The documentary was really good. I watched it twice. But still, I thought the other releases were better. Especially the America: Lost and Found boxset if we're talking just features.
I mean, look at these features...
Drive, He Said/A Safe Place
A Cautionary Tale... - a video interview, recorded in 2009, in which director Jack Nicholson, actor Bruce Dern, coproducer Harry Gittes, associate producer Fred Roos, and others discuss the production history of Drive, He Said. Jack Nicholson's comments are absolutely hilarious. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080p).
Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for Drive, He Said. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).
Henry Jaglom Finds "A Safe Place" - a short video interview, recorded in 2009, in which director Henry Jaglom discusses the message of his film, as well as the enormous influence certain European directors, such as John Schlesinger, Federico Fellini, and Jean-Luc Godard, had on him. Actress Karen Black also comments on the history of the film. In English, not subtitled. (7 min, 1080p).
Notes on the New York Film Festival - a video interview, recorded at the ninth New York Film Festival in 1971, in which director Peter Bogdanovich, Henry Jaglom, and writer Molly Haskell discuss The Last Picture Show and A Safe Place. In English, not subtitled. (29 min, 1080i).
Outtakes and Screen Tests - in English, not subtitled.
-- Outtakes (6 min, 1080i).
-- Screen Test 1 (3 min, 1080i).
-- Screen Test 2 (5 min, 1080i).
-- Screen Test 3 (6 min, 1080i).
-- Screen Test 4 (8 min, 1080i).
Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for A Safe Place. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).
Commentary - an audio commentary with director Henry Jaglom recorded between 2009 and 2010. The commentary contains an enormous amount of factual information addressing the film's production history, its reception, etc.
Born to be Wild - a wonderful documentary film by Nicholas Freand Jones, which was aired on BBC2 in December 1995. The film contains an abundance of raw footage and various interviews with Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, producer Peter Fonda, Henry Jaglom, etc. In English, not subtitled. (30 min, 1080i).
"Easy Rider": Shaking the Cage - a documentary film directed by Charles Kisleyak in 1999, focusing on the enormous cultural importance of Easy Rider and its impact on American Cinema. With the participation of director Dennis Hopper, cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, Seymor Cassel, Peter Fonda, etc. In English, not subtitled. (65 min, 1080i).
Hopper and Fonda at Cannes - a segment from the French television from Pour le cinema, directed by Pierre Mignot, aired on May 22, 1969. In French, with optional English subtitles. (3 min, 1080i).
Steve Blauner - a new interview with Steve Blauner, who discusses the BBS and its legacy. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2010. In English, not subtitled. (19 min, 1080p).
Trailers - in English, not subtitled.
-- Trailer 1 (3 min, 1080p).
-- Trailer 2 (1 min, 1080p).
Commentaries - two commentaries, one with director Dennis Hopper, and another with actor Peter Fonda, production manager Paul Lewis, and director Dennis Hopper, which was recorded in 1995.
The King of Marvin Gardens
Selected-Scene Commentary - a video commentary with director Bob Rafelson discussing specific scenes from his film. The video commentary was recorded in Aspen, Colorado, in 2009. In English, not subtitled. (62 min, 1080p).
-- Stylistic concerns/Script discussions
-- Scatman Crothers
-- Pace/Photographic paradises
-- Art direction/Jack
-- Geographical dislocations
-- John Ryan/Creating Depth
-- Amateur actors
-- Julie Robinson/Accident
-- Critical reactions/Actors
-- Creating a character/Sound
-- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
-- The gun
-- A good excuse for a cocaine habit
Reflections of a Philosopher King - a video interview with director Bob Rafelson and actress Ellen Burstyn, who discuss the production history of The King of Marvin Gardens, its story, and characters. In English, not subtitled. (10 min, 1080p).
Afterthoughts - a short piece with director Bob Rafelson, cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, and actor Bruce Dern discussing the stylistic nature of The King of Marvin Gardens. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080i).
Bob Rafelson - a detailed summation of director Bob Rafelson's life and career. In text format. (1080p).
Trailer - the original trailer for The King of Marvin Gardens. In English, not subtitled. (4 min, 1080p).
Five Easy Pieces
Soul Searching in "Five Easy Pieces" - in this video piece, recorded in 2009, director Bob Rafelson discusses various technical aspects from the production of Five Easy Pieces, as well its unique narrative. In English, not subtitled. (10 min, 1080p).
