and The Last Picture show being my 2 favorites... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Movie_Buff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for the Blu-ray copy of "HEAD" and the other movies are just...
    It's the only place I could find a Blu-ray of "HEAD" and am very satisfied with my decision / purchase.
    Published 12 months ago by Seabreeze Jazz
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Film Buff's dream
    What a great set. There were only two films in here I'd seen before, Easy Rider and The Last Picture Show, either of which was worth buying this box for. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Changed Daily
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