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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS

In 2001, writer/director Richard Kelly achieved cult status with Donnie Darko, an assured debut feature exploring deep existential questions through the lens of 80s nostalgia. Five years later, he followed up with a more ambitious and even more beguiling sophomore effort, in which forces of totalitarianism and anarchism collide against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, near-future world – the beguiling and baffling Southland Tales.

Los Angeles, 2008. As the city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental chaos, the fates of an eclectic set of characters – including an amnesia-stricken action star (Dwayne Johnson, the Fast & Furious series), an adult film star developing her own reality TV project (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions) and a police officer whose identity has split in two (Seann William Scott, TV's Lethal Weapon) – intertwine with each other and with the whole of humanity.

A darkly comic futuristic epic that speaks as presciently to our turbulent times as it did to the American socio-political climate in 2006, Southland Tales receives a fresh – and timely – lease of life with this new, director-approved restoration.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 2K restoration by Arrow Films, approved by director Richard Kelly and director of photography Steven Poster
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the 145-minute theatrical cut and the 160-minute "Cannes cut", which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006
  • Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary on the theatrical cut by Richard Kelly
  • It's a Madcap World: The Making of an Unfinished Film, a new in-depth retrospective documentary on the film, featuring contributions by Richard Kelly and members of the original crew
  • USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland, an archival featurette on the making of the film, featuring interviews with the cast and crew
  • This is the Way the World Ends, an archival animated short set in the Southland Tales universe
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey
  • Limited edition collector's booklet featuring new writing by Peter Tonguette and Simon Ward
studio:
  • Arrow Video
Certificate:
  • 15
Aspect Ratio:
  • 2.35:1
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Brand:
  • Arrow Video
Director:
  • Richard Kelly
Actor:
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Seann William Scott
Subtitle Languages:
  • English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 2006
Region:
  • B

Southland Tales

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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS

In 2001, writer/director Richard Kelly achieved cult status with Donnie Darko, an assured debut feature exploring deep existential questions through the lens of 80s nostalgia. Five years later, he followed up with a more ambitious and even more beguiling sophomore effort, in which forces of totalitarianism and anarchism collide against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, near-future world – the beguiling and baffling Southland Tales.

Los Angeles, 2008. As the city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental chaos, the fates of an eclectic set of characters – including an amnesia-stricken action star (Dwayne Johnson, the Fast & Furious series), an adult film star developing her own reality TV project (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions) and a police officer whose identity has split in two (Seann William Scott, TV's Lethal Weapon) – intertwine with each other and with the whole of humanity.

A darkly comic futuristic epic that speaks as presciently to our turbulent times as it did to the American socio-political climate in 2006, Southland Tales receives a fresh – and timely – lease of life with this new, director-approved restoration.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 2K restoration by Arrow Films, approved by director Richard Kelly and director of photography Steven Poster
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the 145-minute theatrical cut and the 160-minute "Cannes cut", which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006
  • Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary on the theatrical cut by Richard Kelly
  • It's a Madcap World: The Making of an Unfinished Film, a new in-depth retrospective documentary on the film, featuring contributions by Richard Kelly and members of the original crew
  • USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland, an archival featurette on the making of the film, featuring interviews with the cast and crew
  • This is the Way the World Ends, an archival animated short set in the Southland Tales universe
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey
  • Limited edition collector's booklet featuring new writing by Peter Tonguette and Simon Ward
studio:
  • Arrow Video
Certificate:
  • 15
Aspect Ratio:
  • 2.35:1
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Brand:
  • Arrow Video
Director:
  • Richard Kelly
Actor:
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Seann William Scott
Subtitle Languages:
  • English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 2006
Region:
  • B

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Crazy, hectic and weird. In a good way.

Another great release from Arrow. It's great to see the longer film and the commentary helps explain the story and the ideas. The film is parts 4-6 with 1-3 graphic novels. Who would buy and read these at the time?! Anyhow, that didn't work but I wish they'd been added as an extra (especially as the director says they should be on the disc!) as they are rare and expensive now. The effects weren't finished which explains their naffness. Overall the 2k remaster isn't that great. It's such an epic complicated mess, no-one really wants to spend more money fixing it. So, I think this will be the best we ever get.