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For my money, TEXASVILLE ($20) is a very much-underrated sequel to Peter Bogdanovich’s now classic, and critically lauded, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. TEXASVILLE, also directed by Bogdanovich, gathers much of the original cast to tell a warm, funny and very human story as to what happened to these very same characters thirty years down the line. Life was certainly complicated for Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges) and Jacy Farrow (Cybill Shepherd) when they were teenagers and had a thing for one another; now that both of them are middle age, things turn out to be ten times as complicated.

In the intervening years, Duane has gone from dirt poor, to wealthy oilman, to twelve million dollars in debt. Thing are further complicated by his somewhat open marriage to Karla (Annie Potts), as well as the romantic exploits of their children, who fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat. As For Jacy, she became an actress, moved to Italy and only returned home to Texas to after the death of her son. As one might expect, the sparks do fly when Duane and Jacy are reunited- however, rekindling their romance is the last thing either one needs to further complicate their already overcomplicated lives. The cast of TEXASVILLE also features THE LAST PICTURE SHOW alumni Timothy Bottoms, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid, Eileen Brennan, as well as, William McNamara, Angie Bolling, Su Hyatt and Earl Poole Ball.

MGM Home Entertainment has made TEXASVILLE available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. This a really terrific looking transfer of a movie that uses natural lighting exceedingly well. Nicholas von Sternberg’s cinematography has a warm glowing quality that shines rather nicely in this presentation. The image is nicely crisp and has very good definition. Colors have a natural level of saturation and are rendered without noise or smearing. Blacks appear pure, whites are clean and the picture produces more than respectable shadow detail. Dual layer authoring keep digital compression artifacts well camouflaged.

TEXASVILLE comes with a clean sounding Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack. It seems odd that a movie release in 1990 would have a monaural soundtrack, but I tend to doubt that TEXASVILLE had an exceedingly large budget and the filmmakers had to cut costs somewhere. Dialogue is reproduced very cleanly, with every word remaining completely intelligible. There is a lot of incidental music on the soundtrack, which unsurprisingly sounds rather flat in this monaural presentation. A French language track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The basic interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a theatrical trailer.

TEXASVILLE is a wonderful little movie that reunites the cast of a classic film, thus allowing fans to spend some more time with these old friends. MGM Home Entertainment’s DVD release looks and sounds quite good and the price is low enough that fans won’t have to think twice about plunking down the money for their own copy.



Texasville (1990)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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