directed by Rob Epstein + Jeffrey Friedman
USA 19


Following the devastating and powerful "The Times of Harvey Milk", director Rob Epstein partnered with Jeffrey Friedman to create another Oscar-winning documentary . We only get a glimpse of stories like Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic athlete and organizer of the Gay Games,  or 11 years old hemophiliac David Mandell, Jr or gay activist Vito Russo. But the frustrations that are detailed by the film are only equaled by the heartwarming stories narrated by Dustin Hoffmann. The quilt (if you didn't already know), is pieced together as a representation of all the tragic losses the disease of AIDS has taken from society. The quilt itself is an poignant choice of title, being such a visible tool of narration. One cannot help but grieve and become sympathetic by listening to the un-doctored footage. A hard film to rate, and a difficult subject matter to contemplate over, but utterly essential.   out of  

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: August 1989 - HBO

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:19:24
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.16 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) + Commentary - English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
• "Then & Now" a new short film by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
• Photo gallery
• Vito Russo's 'ACT UP' speech
• New Yorker Trailers

DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004

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Chapters: 16





Telling Pictures and New Yorker Films have released DVD edition of Rob Epstein's documentary in conjunction with two of his other films. 

Excellent dual layered DVD from New Yorker. The image is as good as can be expected for a TV (HBO) documentary with extensive archival and news footage. Colors are somewhat saturated  and some of the 'live' footage is damaged slightly but it has no effect on viewing enjoyment. Audio is clear. I would have preferred subtitles as an option to translate some background dialogue. The Extras are wonderful, with commentary and short films. This is a prized DVD. I urge you to purchase it.    out of

Gary W. Tooze



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