Founded in April 2006, High-Def Digest is the ultimate guide for High-Def enthusiasts who demand only the best that money can buy. This pairing of a surrogate father and son has all the makings of a hokey subplot, but Wyler diminishes the mawkish nature of their bonding by clarifying that Dave is using the boy, as well as a local woman, Marjorie (Barbara Kent), who’s taken a liking to him, as a way to garner more support, and as such more bets, for his next match with Roff. We often hear little about the German films made between Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda films for the Nazi Party and the works of the New German Cinema of the late ‘60s, almost as if the German film industry were at a standstill during that time. It also foreshadows some of Dennis Hopper's later roles, like in Blue Velvet a little bit (although Hopper does not mention that in the commentary). The interviews that accompany each film are much weightier. Not surprisingly, these sensibilities would collide decades later when Cronenberg adapted Ballard’s Crash. Criterion presents Pierrot le Fou in a new 2K restoration that’s a few notches above their already excellent—and long out-of-print—2009 release in terms of color saturation and the clarity of fine details. The film’s relentless sound editing and Clint Mansell’s remarkable score is perfectly presented, never sacrificing the clarity of the dialogue. After retribution has been assured, the film enters upon a more abstract phase. Criterion’s release of Claudine brings much-needed attention to John Berry’s tender portrait of black love and the failures of the welfare system. The American Friend (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Dennis Hopper (Actor), Bruno Ganz (Actor), Wim Wenders (Director) & Rated: Unrated. Condition is Brand New. The extras are rounded out by five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. Requiem for a Dream is also the film that firmly established Aronofsky as a primarily visual filmmaker. The colors come through in bold hues. Employing an impressive range of visual tactics, such as whip pans, rapid cutting, and superimpositions, Wyler gives Dave’s transformation from fraud to champ a striking dynamism. The discs boot up directly to the menu screen without any promotional advertisements. Cronenberg sharply contrasts the duplicity and untrammeled hubris of Dr. Hobbes and his “pure research” with dogged frontline responder Dr. Roger St. Luc (Paul Hamptom), Starliner’s resident medico. He clarifies that many Jewish groups disagreed with claims made against the film, as the scene in question clearly aims to sympathize with the former concentration camp prisoner after a racial slur is hurled in his direction. The American Friend (Criterion Collection) [New Blu-ray] Restored, Special Edi. In Hopper’s hands, Ripley’s elaborate deception of unassuming husband and father Jonathan Zimmerman (Bruno Ganz) achieves Machiavellian heights of maleficence, his nefarious take on the author’s cunning art dealer both uncomfortably compelling and morally unconscionable. Whether the film is in the midst of depicting murder, tragedy, or revolution—and Lucía abounds in depictions of all three—Solas directs with a focused fury seldom seen in the annals of cinema; he constructs indelible images of beauty and rage with an intensity that’s wild-eyed but simultaneously grounded in the specificity of each era. Thus, in an effort to provide for his soon-to-be widowed wife, Marianne (Lisa Kreuzer), and family, he agrees to kill two rival gangsters in exchange for future recompense. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight—but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond.