Paralyzed by postgraduation ennui, a group of college friends remain on campus, patching together a community for themselves in order to deny the real-world futures awaiting them. Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach’s hilarious and touching directorial debut was one of the highlights of the American independent film scene of the nineties, speaking directly to a generation of adults-to-be unable to reconcile their hermetic educational experience with workaday responsibility, and posing the eternal question, where do we go from here? Stingingly funny and incisive, Baumbach’s breakthrough features endlessly quotable dialogue, delivered by a stellar ensemble cast.
Theatrical Release: October 4th, 1995
DVD Review: Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Criterion Collection - Spine # 249 - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by
director Noah Baumbach
The director approved image looks quite marvelous. Progressive, anamorphic and tight to the frame edges. Very dark in spots (as intended), sharp with passive, yet highly visible, colors. Contrast is excellent - optional English subtitles are offered. The extras are great for inducing further appreciation of the film. Baumbach's talks succinctly in the interviews and conversation. There are deleted scenes and a similar veined short. Jonathan Rosenbaum's liner notes are fluid, detailed and at his usual level of cohesive interpretation. Overall, nothing falls short with only a commentary wanting.
The film has the same stylish wit as Baumbach's more mature The Squid and the Whale also exposing some of the ironies of academia. Humorous, yes... but as the same time painful truths rise to the surface. Criterion have done their standard stupendous digital treatment with extensive supplements. A hard package to reject if you have even remote interest in the film.