Friday, October 30, 2009

Natural Born Killers (Blu-Ray)

Natural Born Killers (Warner Blu-Ray) – Oliver Stone’s 1994 diatribe over a frenzied media championing cold-blooded killers now seems prescient. That said, it’s still a chore to sit through because Stone has absolutely no feel at all for comedy, satire or parody. The impressively in-your-face camerawork and hallucinatory editing style do little more than camouflage the lack of any satiric ideas. The explosive power of a similar story was instead harnessed by director Bertrand Tavernier in 1995’s Fresh Bait, which in its coolness and restraint beats Stone’s movie by a mile. Stone’s cast—Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones—seems to be having fun, at least. The Blu-Ray visuals help makes sense of the director’s bizarre choices, while the extras—including a new documentary, How Would It All Go Down Now?, that looks at the film’s legacy—show how the movie’s rep outstrips its accomplishments.

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