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Lucky DVD Review


The late great Harry Dean Stanton shines in one of his final film performances.

In “Lucky,” the titular character lives a simple and solitary life in a small desert town. He smokes, he drinks milk, he does crossword puzzles, he watches game shows, and he interacts with locals. After taking a spill one day, however, Lucky begins to come to terms with his mortality while also trying to embrace the time he has left.

Written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja and directed by veteran actor John Carroll Lynch, “Lucky” is a touching and potentially biographical tribute to actor Harry Dean Stanton who passed away shortly after filming this role. The actor (who is best known for appearing in cult classics like “Alien” and “Escape From New York”) certainly gets one of his best roles here in this indie character study about aging, death, life, time, love, the future, and mortality. Granted, the film is light on story and sometimes plays like it wants to be a Jim Jarmusch film, but it’s hard not to get wrapped up in this intimate tale.

Most of what makes this film work is, of course, Harry Dean Stanton as the film solely revolves around him. In many ways, it feels like this role is the culmination of his life’s work. It showcases just how strong of an actor he was. The rest of the cast (which is sweetly comprised of fellow character actors) such as David Lynch, Ed Begley, Jr. Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt and Barry Shabaka Henley all bring something to their small but important roles.


Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? A crisp standard definition transfer. The cinematography really stands out here.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Since this is a dialogue driven film, the track does not have much to do. With that said, it’s still a solid track that does the job.

Extras include Magnolia Entertainment trailers, a “Lucky” trailer, a brief interview with a tired and grumpy Harry Dean Stanton, nearly a half hour of passionate interviews with writers and producers Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja who talk about their admiration for Harry Dean Stanton, how the script came about, and a lot more, an interview with director John Carroll Lynch on how he got involved with the project, and a behind the scenes look at Harry Dean Stanton’s final take on the film.

December 18, 2017 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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