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Excuse me, but wasn't the brilliance of this movie at least worth.. well... a WIDESCREEN inclusion?
Formatted to fit-your-tv only.
No extra features, no insights, no commentary, and TWO - get this - TWO menu selections - either to select a scene, or simply play the movie.
Warner Brothers went family-style cheap on this disc and it is a travesty to assume people with a DVD player just want a VHS-level rendition of an art film.
Don't buy this - wait until a version comes out that shows evidence someone has given this incredible movie some respect.
Byrne had played with the theme of mainstream alienation before. "Don't Worry About the Government" (from "Talking Heads '77"), "The Big Country" (from "More Songs About Buildings and Food"), and "The Road to Nowhere" (from "Little Creatures") provide just three examples. These songs attempt to elevate peoples' perceptions about their immediate culture. So does "True Stores".
Not everyone will enjoy this movie. Sometimes the pace moves along like molasses. Some of it feels very dated. It has an intentionally stilted perspective as it plays with common expectations and perceptions. Some of the humor is corny. In short, it's an experimental movie. That said, it also contains moments of absolute brilliance, penetrates some then unknown depths of humor, and has the ability to open eyes to the bizarre aspects of the culture of 1986 that we have all inherited. It also invites comparisons (in theme) to Luis Buñuel's "The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie". That and the cinematography of the vast Texas landscape is stunning.Read more ›
The video takes a bit of getting used to, but once you are in tune with what is going on you will see that there is great humor embedded in this pseudo-documentary. During the first part of the movie we meet main players. John Goodman plays a man hungry for a stable (or any) lasting relationship. He even advertises! You also meet "The Lying Woman" who tells a better and more unbelievable tale than anyone. There's a woman who hasn't gotten out of bed in years, it's not because she's ill, she's rich enough that she doesn't have to. There's the head of a local computer company and his wife who haven't had a direct conversation with each other for years, a mall full of twins, and a man who can tell a person's emotional state by touching their nose! An incredible, but extremely fun mix of Americana, music, and disjointed deadpan quips from Byrne as he plays the lead and narrator of the story.
You will thrill at the majesty of a fashion show at the mall, experience kareoke at a local bar, and be a mouse in the corner at a computer board assembly line.
Make any sense at all? Well, it will if you give this video a look. This is definitely a comedy, but you have to be ready for it. This is comedy tailor made for people with a dry sense of humor.
This is not a video for people who need a laugh track, or overtly funny bits to see humor to enjoy a comedy.Read more ›
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This film is an American classic. I highly recommend it to Americans seeking to understand their own culture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David L. Bradley
It's difficult to find a truly original movie. This one certainly is. While sort of a musical from the days of video killing the radio star, Talking Heads does not even perform... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Whistlestar
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