almighty but Twilight Time's THE FURY Blu-ray ($29.95, available here) is one delicious disc.
The only other time I've seen this movie, I didn't care for it, but this
time it had me absolutely in the palm of its hand, with only one
climactic stumble. It's so sensuously filmed, so state of the art in its
sinuous, layered technique... and then you notice that everyone is
using landline phones and typewriters. There is one video game scene
that shows a couple of girls playing Pong. That's how state of the art
technology was at the time. Pong. How the world has changed since 1978,
but movies have not learned conspicuously more than Brian DePalma was
putting into practice 35 years ago.
Likewise, I've never been a John
Williams fan -- he's just too cloying for me -- but
the disc's isolated music track is a crash course in why he is great.
This is what I learned tonight: Williams doesn't just score the action; he
scores the performance that goes into a hand gesture, he scores the way
light rubs up against the actors, the way the images shock our senses; he has the foresight to time a cymbal
clash to the exact second when light flashes off the open eyes of
Cassavetes' somersaulting severed head. The man is a freaking painter.