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Bone [DVD] [1972]

Release Date:08/26/2003
An incisive exercise in social commentary with a killer undercurrent of black comedy, director Larry Cohen's Bone may have remained a forever lost in the shuffle if not for the thankful efforts of Blue Underground. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image as presented here is a testament to Blue Underground's tireless efforts to release top-quality transfers of important forgotten films. Crisp and clean, save for some flaws inherent to the source print, the colors as presented here are bright, well-balanced, and vivid. A closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is presented equally well: free of distortion and hiss, well-balanced, and nicely mastered. Of course Blue Underground could have called it a day there and still had an important release on their hands that would have no doubt pleased fans, but it's the extra effort William Lustig and crew put in that truly separates this release from the pack. An audio commentary featuring Lustig and Cohen is non-stop, always insightful and indispensable to this release. In addition to discussing the numerous, complex layers in which the film is presented, discussion of the state of independent films at the time of Bone's release in 1972 offers today's up-and-coming filmmakers a revealing look at the changes that have occurred in the film industry over the course of the past 30 years. An interview with producer Jack H. Harris discusses the film's difficult distribution history and various marketing ploys, and selected scenes from the aborted first shoot (totaling 30 minutes) offer 16 mm black-and-white versions of key scenes. Theatrical trailers and radio spots give an even more insightful look at the exploitation-slanted "Housewife" campaign under which the film made the drive-in rounds, with poster and still galleries offering a comparative look at both that and the original advertising for the film. An extensive biography of director Cohen rounds out the disc nicely with an unusually detailed look at the enduring independent's remarkable career.

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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen
    • Jack H. Harris on Bone
    • Selected scenes from Aborted First Shoot
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Radio spot
    • Poster & still gallery
    • Larry Cohen bio


    When their lavish home is invaded by a violent and unstable black criminal, a high-living white Beverly Hills couple is forced to confront their worst nightmares in filmmaker Larry Cohen's satirical black comedy. Famous car dealer Bill (Andrew Duggan) and his wife, Bernadette (Joyce Van Patten), go through the motions of their mundane day-to-day existence while coasting on a fragile web of lies and tentative affection. When Bill discovers a rat in the filter of his pool, he is frozen with fear until Bone (Yaphet Kotto) mysteriously appears and removes the threatening vermin. Their gratitude is short-lived when Bone forces his way into their posh home with the intention of raping Bernadette and making off with a tidy sum. However, when he discovers some questionable discrepancies with their financial records, Bill is forced to make a trip to the bank to make a withdrawal while Bone and Bernadette await his return -- but Bone warns that he will not hesitate to kill Bernadette if Bill doesn't return in due time. Their transparent façade forever shattered, captor and captive form an unusual bond while Bone's meal ticket opts for an ominous change of plan that he believes will rid him of excess baggage while also drawing a substantial profit. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Jeannie Berlin
      Jeannie Berlin
    • Andrew Duggan
      Andrew Duggan - Bill
    • Yaphet Kotto
      Yaphet Kotto - Bone
    • Joyce Van Patten
      Joyce Van Patten - Bernadette
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      Casey King

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