Natural Born Killers: The Director’s Cut
I’m positive that if there was a list of the most polarizing, most argued about, most simultaneously passionately hated and loved films, that this would almost have to be in the top five. I actually saw people get in fist fights about it when it came out. FIST fights. About whether or not a movie was good. I mean, I’m passionate and all, but get a life, people!
Detractors claimed allegiance to Quentin Tarantino
, who wrote the original script on which the film was based, but which director Oliver Stone
had altered so significantly, that Tarantino
, despite many reports even today to the contrary, had in fact offered the best of wishes toward the success of it. Others claimed that Stone
’s use of various types of film cameras, lenses, stock, animation and styles with his rapid-fire editing style made the film into one long MTV production, which is ironic considering Quentin
did much the same with his “Kill Bill”
films later, as, of course, have many, many other films since. Yet more pointed towards violence committed by unstable viewers of the film and claimed it was irresponsibly violent. Yet, these same claims have been directed at many films before, many of which we now look at as important. Not to mention, if you ever want to do a side by side of crazy people killing in the name of movies versus crazy people killing in the name of Jesus...well...you're gonna lose. Basically, what I’m saying is, come up with an attack and I’ve already got a counter-argument for you. I’m not gonna put up my dukes, but suffice it to say, I’ve thought about this a LOT over the years and my adoration for the film as not only a brilliant commentary on the media and a spectacularly innovative art piece but as purely a entertaining as hell piece of cinema, will not be swayed by your whining the same old, same old flawed points.
For those of you out there not familiar with the story, Mickey
) and Mallory
) are glamorous mass murderers on the run, going from town to town killing to get what they want and need and sometimes just for the hell of it, living a life completely devoid of any rules or morals except a vague understanding of love and their loyalty to each other, such as it is. Hunting them down is Jack Scagnetti
) and tabloid news man Wayne Gale
(Robert Downey Jr
) each searching for their own kind of sick fame at the expense of the public as well. The two are eventually captured and put in prison but as Mickey says at his trial, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Supporting roles by Tommy Lee Jones
hamming it up as a super-redneck prison warden and Rodney Dangerfield
's abusive father (a role that works due to, well, you just have to see it) both help as well to make this film about very ugly things, oh so very beautiful.
The disc comes with a selection of deleted scenes featuring some pretty awesome and sizable bits with Ashley Judd
, The Barbarian Brothers
and Denis Leary
(not actually included in the actual “director’s cut” of the film which is only 4 minutes longer than the theatrical version) and an older documentary on the film. This new Blu-Ray versions adds a new HD doc looking back on the film, its effect on culture since, and how the film would be different if made now based on the current state of the media as well as a nice 44-page booklet, something we rarely get anymore with the smaller cased Blu-Rays anymore.
Filled with insane amounts of violence, hallucinatory visuals, an amazing soundtrack (produced by Trent Reznor
) and the type of story that you’ll think about at length afterward and want to watch many more times, “Natural Born Killers”
is a no-brainer of a BUY, but on Blu-Ray it’s even more so. The crazed colors awash in every scene pop off the screen and the songs sound better than ever. I’d have to advise you to pick up “Natural Born Killers”
and don’t listen to the haters. I’m not even much of an Oliver Stone
fan (I'd go so far to say that I out and out don't generally like him) but this is confrontational film making at its very best. Maybe you don't want to watch this with your grandma, your young siblings or your borderline schizo friend but YOU should definitely check it out.
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