It's hard not to enjoy Taylor in what I like to call her shrewish sixties. She began it with startling intensity in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? - a milestone - but carried it on with complete humor and control in a variety of films that just weren't appreciated enough: SECRET CEREMONY, BOOM, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, HAMMERSMITH IS OUT and this little gem, X,Y AND ZEE. These all contain mean-spirited performances - many with her favorite hubby, Richard Burton - and can be decidedly called extensions of her own overpowering personality, albeit some rather unwholesome ones.
X Y AND ZEE is pure 60's trash cinema, but I say that with the kind of affection I reserve for sensational pictures like FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL! KILL!, WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, AN AMERICAN DREAM, THE CHAPMAN REPORT, A RAGE TO LIVE, THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED - etc. etc. - where some really good actresses really get to chew up the scenery. Liz was the reigning champion, and an icon for bitches everywhere.
The dvd is a colorful, anamorphic presentation (1:85 to 1) looking faithful to the original US theatrical prints. Nice.