Harry Partch, Gustavo Romero, Diamanda Galas, Pacific Strings, inside the opera, best organs, best pianos, the composer, the concertmaster, the piano tuner, the tenor, the symphony player’s wife
Various Authors 6:22 p.m., Sept. 24
One can still expect to pay top dollar for some of the more obscure DVD releases from Criterion and Olive Films, but It was just a matter of time before the prices of Blu-rays began dropping.
Last week while visiting Amoeba Records in Hollywood, I shelled out $18.00 on a used Blu-ray copy of Who's Minding the Store? That's cheap when you consider that a new copy sells for $28.00. $28.00 for a no-frills DVD -- no commentary, no behind-the-scenes footage, not even the stinkin' trailer!
It's not likely that Olive Films will be putting out too many Blu-ray combo packs, and when they do, as in the case of Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown, Skidoo!, and Such Good Friends, you're going to drop a lot more than $13.00.
With Tower Records, Sam Goody's, and Border's all a thing of the past, the only place left in town with a wide selection of videos is Fry's Electronics on Aero Drive. A far cry from their glory days, when an entire row of shelves was devoted to Criterion discs, Fry's still offers a decent selection if you're willing to spend the time digging through their frequently misfiled selections. I found a copy of the delightful Tashlin-scripted comedy One Touch of Venus in the musical section.
Check out their racks of combo packs. Hondo, True Grit (Duke, not Bridges), and one of the 10 best films of all time, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, on 3 individual Blu-ray discs for $12.99.
Hey, hey, look at this: Goodfellas, The Aviator, and The Departed, all on Blu-ray for the tidy sum of $12.99. Average it out: that averages out to something like 9-cents a "fuck." Only a mamaluke would say no to an offer like this.
I know what you're thinking: what about the special features discs? I have yet to purchase a Marty Blu-ray where the special feature have been restored from their original DVD transfers, all of which I already own (and so should you).