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Now the really juicy part of this DVD, and the reason I'm boosting the rating to 4 stars, is the commentary track with Ferrara and some other guy who I think is the DP or production designer, it's not specified on the box or in the menus. It's refreshingly candid, freewheeling, funny and for the most part down right outlandish with Ferrara noticing the strangest things and saying stuff like "I wish the stuffed animals would come to life and just strangle this guy". Highly recommended.
I watched the movie in cinema a couple of years ago and liked it very much. Today I watched it again on the Russian DVD and liked it again.
I haven't seen this particular DVD, but I'm almost sure both the quality and supplements on this disc are good. If you like Abel Ferrara's work and/or this movie I could only reccoment to buy this DVD.
RXmas is his latest film to date, and one of his weakest by far.
The themes of Ferrara's cinema are all there yet again,
Drugs,gangs, gloominess,despair,more drugs, inner demons, religious icons and images, redemption and yes still more drugs.In fact there are so much drugs in Ferrara's movies, that I suspect there is none left for any other movie!
With Driller Killer (banned in the UK for ages), he gained a reputation as a cult director with an eye for psychological violence and an unrelenting dark atmosphere,and this was reinforced albeit more subtely with King Of New York, his finest film to date, mainly because of Chris Walken's performance,(with Harvey Kietel ,his actor of choice).
Bad Lieutenant was yet another controversial visit to familiar territory and themes (yes you guessed it..there is lots of drugs there too), a film so depressing I needed to watch Bambi a couple of times to wash it off!
Ferrara made other films that alternated between the good (Funeral, New Rose Hotel)and the'what on earth was he thinking about? type ' (Blackout, with a tintalizing but empty promise of more than a peck on the cheek between Beatrice Dalle and Claudia Schiffer).
I have to say that RXmas falls directly in the latter category. Not only because Ferrara's themes are all revisited one by one, but because there is absolutely no life in the camera or story. The first half of the film I waited for any action to start, to be disappointed by scene after scene of copious amounts of er..drugs..being placed on a glass table.Read more ›
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This movie is horrible. The story, the acting, the directing. Just horrible.Published on September 11, 2004 by GyroPyro
This movie was about drug selling by people in NY. It could have been entertaining but it wasn't.Published on December 31, 2003 by Dance Dance Dance
AFTER A DRUG DEALER IS KIDNAPPED, HIS WIFE MUST PAY A HEAVY RANSOM TO FREE HIM OR WATCH HIM DIE. VERY WEAK FILM. Read morePublished on October 5, 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
Movies about latins always enphasize their bad behaviors. Why can't a movie be about the good ones like FRIDA!Published on September 22, 2003
I fought sleep off throughout this movie. At the end I quizically looked at my wife and saw the same expression on her face..... Time in our lives we will never regain. Read morePublished on January 15, 2003 by Mark R Thatcher
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