All the way back in December of '05, I went to Lincoln Center for a screening of Noah Baumbach's directorial debut, Kicking and Screaming, his 1995 cult classic about a group of friends' lives after college graduation and their struggle to deny real world responsibilities. It's one of my favorite movies of all time, and from the reaction to my piece about the Lincoln Center event that featured a Q&A w/ Baumbach and some of the movie's cast last December, it's definitely a Tripwire reader favorite too.
Baumbach hinted at the fact that Kicking And Screaming might see a re-release as it had stopped being produced in VHS form at that point. Well, thanks to the WONDERFUL people at Criterion Collection, Kicking And Screaming will finally be getting the proper attention that it deserves. The new DVD (ah, I never thought I would be able to say that) comes out on August 22nd and includes the following:
-New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Noah Baumbach
-New Dolby Digital 5.1 audio remix
-New video interview with writer-director Baumbach
-New video conversations featuring Baumbach and cast members Chris Eigeman, Josh Hamilton, and Carlos Jacott
-Rare deleted scenes
-Conrad and Butler in "Conrad and Butler Take a Vacation," a short film from 2000, directed by Baumbach and starring Kicking And Screaming cast members Carlos Jacott and John Lehr
-Brief 1995 interviews with Baumbach and the cast, originally broadcast on IFC
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-A new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Check out the cover for the VHS and the DVD: I always thought the VHS cover was weird because Eric Stoltz was on it and not Josh Hamilton, which I suppose is understandable as Eric Stoltz was hired at the last minute because the studio wanted a "name." Stoltz is not a main character in the movie, but a hilarious one. Baumbach explained that he wrote Stoltz's character in at the last minute. The DVD cover, in my opinion, is pretty crappy. It's a green cover with handwritten quotes from the movie... kind of lame. But hell, I can't complain. What do you all think?