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Directed by Damien Chazelle
USA 2009

 

A full-fledged song-and-dance, tap-and-jazz musical, Damien Chazelle’s GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH boldly recasts the 1940’s MGM musical tradition in a gritty, vérité style, resulting in an exuberant celebration of romance and music, and one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year.

Guy and Madeline have been dating for three months, but the excitement of first love has faded. When another woman catches Guy’s eye, sparks fly—spelling the end of Guy and Madeline’s romance. But when things don’t work out quite as planned, Guy must decide whether to try to win Madeline back—even if it may be too late. Their story unfolds in a world of jazz and tap, featuring original music composed by Justin Hurwitz and recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.

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Theatrical Release: April 23rd, 2009 - Tribeca Film Festival

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DVD Review: Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:22:48 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 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 None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Cinema Guild

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
• 13 Deleted Scenes (27:17)
• On the Set Featurette (19:31)
• Song Writing Featurette (7:32)

• Theatrical trailer (1:24)

DVD Release Date: May 3rd, 2011

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Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

Full marks here for creativity with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench and the experiment worked like a charm on this lab rat. I loved the look and the style and the grain... and the music. VERY cool!

The image is... as the image is - I think it looks great - hand held camera modulations - vérité in its 1.33 and black and white image with rich texture. The Cinema Guild transfer is dual-layered and the appearance is consistent and clean - probably as good as it can look in the SD format. Audio is an unremarkable 2.0 channel but the music and, occasionally scattered dialogue, supported the presentation well enough. There are no subtitles offered.

Lotta supplements starting with an audio commentary by director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. It's nice to hear passionate filmmakers that have a lot to impart about their project. I don't know that it bolstered or hindered my appreciation for Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench but I fell into a nice trance while listening and rewatching the images. There are whopping 13 Deleted Scenes running just shy of 1/2 an hour, a scrambled On the Set 'Making of...' featurette for 20minutes and a Song Writing piece for 7.5 as well as a trailer.

I tell you what - give this a chance if you think you might be into this attempt. It succeeds on many fronts and is a colossally good mood setter. Depending on your exposure a rush of arthouse and older musical films may flood your brain while viewing - or you may just get-off on the scenario. All good. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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