Cohen and Tate DVD Review

cat3When a young boy sees more than he should at a mob shooting, two hit men called Cohen and Tate are commissioned with his capture and return for questioning. The boy has been taken into the witness protection by the FBI and he is now living on a farm in the wilds of the United States of America south. You see the mob want to ask him questions on who the killer was, as they are worried about what it might mean to the goodfella’s of Texas. Cohen and Tate kill everyone on the farm and find the boy. The issue is that the boy will not come quietly and he is prepared to take on both men to survive.

cat2Umm…This was not a film favourite of mine. I have seen it before and did not really enjoy its slightly uneasy blend of child abuse and paedophilia. Add to this the implausable and utter silly set pieces that are blended together with mixed success and you have a film that is not a very fun or may I say, enjoyable watch. For many this film will be the greatest film of its kind and some will say I dont ‘get’ it. Yes and other people felt that say, Triumph of the Will was a soft stroll through a bunch of guys with some slightly hardline political opinions.

catheadThe disc is a well pieced together work and Arrow as always give us the cream of the crop. Great transfer that shines off the screen with great colour in the dark road. Eric Red has something to say but I wasnt blown away with what. The storyboards are worth looking into for film makers and fans but the stand out is Newmans writing on the film. It didnt change my opinion but its a superbly skilled piece and he is always worth the time.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by writer/director Eric Red
  • A Look Back at Cohen & Tate, a retrospective documentary featuring Eric Red, cinematographer Victor J. Kemper, editor Edward Abroms, and co-stars Kenneth McCabe and Harley Cross
  • Eric Red s original storyboards for the opening farmhouse shoot-out
  • Original, uncut versions of the farmhouse and oilfield shoot-outs
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Extensive stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

 

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kim Newman

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