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June 7, 2000
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Reviews by Matt Heffernan <matt@filmhead.com>

This week my picks are Fight Club (1999 - ) and The Deer Hunter (1978 - ).

The first film this week has finally been released on DVD, after several weeks of the VHS version being available for rent. This week's picks are being posted a little late, because I wanted to watch my copy (pre-ordered from Amazon.com) before writing them. Well, let me tell you, it was worth the wait. David Fincher's brilliant film has been given an incredible treatment: the most feature-rich DVD I have ever seen. Correction, make that "DVDs", since the film itself is so long (but not too long) and there are four different commentary tracks, a separate disc is included for all the special features. Fight Club, on its own, is a great film that depicts how a man (Edward Norton) finds himself so lost in bourgeois consumer culture, he starts a secret society with a new, far more self-confident friend (Brad Pitt). Combined with this package, it becomes a must-own for any DVD collector. Hopefully, this film will finally achieve the success it missed out on in the theatres.
Full review from October 15, 1999

The "Fight Club" organization is somewhat reminiscent of the famous Russian Roulette contests in the second film. Michael Cimino's epic Vietnam film shows how the war affected the lives of three life-long friends (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage). This was the film that kick-started Walken's career with an Academy Award, but it was also the last film for John Cazale, best known as Fredo Corleone from the first two Godfather films. His only other films were The Conversation and Dog Day Afternoon, making a short, but enviable career. Meryl Streep was his girlfriend at the time, and she also has a supporting role, but it is of course De Niro's incredible performance that led The Deer Hunter to win five Oscars, including Best Picture.


For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
Fight Club (1999)
The Deer Hunter (1978)

Here's some merchandise for sale at Amazon.com
Fight Club (1999) -- VHS
Fight Club (1999) -- DVD
Fight Club, a novel by Chuck Palahniuk -- Paperback
Fight Club, a novel by Chuck Palahniuk -- Audio Cassette (read by J. Todd Adams)
Fight Club: Original Motion Picture Score, by The Dust Brothers -- Compact Disc
The Deer Hunter (1978) -- VHS
The Deer Hunter (1978) -- VHS Widescreen
The Deer Hunter (1978) -- DVD
The Deer Hunter: Soundtrack -- Compact Disc


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