There is no other movie like Southland Tales. Love it or hate it, there is no denying that this is one of the most unique and confusing pieces of movie theater to ever hit local cinema. It’s a mystery shrouded in riddle, sold as a high-quality disguise like the Drive-In B-Movie sci-fi madness. It has gained a strong and loyal cult following since its release in 2006. Now, Arrow is celebrating the legacy behind the film with a new 2K makeover that will hit retailers and streaming outlets on January 26. We recently caught up with director Richard Kelly. to talk about the long and rich history of the film.
Although Southland Tales has taken a box office plunge and faced a lot of criticism over the years, Richard kelly stands by its masterpiece. The film ushered in an era of ancillary media, with graphic novels complementing the story that still unfolds to this day. Kelly breaks down the path to the making of his epic, which he plans to continue with a possible sequel or other forms of storytelling. The director gives us a breakdown of the past, present, and future for this interesting franchise.
Southland Tales followed by Richard Kelly’s undeniable classic Donnie Darko. But he didn’t face the same kind of praise that was lavished on his early days as a director. The film premiered at Cannes unfinished. And he did not meet the expected response. In fact, it had one of the most notorious Cannes debuts in the history of the film festival. The new version of Arrow gives fans of the film a chance to see the cut that was shown at that time.
Kelly takes us through this wild experience, while discussing the much ridiculed sequel to Donnie Darko called S. Darko, which he still has never seen. In his discussion with Paulington James Christensen III, the subject of a true sequel to Donnie Darko returns. But you’ll have to watch the video to see Richard Kelly’s reaction to the idea of Donnie Darko 3
In 2001, writer / director Richard Kelly went cult with Donnie Darko, an assured debut feature exploring deep existential questions through the prism of ’80s nostalgia. Five years later, it followed up with a more ambitious and even more alluring sophomore effort, in which the forces of totalitarianism and of anarchism collide in the context of a post-apocalyptic world, close to the future – the alluring and bewildering. Southland Tales.
Los Angeles, 2008. With the city on the brink of social, economic, and environmental chaos, the fate of an eclectic set of characters – including an action star with amnesia (Dwayne Johnson, the Fast furious series), an adult movie star developing her own reality TV project (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions) and a policeman whose identity split in two (Seann William Scott, TV’s Deadly weapon) – intertwine with each other and with all of humanity. A dark, comedic futuristic epic that speaks as presciently of our turbulent times as it did of America’s socio-political climate in 2006, Southland Tales is getting new – and timely – life with this new director-approved restoration.
Arrow Films’ new 2K restoration has been approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster. The High Definition Blu-ray ™ (1080p) contains screenings of both versions of the film: the 145-minute theatrical cut and the 160-minute “Cannes Cup”, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Richard Kelly provides an audio commentary on the theatrical cut. and there are several featurettes that go deep into the making of this cult classic. Fans can pick up the release in January.