Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Championed and vilified upon its original release, John McNaughton’s grungy shocker is a refreshingly de-glammed take on the ever problematic serial killer subgenre. This two-disc 20th anniversary edition includes deleted scenes, storyboards, directorial commentary, and a pair of documentaries, including one on the real-life Henry Lee Lucas.
Major Dundee: The Extended Version
Charlton Heston and Richard Harris star in Sam Peckinpah’s 1965 jaunt through Civil War–era Mexico. This is the “extended version” that played at Film Forum earlier this year, and while it may not qualify as a mangled masterpiece, it’s essential viewing for Peckinpah fans. Not to mention anyone who just wants to hear Heston’s stentorian delivery of chestnuts like “By midnight tonight I want every man in this command drunker than a fiddler’s bitch!” Supplements include an incomplete deleted scene and a vintage featurette on the movie’s stunt work.
In 1922 Australia, a group of white men led by an aboriginal guide seek to track down a black fugitive accused of murdering a white woman so they can, you know, bring him back for trial by a jury of his peers. Unjustly ignored upon its original U.S. release, director Rolf de Heer’s 2002 feature is of interest for its aggressive use of music and innovative handling of screen violence.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 25, 2005