Boom! (1968) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Joseph Losey
STARRING: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward
RATED: PG/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Shout Select
Cinema icons (and twice-married couple) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton light up the screen in what acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) described as the best film adaptation of his work he’d ever seen. Sissy Goforth (Taylor), the world’s richest woman, has retired to her lavish island estate to dictate her memoirs. Her reclusive lifestyle is thrown into upheaval when roguish poet Chris Flanders (Burton) washes up on her beach. With the mysterious habit of calling upon a lady one step before the undertaker, Flanders has become known as “The Angel Of Death” — but an undaunted Goforth opts to tempt fate when she chooses to take Flanders as her next — and last — lover.
The plot for Boom! sees the character of Flora ‘Sissy’ Goforth (Taylor who was probably younger than the intention of the role) is a woman who is always used to getting what she wants, but sadly she is about to die. She lives in a large mansion on a secluded island and answers to basically nobody. Enter the man of the film, Christopher Flanders, nicknamed “Angelo Del Morte” aka The Angel of Death. As you can guess these two clashes as well as go off into a bit of an affair and the dynamic of the two is really what pushes this one where it ends up, even if I can’t really call it my kind of movie. I’m assuming the fact that Taylor and Burton were married (more than once) only helps play into the roles they have here and is what makes their performances as good as they are, even if the plot of the film feels probably more Italian than it actually is.
Upon the original release of this one, it wasn’t meet with much fanfare and I think the hate it gets is a bit uncalled for. If anyone actually takes the time to watch it, I think you will be able to appreciate the acting and the plot. I’m not much for the types of movies that this one is, but even I can admit when something is interesting and well enough made regardless. If you’ve read old bad reviews for this one, then I advise you to take a shot on this one yourself. This was a movie that was once available on a Universal Vault series, so I’m happy to see it making the jump to HD with the Shout Select line. It doesn’t have the most extras you’ll ever find on a release, but it does pack a cool commentary with John Waters which might be good enough for most.
– NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker John Waters
– NEW “The Sound Of A Bomb: Contextualizing Boom!” With Film Critic/Author Alonso Duralde
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Vintage Photo Galleries
Quality of Transfer: 92%