How the World Ends
Writer/director Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales” looks at the collision of the forces of totalitarianism and anarchism against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, near-future world . Set in Los Angeles in 2008, the city is on the brink of social, economic and environmental chaos. The characters include an amnesia-stricken action star (Dwayne Johnson), an adult film star developing her own reality TV project (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and a police officer whose identity has split in two (Seann William Scott). They come together and intertwine with all humanity. Kelly gives us a movie that is a mind-melting multi-media experience. We have a universe to get lost in.
The film opens with a nuclear blast in Texas in an alternate-universe in 2005. It seems that the United States responded to a nuclear attack on that date by taking a fierce rightward turn. This was World War III and it brought pain to Iran, North Korea, and other supporters of evil including an entity called US-IDENT that spies on the American population and totally polices the world-wide internet.
A revolutionary group known as the neo-Marxists (Amy Poehler, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri) has brainwashed the Iraq War veteran played (Scott) as a way of faking a Rodney King-like videotape that exposed police brutality in hopes of instigating a revolt against the new social order.
Meanwhile, the amnesiac action star with ties to the Republican has written “a screenplay that predicts the destruction but it is ignored. His girlfriend, a porn-star/current-events-chat-show-host and one-woman media empire works with him. “Southland Tales” isa pop art look at a coming apocalypse and a dark sci-fi comedy filed with surrealism. It is both courageous and audacious as we visit a world we do not know but might expect. It is also a mess of non-continuity. Watching it is like being in the dream of someone else.
2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
New 2K restoration by Arrow Films, approved by director Richard Kelly and director of photography Steven Poster
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of both versions of the film: the 145-minute theatrical cut and the 160-minute Cannes cut , which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006
Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary on the theatrical cut by Richard Kelly
It’s a Madcap World: The Making of an Unfinished Film, a new in-depth retrospective documentary on the film, featuring contributions by Richard Kelly and members of the original crew
USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland, an archival featurette on the making of the film, featuring interviews with the cast and crew
This is the Way the World Ends, an archival animated short set in the Southland Tales universe
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey
Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Peter Tonguette and Simon Ward