Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Dennis Hopper, Jodie Foster, Dean Stockwell, Vincent Price, John Turturro
Directors: Dennis Hopper, Alan Smithee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Dennis Hopper directed, as well as acted in, this moody mess from 1989, which was barely seen for a couple of years until getting a boost from the rising fame of its star, Jodie Foster. Looking startlingly young, Foster pl... more »
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Victoria A. Wildermuth | Odessa, TX USA | 07/20/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't buy this DVD. Buy the VHS director's cut. The movie has been wrecked by haphazard edits. The DVD doesn't even make sense. This is not a bad film. Buy the VHS, but run as far as you can from this DVD. It's a rip-off."
DVD is NOT the Director's Cut!
(1 out of 5 stars)
"For those who don't know, there are two versions of this film:The European version titled "Catchfire", which runs 98 minutes (more or less) and has a music score by Curt Sobel. The director of the film, Dennis Hopper disowned this version--it is credited to Alan Smithee instead. Then there's the director's cut, "Backtrack", which runs 116 minutes (more or less), and features a different score by Michel Columbier. This version is available on video.I don't know why, but the DVD release is in fact the shorter European cut w/ alternate score--despite keeping the "Backtrack" title and Hopper's name on the credits as director. Oh, and the back of the box credits Michel Columbier as composer, which is very odd considering not a note of his music is present in this version. A simple mistake by the distributor Artisan? Or are they simply trying to pull a fast one on the consumers? Either way, I strongly suggest that you either wait for a proper release on DVD or purchase the VHS version instead, which to my knowledge remains as the director's cut.Maybe Hopper changed his mind about which cut he prefers, but I highly doubt that."
E. Newman | Brooklyn, NY USA | 08/30/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A word to the wise from one who got burned: the Artisan DVD release is the expurgated cut. The story makes no sense once they've trimmed the Jodie/Dennis sex scenes, so don't buy it. Shame on Artisan."
A. Laslo | USA | 02/25/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"READ ALL REVIEWS BEFORE YOU BUY. If I had taken the time to read the warning about the cut DVD version, I never would have bought this DVD. Too late schmart. It's a hatchet job. Very sad and SO maddening that an intriguing film in which one could luxuriate has been turned into a goofy trivialization. And I can't return it because I've opened it."