Mr. and Mrs. Smith Unrated
As a gloss on modern American matrimony it’s a nonstarter, but thanks to the sure hand of director Doug Liman, last year’s Brangelina vehicle does prove that Hollywood can still turn out a reasonably graceful comic action-thriller from time to time. The “unrated” hook is a transparent con; more revealing than the slightly sexier centerpiece sequence is the extras-laden second disc, which showcases deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a making-of doc, and best of all, a package called “Doug’s Film School,” where the director breaks down several scenes, including a never-before-seen early version of the Brad-Angelina desert fight, which unfolds here in a wintry ravine.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
This concert film, shot over two nights during the summer of 2005 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, features songs from Young’s Prairie Wind album as well as some classics from his formidable back catalog. Extras include a bonus song, six featurettes, and a 1971 performance from The Johnny Cash Show.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
A surprise prizewinner at last year’s Cannes festival, Tommy Lee Jones’s feature directorial debut follows the quest of a Texas ranch foreman (Jones) to return the body of the titular Mexican immigrant for burial in his native country.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 6, 2006