A Fall DVD Preview

Not so ‘Heavenly’
Not much happening today in the land of DVD, so here’s a few new street dates and spec updates to tide you over until the Next Big Announcement…
First up, specs have come in for three highly-anticipated Buena Vista September cult faves, all hitting DVD on 9/24. The Grifters features a new anamorphic widescreen transfer and English 2.0 Dolby surround track, plus an audio commentary with director Stephen Frears, screenwriter Donald Westlake, and actors John Cusack and Angelica Huston, two new featurettes “The Making of The Grifters” and “The Jim Thompson Story,” “The Grifters Scrapbook” still gallery, and trailers. Swingers also features a new anamorphic widescreen transfer and tons of extras, including an audio commentary by director Doug Liman plus an “illustrated action commentary” with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, the “Making it in Hollywood,” “Writing the Story,” “Getting Swingers Made,” “Swingers Culture” and “Life After Swingers” featurettes, deleted Scenes, outtakes, a bonus short “Swingblade,” and trailers. Retail is $19.95 each..
Alas, while both Swingers and The Grifters look great, the Heavenly Creatures specs are a real disappointment. The film will be presented in full frame only and English 2.0 Dolby surround, with no extras aside from trailers. Let’s hope Buena Vista comes to their senses, cancels this release, and produces the special edition this film really deserves. Sigh.