Monte Hellman's "Iguana" (1988) Blu-ray – 8/19/14

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  1. Katatonia

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    Iguana is little known and rarely seen, but a really solid film if you've experienced it before. Directed by Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Silent Night, Deadly Night III, Beast from Haunted Cave) and starring the always excellent Everett McGill (Silver Bullet, The People Under the Stairs). Fabio Testi and Michael Madsen also co-star.

    Filmed in the Canary Islands, it's a very visual film and should look excellent in HD.

    The 2001 Anchor Bay DVD release has been OOP for years, but perhaps due to the film's obscurity it can still be found cheaply. There was a great audio commentary on that release, which sounds like it probably won't be ported over on the Raro Blu-ray release:

    http://rarovideousa.com/Iguana-directed-by-Monte-Hellman-Director-approved

    Synopsis: A grotesquely disfigured harpooner called Iguana is severely mistreated by his fellow sailors on a whaling ship in the 19th century. One night he escapes and takes up residence on a remote island. He makes himself ruler of the island and declares war on mankind. Anyone unfortunate enough to wind up on the island with Iguana is subjected to his cruel tyranny.

    Special Features

    Original theatrical trailer

    AN INTERVIEW WITH MONTE HELLMAN

    A fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film by Chris Alexander/Fangoria.

    Digitally Restored and Remastered.

    Production: Italy – 1988
    Running time: 100 minutes, color
    Language: English
    Video: AVC h264 1920x1080​ 24fps
    Audio:English DTS-HD master audio 2.0​
    Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen​ 1,78:1

    YouTube preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgD_x2y0ttg
     
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    Monte Hellman's The Shooting is being prepared for a criterion release sometime down the road, excited about that one. NOt seen Iguana
     
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    i saw the Anchor Bay dvd of this for $4 at a thrift store a month ago, and decided to pick it up, based solely on the fact that it was a vintage Anchor Bay release. I'd never heard of the film before. Haven't watched it yet.
     
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    The Anchor Bay disc was missing several minutes due to a mastering error.
     
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    aw, well that sucks. or do i have a "collectors item", now? :D
     
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    Really? :eek1: I never noticed anything, and there didn't seem to be any gaps in the commentary.
     
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    It's a two-minute sequence, and pretty important to the plot. Anchor Bay were going to reissue a fixed version, but orders were so small that never happened.
     
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    Well that sucks. I had never even seen the movie before the DVD came out, so I guess the cut wasn't all that noticeable if you hadn't seen it before. I suppose it's an even better reason to upgrade to the Blu-ray then. :nervous:
     
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