Monday DVD And Blu-ray Review – Jackie Chan (In General, I Suppose), Weekend And Love On A Pillow

Here’s Monday’s DVD and Blu-ray review from Glide FM, with some apologies for the delay in getting it online. As well as discussing Jackie Chan’s so-called 100th film, 1911 Revolution, and having to make a sweeping statement about his wonderful career in general, I somehow also make a half-applicable comparison between Weekend and Love on a Pillow. They’re both about the affairs following unexpected meetings, so I’ve got some grounds for it.


Things I wish I’d said:

  • Bey Logan’s commentary track on 1911 Revolution is very good indeed and, I’d say, worth your precious listening time. He’s got a wealth of info on the cast, a good bit on the crew and does a fantastic job of putting this particular portrayal of Chinese history into context of other period pictures from the country.
  • Logan also has a lot of info on what was cut from the film to make it the picture that the Chinese authorities would sanction. The absent material sounds significant, and I was left very disappointed that we can’t see the original version.
  • Weekend has a rather unassuming style, and the amount of grand “plot beats” is kept to minimum. It’s a very intimate film, in most respects.
  • That Weekend isn’t Andrew Haigh’s debut, but it is the first of his films to be made widely available. It won’t be the last.
  • With less natural performances it would probably have crumbled. As it is, we end up with a pretty slight but honest and open portrayal of a very real-seeming relationship.
  • On the other hand, Love on a Pillow is stylised to a very large degree, as you might expect from Roger Vadim. For example, there are a few shots from inside a fireplace, looking out through the flames.
  • Vadim was working with Brigitte Bardot again for Love on a Pillow, some years after their sensationally popular And God Created Woman. They had been married but were divorced by the time they made Pillow.
  • It was adapted from a novel at a time that literature was more open about (some?) sexual issues so it can’t quite focus on the crux of the matter as much as the original, which is: the lead character stays with her rather scary man because he gives her the orgasms no other man has. You can read this between the lines, but it’s not as in-focus as you’d find in a contemporary film.

Obviously, there’s a lot more to say about each of those films, but those are the points I thought I’d get around to during the on-air piece and didn’t.

All three are available in the UK now. 1911 Revolution and Weekend are available on DVD and Blu-ray while Love on a Pillow is only available on DVD.