The story took place in 80 ages 19 century,A stagecoach with passengers went across Arracksan’s plain,It went to Rotsbao,on the way,It experienced layer a lof of difficulty to cross,It finally got to destination,There wre impossible-looking senery,desolate mountain and enormous cactus in Mexico state,There was difficulty on stagecoach and Indian was tight and tight to chase.(Sic) (sic) (sic) (sic)
Classy way to describe the film that Orson Welles called a cinematic textbook. Anyway, this Indian was tight to chase a stash of DVDs in Palika Bazaar yesterday afternoon – went to that shop for the first time in months, picked up a whole lot of “original copy” discs including long-sought-after DVDs of old favourites such as Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise, Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind, Franju’s Eyes Without a Face, the Fredric March Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels and two great silent films: Murnau’s Faust and Lang’s Dr Mabuse, der Spieler. Also the early Scorsese Boxcar Bertha, Bergman’s Summer Interlude, the controversial Swedish docudrama I am Curious – Yellow, Darren Aronofsky’s Pi and a few others.
Usually when I get a big haul of DVDs from the Electronic Zone I have to allow for the possibility that a couple of discs won't be in working condition and I’ll have to return to Connaught Place to exchange them for something else. Occasional hazard of getting high-quality prints of films not easily available elsewhere, at cheap rates. This time the discs all seem fine, but I encountered another facet of the carelessness inherent in the piracy process. Apparently the version of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch that I bought was originally spread over two discs (along with a lot of special features), but the pirates unthinkingly copied only Disc A and packaged it as the complete film. So I have half the movie with me now, along with a couple of Extras. Will have to go back.
Moral lesson #58: if you’re buying pirated DVDs from Palika, do take the time to study the back-jacket. If the literature says anything about a Disc A and a Disc B, and the version you’re holding contains a single disc, avoid it.
[Earlier posts on DVD-hoarding here, here and here]