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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

directed by Charles Burnett
USA 1990

When Harry comes to town, he brings good times, bad times... And a lot of trouble!


  Paul Butler plays Gideon who is has retired and lives comfortably in a Los Angeles suburb with his family close by. He remembers the old-style traditions and his deep south roots which helped form his value system. He raises chickens in the back yard and goes to church regularly with his devout wife. He fears the recent loss of an old charm will affect his family and current lifestyle.
Old friend Harry Mention (Danny Glover) comes to town and stays with Gideon. Trouble seems to follow Harry and his indirect meddling starts to initiate big problems. With no explanation Gideon falls terribly ill from a stroke unable to move or communicate. More family trouble ensues as one of his sons finds his marriage slowly dissolving. With a shamefully joyous ending the old charm reappears to play a big part in the violent turn of circumstances. Director Burnett shows a simple family oriented existence with consistent camera movement and a playful and subtle narrative. Overall a very nice film and worthwhile viewing experience. out of  


Theatrical Release: January 1990 - US Film Festival

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DVD Review: BFI -  Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 1:37:39 (4% PAL speedup) 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video 

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Sleeve notes by Tom Milne
• Charles Burnett Bio (slideshow screens)

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2004

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 18





Good transfer with only a few moments in the very beginning showing some damage and dust. No subtitles, which would have helped translation of some of the quick dialogue (southern and slang). True colors, bright - looks almost as if shot in digital (although not probable for 1990). Some exterior shots look overexposed, but that is the way the film was shot. Slightly dark interior lighting - again as the film was made. Light on Extras with a Burnett bio and a page of sleeve notes. Nice to see BFI bring this to DVD. I think BFI might do the best menus around these days. out of  

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