BBStory - in this documentary feature, made in 2009, director Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, Jack Nicholson, Henry Janglom, Karen Black, and Ellen Burstyn, Fred Roos, Richard Schickel, amongst others, discuss the BBS legacy. In English, not subtitled. (47 min, 1080p).
Bob Rafelson at AFI - archival footage from a discussion, held at the American Film Institute on May 19, 1976. The discussion features director Bob Rafelson, who addresses the legacy of BBS. In English, not subtitled. (50 min, 1080i).
Teasers and Trailer - in English, not subtitled.
-- Teaser 1 (3 min, 1080p).
-- Teaser 2 (2 min, 1080p).
-- Trailer (4 min, 1080p).
Commentary - an audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson.
From the Monkees to Head - in this interview, conducted in Aspen, Colorado, in 2010, director Bob Rafelson discusses how Head came to exist, the socio-political environment in America at the time when the film was made, the role of the Monkees in the film, its unique narrative, etc. In English, not subtitled. (29 min, 1080p).
BBS: A Time for Change - in this video piece, filmed in 2010, critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley discuss the BBS and its legacy. In English, not subtitled. (28 min, 1080p).
Screen Tests - in English, not subtitled.
-- Michael Blessing (Nesmith) (4 min, 1080p).
-- Micky Braddock (Dolenz) (3 min, 1080p).
-- Davy Jones (3 min, 1080p).
-- Peter Tork (3 min, 1080p).
-- "She's A Groovy Kid" (5 min, 1080p).
-- "$13 Million" (4 min, 1080p).
The Monkees on the Hy Lit Show, 1968 - an archival interviews with the Monkees, aired in 1968, in which the band members discuss Head. In English, not subtitled. (6 min, 1080i).
Promotion - a gallery of trailers, TV spots, Radio spots, and ephemera.
Commentary - an audio commentary with ex-Monkees Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, recorded in 2010. This is a very informative, and hilarious, commentary that contains a lot of factual information pertaining to the film's production history and unique look, structure, and message.
The Last Picture Show
"The Last Picture Show": A Look Back - a documentary film, directed by Laurent Bouzereau, containing interviews with director Peter Bogdanovich, actors Cybill Shephred, Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Frank Marshall, and author Larry McMurtry. In English, not subtitled. (65 min, 1080i).
-- Time, Place, and language.
-- Confidence in his cast
-- McMurtry's own hometown
-- Controversies and difficulties
-- Emotional moments
-- Last look back
A Discussion with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich - a Q&A session with director Peter Bogdanovich conducted in 2009, during he recalls how The Last Picture Show came to exist, some of the directors that had a major influence on him, his casting choices during the years, etc. In English, not subtitled. (13 min, 1080p).
Picture This - a wonderful documentary, directed by George Hickenlooper, in which the director and cast of The Last Picture Show reunite in Archer City for the filming of Texasville. The documentary contains interviews with actors Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, director Peter Bogdanovich, and writer Larry McMurtry. In English, not subtitled. (42 min, 1080i).
Screen Tests - a collection of 16mm screen tests of various actors featured in The Last Picture Show. Music only. (3 min, 1080i).
Location footage - archival testing footage which director Peter Bogdanovich shot in Archer City before production of The Last Picture Show began. Without sound. (7 min, 1080i).
Truffaut on the New Hollywood - an excerpt from Vive le cinema, a French TV program, in which legendary director Francois Truffaut discusses America's underground directors and the end of the "happy endings" in American cinema. Aired on February 13, 1972. In French, with optional English subtitled. (5 min, 1080i).
Trailers - in English, not subtitled.
-- Original Theatrical Trailer (4 min, 1080p).
-- Rerelease trailer (2 min, 1080i).
Commentaries - two audio commentaries, one with director Peter Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall, recorded exclusively for Criterion in 1991; and a second commentary with director Peter Bogdanovich, recorded in 2009.
Booklet - a 112-page illustrated booklet containing Chuck Stephens' essay "Head-zapoppin'!"; Matt Zoeller Seitz's essay "Easy Rider: Wild at Heart"; Kent Jones' essay "Five Easy Pieces: The Solitude"; Graham Fuller's essay "The Last Picture Show: In With The Old"; Mark Le Fanu's essay "The King of Marvin Gardens: A Killing"; and J. Hoberman's essay "One Big Real Place: BBS From Head To Hearts".
All that crap >>> one documentary.
I became a BD snob this year so this was a category I felt very strongly about. The films included in the boxset are iconic pieces of cinema and they're presented beautifully and are in a pristine package full of features. It's just a special, special boxset. Way more special than one documentary.