EXTRAS DVDs OF THE MONTH
HUSBANDS Directed by John Cassavetes Starring: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes The trailblazing independent auteur John Cassavetes pushes his raw, uncompromising emotional realism to its limit in this unflinching portrait of masculinity in crisis. Cassavetes joins Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk – both of whom would become key collaborators of the director’s playing a trio of middle-aged Long Island family men who, following the death of their close mutual friend, channel their grief into an epic, multiday bender that takes them from Manhattan to London in a desperate debauched quest to feel alive. By turns painfully funny and woundingly perceptive, this “comedy about life, death and freedom” (as its tagline stated) stands as perhaps the most fearless, harrowingly honest deconstruction of American manhood ever committed to film.
TWO-DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Audio commentary from 2009 featuring critic Marshall Fine New interviews with producer Al Ruban and actor Jenny Runacre New video essay featuring audio recordings of actordirector John Cassavetes discussing his approach to working with actors. The story of “Husbands” – A Tribute to John Cassavetes (2009), a half-hour program featuring Ruban, actor Ben Gazzara, and cinematographer Victor J. Kemper. Episode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1970 featuring Cassavetes, Gazzara, and actor Peter Falk. Trailer PLUS: An essay by filmmaker Andrew Bujalski.