This "Director's Choice" from Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures features two films by Peter Bogdonovich: the Director's Cut his now classic drama "The Last Picture Show" from 1971 (which always good to have and which Sal Mineo first brought to his attention as a film property) and also two versions of his 1976 "Nickelodeon," something Bogdonovich was to capitalize on in his rocky career, valentines to other people's films, which even "Last Picture Show" shares in. The two versions are the original theatrical version in color and the new director's cut in black and white, something in the commentary he says he originally hoped the film could be done in. "Nickelodeon" strives to present the early days of silent film-making in the same slapstick that was usually presented in such films with clips from "Birth of a Nation" in its obligatory homage to Griffith. It deserves its black and white transfer. In "Nickelodeon"" Bogdonovich does not leave himself out of the loop of the many directors he presents anecdotes (like Leo McCarey because he was dead remained uncredited unlike then still living directors, Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan) with taking parts of more successful Bogdonovich hits like "What's Up, Doc?" and "Paper Moon" and in the commentary laments not being able to use Cybil Shepherd in the main female role opposite the often used Ryan O'Neal and Burt Reynolds (who with Shepherd had starred in the director's previous big flop musical "At Long Last Love" which remains unavailable on home video) and also Tatum O'Neal, John Ritter, Stella Stevens and Brian Keith. An inexperienced actress, Jane Hitchcock played the main female lead and she does it haltingly and only adds to the cardboard, manufactured performances in an endless array of anticipated slapstick that never tells a moral of any kind, either in what was re-added to film for the director's cut that makes more sense of the film as the film has no real life to it. But it has a great professionalism that is always present in his films, and relegates his failures as a step above many other directors. In the commentary, Bogdonovich says that his next two films after "Nickelodeon": "Saint Jack" and the disastrous "They All Laughed" were two of his best, I wonder if he would now take credit for his first in 1968 then as Derek Thomas, "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" before his triumphant "debut" under his own name with his brilliant Hitchcock homage "Targets" (also in 1968).