Bully

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chad Ferguson, Dec 12, 2002.

  1. Chad Ferguson

    Chad Ferguson Supporting Actor

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    I was just wondering why this film is so limited in Availabilty? No one carries this film for sale. Will this movie be rereleased in the future? It seems like the type of show that could have a lot of deleted material. Is this film banned in Canada?
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  2. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    I don't think it's banned...but it is a controversial film. Larry Clarke's films always carry a tag around with them, added to the fact that he makes small budget, unhyped films that have no qualms about pushing boundries, I assume many carriers just overlook it when they order films. Quite a shame because Bully was a very powerful film.

    Bruce
     
  3. Dean Kousoulas

    Dean Kousoulas Second Unit

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    It took me almost 3 weeks after it's release date to find the film in stores, and even then, it was the edited version shown in the theaters. I heard the un-rated version has a commentary by Clark.

    Dean
     
  4. Chris Miller

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    The "Theatrical Version" is the original, unrated cut of the film. There's no commentary from Clark on it. I believe I read a story on this very forum once about how Clark was going to record a commentary, but they had techinical problems and he never got another chance to do one before it was released.

    I believe the R rated version was only released to video store chains (Blockbuster, Hollywood Video), and may only even exist on VHS.

    As for it's scarcity on shelves; it was a pretty small film with NC17-level content. So it's not going to be carried too many places. For those same reasons, I doubt you'll ever see a redone DVD.

    It's a shame it's not easier to find though. It's my absolute favorite film of the last several years.
     
  5. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    I rented it from Netflix. I don't remember deleted scenes, it has the usual fluff interviews and trailers.

    It also has maybe the most distasteful "extra" feature I've seen - Mug shots of the real people the film portrays.

    I thought the movie was awful, a pointless examination of stupid people doing stupid things and just when you think they can't possibly top themselves, they do. Turn on Jerry Springer and you have Bully.

    Of course in the same way I suppose it could be viewed as a sociological examination of our society and culture, but I don't get the impression that was Larry Clark's intention in making this movie.
     
  6. Micah Cohen

    Micah Cohen Screenwriter

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    I must concur. I was astounded and disturbed by Clark's KIDS, which made me want to see BULLY. But BULLY struck me as a low-rent soft porn remake of RIVER'S EDGE, a far more affecting and well-done film (even tho RIVER'S EDGE is sort of "Hollywood").

    NetFlix has it, I got it pretty quick. Thanks NetFlix!

    MC
     

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