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Lunch Break: It’s a Glorious Day When A Favorite Film Comes to Criterion Blu Ray

Posted on May 22 2010 2:00 pm
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Last night I gasped so loud that April got mad at me for scaring her. I had to explain that one of my top 5 favorite films, Terry Zwigoff’s 1995 documentary “Crumb,” was being released at the end of the summer on Blu-Ray as part of the Criterion Collection.

“Crumb” is the greatest documentary ever made about an artist. The film deeply explores the life and work of ’60s counterculture comic artist R. Crumb. It’s a fascinating, complex odyssey that grows in depth with each successive viewing as more connections can be made and explored.

The most stunning aspect of the film is how it unfolds. First we meet Crumb and learn of his life and art. And he appears to be the most bizarre man on earth. Then we meet his family and he looks normal in comparison. We see how through his art Crumb managed to channel the family wounds and psychological scarring that crippled his two brothers. He was actually able to do something productive and meaningful with his life.

This new edition features two audio commentaries — the original 2006 commentary Zwigoff did with Roger Ebert and a new solo commentary from Zwigoff in 2010. Most exciting of all though: more than FIFTY MINUTES of unused footage. I can’t wait.

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