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USA 1980

 

  Indie godfather John Cassavetes transforms Gena Rowlands into his own little Pam Grier in this oddly sweet-and-sour, PG-rated mob melodrama with, naturally, a cute orphan kid. The ingredients ensure that the overall mixture is far from colloidal, but Gloria's most salient feature is Rowlands' extraordinarily well-rounded embodiment of the titular role: an extremely classy ex-mob dame with a hair-trigger temper and a tongue of fire. When Mafia accountant Jack Dawn (Buck Henry) accidentally lets it slip to his bosses that he's been jotting all their dirty little secrets in a little black book, they come by and waste him and his surrogate family, but not before he drops off the little moppet Phil with Gloria Swenson. Whether she's lackadaisically serving Phil milk or fending off his incessant (and creepy) suggestions that she's both his mother as well as his girlfriend, Rowlands fills her somewhat sketchy role with blowsy good humor and an honest sense of hollowed-out emotional vacancy that the film around her doesn't quite merit. It's no surprise that her supporting cast pales in comparison to her, with the possible exception of a string of NYC taxi cab driver archetypes (one looks and sounds eerily like Pat Ast of Paul Morrissey's Heat).

Excerpt from Eric Henderson's review at slant magazine located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 1st, 1980

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Home Video - Region 1, 3, 4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:54:48 
Video 1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Korean, None
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Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.81:1

Edition Details:

• Trailers of 'Little Nikita' and 'The Odessa File'
• one-page liner notes with photo artwork

DVD Release Date: February 25th, 2003

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Nothing exceptional about this transfer - it is competent, looks a little glossy, no digital manipulations - the darks are as Cass intended - VERY dark. The frame has a slim black border around it, limiting horizontal resolution, but the image is anamorphic and progressive. There are no real extras, but at least it is available as this is the type of film that might have been buried except for some very infrequent television viewing. The region coding has it set for additional marketing in Korea (R3 NTSC) and South America (R4 NTSC).

Gary W. Tooze

 





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