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5.0 out of 5 stars The original film was great - The BD adds 50% more in bonus footage., December 17, 2012
This review is from: Comic Book Confidential: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This BD is titled the "20th Anniversary Edition" but it's really the 23rd Anniversary Edition. Confused? So was I but the original film was released in 1989, making 2009 the 20th anniversary when it was released on DVD. But this version is the first one on Bluray and I'm told that the bonus features are new. So with better resolution and the bonus features I can certainly recommend this new version.

There are plenty of other reviews here of the film itself so I won't spend a lot of time covering that except to say that the graphics are GREAT and the really cool parts are when the well known cartoonists like Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines (can you tell I'm a long -time "Mad Magazine" fan?) as well as Stan Lee read from their stories. And the soundtrack uses pop music classics to emphasize the narrative of this documentary. There's great use of "exploitation films" of the 1950s describing the "dangers to society caused by comic books" too.

Note: Be aware that Amazon groups reviews of ALL versions of a film together so it's best to sort reviews by date with "most recent" at the top and then note which version is being reviewed.

The bonus footage adds 40 minutes to the 85 minute feature with interviews with those in the film and others, like Jules Feiffer and Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar and Drew Friedman. These are stories which, IMHO, should have been included in the film but weren't (I guess) for time purposes

Whether you love superhero comic books of the 1950s and 60s, "Mad Magazine" or it's imitators, or the underground comics of the late 1960s, I'm pretty sure you'll love this Bluray disc And if you have the earlier one without the bonuses, you'll probably want to see this one also - there's 50% more stuff here!

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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