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HTF DVD REVIEW: Serial Mom - Collector's Edition



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#1 of 5 Kevin EK

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Posted June 07 2008 - 03:10 PM




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SERIAL
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COLLECTOR’S EDITION

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  • English Dolby Digital 5.1


Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Both Commentaries

Rating: R (Sexual Humor, Violence, Language)


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Release Date: May 6, 2008

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Starring: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake and Suzanne Somers

Written and Directed by: John Waters





Serial Mom is a typically caustic John Waters black comedy, focused on the exploits of Waters’ ultimate suburban housewife and mother – one who resorts to violence to ensure that things remain wholesome. In a major casting coup, John Waters has managed to get Kathleen Turner to play the title role, and she pretty much devours all the scenery while having a fairly good time in Waters’ tilted world. The film is garish and loud, and Waters fans really wouldn’t have it any other way. There is some violence, but it’s played directly for laughs, in keeping with the dark comedy motif of the film.

This film was previously available on DVD roughly 10 years ago from HBO Home Video, with a non-anamorphic transfer and a commentary by Waters. The new release has a new anamorphic transfer, 5.1 sound, and new extras to go along with the original commentary.

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Serial Mom gets a little respect and a nice release from Universal with this Collector’s Edition. John Waters’ fans will certainly enjoy the extras and the new commentary, while Kathleen Turner fans will enjoy watching her devour the scenery here. And it sports a solid new transfer to boot.


Kevin Koster
June 7, 2008 (Somehow in my initial post of this review, I backdated it by a year. That way, I would be eleven months early on the review rather than one month late. Oh well...)


#2 of 5 CraigF

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Posted June 08 2008 - 09:50 AM

Agree, this was a solid and worthwhile release IMO. The colors were kinda bright, but not in a bad way.¹ Nothing to complain about here considering what I was expecting from before. I found the extras interesting too, what an interesting bunch of characters Waters surrounds himself with.

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¹ By pure coincidence, I now recall this was the first DVD I watched after recalibrating my display. Let's say I was a little upset for a while...

[P.S. calendar check!]

#3 of 5 Kevin EK

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Posted June 08 2008 - 12:40 PM

Craig,

1. You're very funny.
2. Maybe I'm stuck in a time warp in 2007. That or I'm getting sloppy again...
3. But I still laughed out loud when I saw the date...

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Posted June 08 2008 - 12:52 PM

When I first saw the date, I thought this may have been a review of the DVD from another region, but it *sounded* like what I saw...then I saw you started the (original) thread etc. and knew... BTW, thanks for the review! It's very fair/accurate IMO.

You should have seen me doing the DVD shuffle after I put this one in. It is extremely dumb to check a calibration with a new unknown disc, why do people do such stupid pointless things?

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Posted June 08 2008 - 03:10 PM

To answer your question with another one, why do reviewers like me try to backdate their reviews by a year to make them look like they got done on time?

But to be serious, thanks for your kind words.





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