Suburbia (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Series)
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Suburbia is director Penelope Spheeris study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s. Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with The Rejected (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned home by the side of the highway. With T.R., the boys find a new family. But their newfound family will be tested when they become the target of Citizens Against Crime, a group of unhappy suburbanites.
Features live performances by T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I.
* New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1)
* Audio Commentary With Director Penelope Spheeris
* Audio Commentary With Producer Bert Dragin And Cast Members Jennifer Clay And Christina Beck
* Still Gallery
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My copy arrived with a cracked case, but a return was accepted and an exchange was sent eventually.
as for the director's commentary, i can only describe it this way:
a. about 15 minutes into the "commentary", i was convinced she did not direct this film, nor had she ever even seen it before.
b. to the producers of this dvd: if you are going to have a director's commentary, please make sure the director has watched the film in the last 18 years. half of the total commentary was, "wow, i remember that" - not in a convincing way either.
c. i felt like a blind man sitting through the film with someone describing to me what they were seeing or sitting in a theatre and having to listen to the jerk in the seat in front of me give their stupid and obvious observations about the plot line. the plot was pretty easy to follow, i didnt need the commentary telling me "now these two guys are fighting" as i watch two guys fighting.
d. if i ever hear the line "back then , that's what punk rockers were like" one more time, i will savagely attack the nearest person most likely to not fight back.
e. there would be complete silence for a few minutes, then she would laugh very loudly for a few seconds and then remain completely silent again for a few minutes, without commenting on what was so funny. there were plenty of times during this that i wanted the actors dialog to be louder so i didnt feel like i was watching it with the volume off.
These are the early days of Punk in America, when it was about individuality and disgust for the euphoric, suburban lifestyle that was being marketed down people's throats. It's when Punk was Punk.
It shows a Fear many of us have lost the Fear of an Enemy that could destroy us at any second, the fear in the movie is the cold war, toxic waste covering the earth , genetic mutation and the never under appreciated Cold Beer, it has some racist aspects to the movie and some homophobia so if you consider yourself PC you might be offeneded I put that as a warning because you know how the world is today if you say something Defamatory the Thought police come ,,, oh I mean the PC police ,, same thing
Spare a Dollar white collar!! sorry old habits die hard Watch the movie for the when Skinner looks for his shirt and all the wonderful acting