Written by: Carroll Jenkins on October 8th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1972
Director: Stan Dragoti
Writers: Stan Dragoti, Charles Moss
Cast: Michael J. Pollard, Richard Evans, Lee Purcell, Charles Aidman, Dran Hamilton, Willard Sage, Gary Busey, Dick Van Patten
DVD released: April 27th, 2011
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Sony Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Street punk William McCarty is relocated from NYC to a farm outside Coffeyville, Kansas. After the farming life proves to be too much work he flees to the tiny town and takes up residence in the local saloon. Gradually we witness his metamorphosis from a boy into ‘Billy The Kid’.
This Columbia MOD disc looks very nice and clear, and appears to be newly remastered, though there is lots of dirt (just kidding!). Colors aren’t particularly bright, but they weren’t meant to be. Sound is good, but why can’t they furnish subtitles? The extra is the theatrical trailer which is somewhat softer than the feature. No chapter selection menu, but there are 11 stops.
The end product is a meandering, claustrophobic, and bleak revisionist western as seen through bloodshot eyes. It seems slower than it actually is due to lack of a distinct story arc, but be assured that sleaze and violence and black humor are here in [the ace of] spades.
Note: had a problem with the screen caps on this DVD-R disc, so these shots are sourced from http://mykindofstory.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/dirty-little-billy-and-sonys-dvd/. Lots more pics and and an in-depth review there, as well.