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A near-flawless Blu-ray from Criterion,
This review is from: Medium Cool (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Those familiar with Criterion DVDs and Blu-rays know about the company's commitment to quality, so this new edition of Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" won't disappoint. The video is sourced from a new 4K master, so the detail and stability of Wexler's 16mm and 35mm footage is second to none. The mono audio sounds great too, and give credit to Criterion for not attempted a faux remix.
The special features, by and large, are some of the best I've seen from Criterion. Not only to we get an older 2001 audio commentary with Wexler and company, but the studio also commissioned a new commentary with historian Paul Cronin. Together, they provide a lot of context for those who don't know some of the real stories behind the scenes. We also get a handful of documentary excerpts, including a brief reunion with the actor who plays young Harold in the film. Together, these extras are almost as compelling as the main feature.
This is one of Criterion's very best releases of the year and probably the best since "On the Waterfront" a few months ago. If you're at all interested in Wexler's film or the events surrounding it, this is a no-brainer. For more details, please see the complete Blu-ray review I've written for this release at http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/60283/medium-cool/.