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Directed by Todd Haynes
USA 1993

 

Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions.

Theatrical Release: October 5th, 1993

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DVD Review: Zeitgeist Films - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Zeitgeist Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime :29:41 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.85 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, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Zeitgeist Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Todd Haynes

• He Was Once (short - 16:08)
• Photo Gallery 


DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2004

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

This DVD has a pretty defined audience - most likely those who appreciate the, frequently impressive, filmmaker Todd Haynes. It's a 1/2 short from him, with optional commentary, and a 1/4 hour short starring him. Also there is appeal for... the curious.

The DVD is, understandably, single-layered... but unfortunately the transfer is interlaced (see last capture). Otherwise it has a high bitrate and is probably a reasonable replication of the original TV airing. I see it is available as part of a package with Haynes' Poison in PAL HERE. If there was another NTSC DVD version - we might pursue it presuming it was progressive. Because of the limited content - I'm not overly concerned with the a/v. It does offer optional English subtitles and the disc is region 1 coded.

Both shorts are very interesting but nothing along the lines of the director's feature work. The commentary really adds value on "Dottie". I'd say "He Was Once" was an excellent choice to add here although the audio has a few crackles. But a very creative and observant effort by Mary Hestand.

This seems unlikely to come to Blu-ray (but we can hope for a full Todd Haynes 1080P package one day - including "Superstar".) And the value lies in the desires of completists for the filmmaker and those keen on his interesting commentary. Others should pass. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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