Thursday, August 24, 2006
Coming soon (but not staying long)
According to the usually reliable ComingSoon.net site, All the King's Men -- Steve Zaillian's remake of the Oscar-winning drama based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel -- will be available as a homevideo release on Dec. 19. What makes this just a tiny bit remarkable is the fact that the film -- originally set for release in 2005, when it was hyped as a major Academy Award contender -- will open at theaters and drive-ins everywhere Sept. 22. That's right: A high-profile, major studio release that once seemed like sure-fire Oscar bait, with a cast that includes such notables as Sean Penn (as the Huey Longish politico who's corrupted by power), Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and James Gandolfini -- this seemingly impressive package will fast-forward to DVD less than three months after its opening weekend. All of which raises the inevitable question: What is wrong with this picture?