America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

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A Safe PlaceDrive, He SaidEasy RiderFive Easy PiecesHeadThe King of Marvin GardensThe Last Picture Show
Sony Pictures Home EntertainmentRhino Entertainment Company
Like the rest of America, Hollywood was ripe for revolution in the late sixties. Cinema attendance was down; what had once worked seemed broken. Enter Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, who knew that what Hollywood needed was new audiences—namely, young people—and that meant cultivating new talent and new ideas. Fueled by money from their invention of the superstar TV pop group the Monkees, they set off on a film-industry journey that would lead them to form BBS Productions, a company that was also a community. The innovative films produced by this team between 1968 and 1972 are collected in this box set—works that now range from the iconic (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show) to the acclaimed (The King of Marvin Gardens) to the obscure (Head; Drive, He Said; A Safe Place), all created within the studio system but lifted right out of the countercultural id.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic) , 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround , English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround , English 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 8 Discs |  DVD-9

Details by Film


  • Audio commentary featuring actor-writer-director Dennis Hopper
  • Audio commentary from 1995, featuring Dennis Hopper, actor-writer Peter Fonda, and production manager Paul Lewis
  • Born to Be Wild (1995) and “Easy Rider”: Shaking the Cage (1999), documentaries about the making and history of the film
  • Television excerpts showing Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969
  • Interview with BBS Productions cofounder Steve Blauner
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Audio commentary featuring the Monkees
  • New video interview with director Bob Rafelson
  • New documentary about BBS featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley
  • Screen tests with the Monkees
  • Trailers
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • Ephemera, including behind-the-scenes photos by Henry Diltz
  • Rare 1968 television interview with the Monkees
  • Audio commentary by director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Tony Rafelson
  • Soul Searching in “Five Easy Pieces,” a 2009 video piece featuring Bob Rafelson
  • BBStory, a 2009 documentary about the legendary film company BBS Productions, with Bob Rafelson; actors Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, and Ellen Burstyn; filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich and Henry Jaglom; and others
  • Audio excerpts from a 1976 AFI interview with Bob Rafelson
  • Trailers and teasers
  • A Cautionary Tale of Campus Revolution and Sexual Freedom, a 2009 video piece featuring Jack Nicholson
  • Theatrical trailer for Drive, He Said
  • Audio commentary featuring director Henry Jaglom
  • Henry Jaglom Finds “A Safe Place,” a 2009 video piece in which the director discusses the film
  • Notes on the New York Film Festival, a 1971 video interview with Henry Jaglom and director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Outtakes and screen tests
  • Theatrical trailer for A Safe Place
  • Audio commentary from 1991, featuring Peter Bogdanovich and actors Cybil Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Peter Bogdanovich
  • “The Last Picture Show”: A Look Back, (1999) and Picture This (1990), documentaries about the making of the film
  • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, a 2009 Q&A
  • Screen tests and location footage
  • Excerpts from a 1972 television interview with director François Truffaut about the New Hollywood
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson
  • Reflections of a Philosopher King, a 2009 video piece with Bob Rafelson and actress Ellen Burstyn
  • Afterthoughts, a 2002 interview with Bob Rafelson, about the film, produced by Rafelson, Kovács, and actor Bruce Dern
  • Theatrical trailer

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A Safe Place
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The Last Picture Show

Release Credits

Producer: Kim Hendrickson
Producer: Susan Arosteguy
Producer: Karen Stetler
Artwork: F. Ron Miller
Artwork: Fred Davis
Producer: Heather Shaw
Artwork: Peter Grant

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