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directed by Todd Field
USA 2001

Holding up a lobster, "You get two of these in the same bedroom (trap) and your gonna have a problem...


" A story about an exceedingly normal upper-middle class family in a small fishing village in Maine. The father is a doctor who has repressed his emotions all of his life, and the mother is a caring responsible citizen and teacher. Their son is attracted to, and dating, an older woman with two children. She is attempting to maintain distance from her violent ex-husband. A simple story with honest overtones.


Filmed almost exclusively with no panning shots and a static camera, director Todd Field has been able to crawl inside our psyche, under our thickest layer of compassion, and burrow his story deeply in our sense of justice and vengeance. This film creeps up on you with such stealth, you almost feel detached from your life and part of the onscreen characters activities. You find yourself constantly questioning behavior in their circumstances. Many characters are slightly flawed only helping to adhere to the truthful atmosphere of the film. The acting is magnificent on all fronts and the story even better. Even though this film won countless awards and accolades it only adds to my disbelief on how more people are not aware of it. This is as close to a masterpiece as I have seen in few years.  out of ."

Gary Tooze


Theatrical release: January 19th 2001 (Sundance Film Festival)

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Alliance Atlantis / Miramax  Region 1 DVD

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Distribution Alliance Atlantis  Region 1 - NTSC ( NOTE: Same version available in US under Buena Vista )
Region 1 -NTSC
Runtime 2:10:52  
Video 2.35:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: Criterion 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English ( for the hearing impaired) , Spanish, French, none.
Features Release Information:
Alliance Atlantis

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1


Sneak Peaks (Trailers):

  • Baran ( Pan and Scan ) - 1:35
  • Behind the Sun (Pan and Scan ) - 1:36
  • Italian for Beginners (Pan and Scan ) - 1:43
  • Gangs of New York ( Pan and Scan ) - 2:35
  • Full Frontal ( Pan and Scan ) - 1:18

DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Chapters: 17

Comments: Glorious! Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is very good. The anamorphic transfer here is nothing short of wonderful. Colors are bright and vibrant, black levels are solid, and contrast is strong. There is a surprisingly ample amount of detail here, and the gorgeous daylight exteriors boast a shiny, sharp, three-dimensional appearance. There are no examples of compression artifacting or edge enhancement, so bravo! Beautiful.

Short on Extras including only 5 Trailers, but I was satisfied by this polarizing film so as not to want more. A Field commentary would have been spot-on.out of

 Gary Tooze

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Distribution Alliance Atlantis  Region 1 - NTSC ( NOTE: Same version available in US under Buena Vista )
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