Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Living End Lives Again: Gregg Araki's Sexy and Angry AIDS Road Movie Hits DVD in a Revamped New Edition

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Living End Lives Again: Gregg Araki's Sexy and Angry AIDS Road Movie Hits DVD in a Revamped New Edition

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"Young people today can't even imagine what it was like to be gay in the late '80s and early '90s, when people were dying every day all around you and it felt like a war zone," recalls writer-director Gregg Araki, whose break through movie The Living End remains one of the smartest and sexiest documents of the early years of the AIDS pandemic.

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Of all the movies considered part of the New Queer Cinema movement, The Living End most directly and angrily confronted the impact of that era on queer people, but it eschewed preaching and sentimentality for hot HIV-positive guys on the lam (Craig Gilmore and Mike Dytri)--with plenty of sex, anarchy, and guns, set to a dark and driving post-punk soundtrack.

That soundtrack has never sounded better, and Araki's 16-mm cinematography has never looked clearer than on The Living End: Remixed and Remastered, coming to DVD April 29 (Strand Releasing Home Video, $27.99). After working similar magic on the audio and picture of his Totally F***ed Up, Araki and the folks from Strand have souped up his early masterpiece at a cost exceeding the initial budget for the film. New details abound, from more audible dialogue to little visual details like the 45 of the theme to pioneering Hollywood gay film Making Love (pretty much The Living End's polar opposite) on display in a character's room. …

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