I'm stretching for titles for these, aren't I? Here we have three additional used VHS tapes of some under-the-radar classics. First up is the NC-17 version of Peter Greenaway's stunning "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover", in a clamshell Collector's Edition. Even the DVD is out of print, so getting your hands on a physical copy of this is getting more and more difficult. It tells the tale of a boorish restaurant patron who controls all those around him, especially his wife. But when she sets eyes on a meek bookworm who also frequents the same establishment, it sets into motion a doomed love affair, and one of the most astonishing finales in cinematic history. Next up is Ken Russell's "The Music Lovers", his controversial adaptation of Tchaikovsky's life, with a focus on his homosexuality. Revered and despised in equal parts, it's nevertheless a film you won't soon forget. Lastly, we have Wayne Wang's underseen turn-of-the-century drama "The Center of the World", featuring Molly Parker and Peter Sarsgaard as two people who shack up together in a hotel room, under the strict rule that there can be no penetration. More dialogue-heavy than "action heavy", those seeking a softcore production should look elsewhere (like I was hoping for when I bought this fifteen years ago). But those interested in "cerebral porn" should get their fix. Note that this is the unrated, and uncut version--it was also a former rental, though it plays just fine.
Here are three controversial films just waiting for their chance to divide another generation of filmgoer!