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The Henry Jaglom Collection - Volume 3

Eating (1999)                       Babyfever (1994)

Going Shopping (2005)                     Irene in Time (2009)

From legendary maverick filmmaker Henry Jaglom comes Henry Jaglom Collection vol. 3: The Women's Quartet. Jaglom, one of the most prolific directors working today, has assembled four of his classic comedies starring some of the most talented actresses working today: Tanna Frederick, Frances Fisher, Mary Crosby, Victoria Foyt, Mae Whitman, Victoria Tennant and Lee Grant. The box set includes Eating (1990), Babyfever (1994), Going Shopping (2007), and Irene In Time (2009).

 

directed by Henry Jaglom
USA 1990

 

Dated in contemporary terms, EATING was an early film to discuss eating disorders among women, a subject which would quickly find its way to television movies of the week and show subplots. A group of female family, friends, and friends of friends on the joint birthday celebration of forty-year-old middle-class housewife Helene (Lisa Richards, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT), thirty-year-old Kate (Mary Crosby, TV's DALLAS) – married by uncertain about whether she is actually happy – and fifty-year-old Hollywood agent Sadie (Marlena Giovi, I DON'T BUY KISSES ANYMORE) who does not want her daughter to go into acting (and does not realize that one of her clients at the party is planning to leave her for someone younger and more aggressive). Also in attendance – inspiring much envy and contempt with her topless sunbathing – is Martine (Nelly Alard, L'APPARTEMENT), with whose parents Helene and her husband stayed with on their honeymoon in France, who is making a documentary for French television as a way of exploring her own relationship with food; and the documentary filmmaking scenes provide more commentary from the women who alternately see food as a replacement for love (and sex) or a means of controlling their bodies (or being controlled). As the evening wears on, Helene's self-doubt about her relationship with her husband takes a back seat to testimonials showing how attitudes towards food are developed out of good and bad (sometimes devastating) experiences. The tragic Gwen Welles (CALIFORNIA SPLIT) plays a variation of the trouble-making, self-loathing she essayed in Jaglom's NEW YEAR'S DAY), and her final scene with Crosby has the kind of intensity one wishes was present in the rest of the film. Frances Bergen (THE STAR CHAMBER) gives a touching performance as Helene's mother (probably the most relatable character to male viewers with her incredulous reactions to some of the other womens' fixations on food), and the large supporting cast includes an appearance Toni Basil (GREASER'S PALACE) as one of Sadie's clients (although not as herself), and Beth Grant (THE ARTIST) plays one of Helene's particularly guilt-ridden guests.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 30 November 1990 (USA)

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:48
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.21 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom
• EPK Clips (4:3; 2:53)
• The Cast on the Phil Donahue Show (4:3; 43:59)
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:42)
• Henry Jaglom Trailer Reel

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Previously released by New Video in a fullscreen version in 2004, the film received an HD remaster in 2011 and this progressive, anamorphic widescreen transfer is what has been carried over to this boxed set. Carried over from the old DVD is the Jaglom commentary in which he starts out discussing why he has decided to focus on women in his films (and here how women relate to food, "the last secret of women") and his working methods (here starting with attending support groups and conducting interviews), as well as shooting anecdotes. New to the release widescreen release are clips from the electronic press kit as well as the entire Phil Donahue talk show episode (minus commercials) with the main cast members. The disc also includes the trailer and trailers for pretty much every other Jaglom film.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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directed by Victoria Foyt, Henry Jaglom
USA 1994

 

While EATING may have felt fresh at the time (1990) for discussing eating disorders among women, BABYFEVER feels rather outdated since the "biological clock" and the relation of motherhood to the perfection and self-perception of a woman's self-worth has long been a subject of film and TV (in both dramatic and comic genres). Commitment-phobic career woman Gena (Jaglom's second wife Victoria Foyt) has always thought marriage and childbirth would just come naturally. She starts to panic, however, after a night of unprotected sex with her safe (i.e. boring) boyfriend James (Matt Salinger, CAPTAIN AMERICA) has her thinking she may be pregnant. She becomes even more uneasy after a visit from estranged movie star ex-boyfriend Anthony (Eric Roberts, RUNAWAY TRAIN) in which he tells her that he wants to have a baby with her. She slowly starts to unravel at the baby shower of co-worker Diane (Jackie Moen, CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH II: SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN) at the Malibu beach house of her friend Milly (Elaine Kagan, GOODFELLAS) where she is exposed to a diversity of women's attitudes - from blindly optimistic to dispiriting - on having children as it relates to love and their sense of self-worth. More of these perspectives are revealed to the audience via talking heads from a video of the baby shower commissioned by Milly's husband Mark (Zack Norman, Jaglom's SITTING DUCKS) who wants the video to double as a tour of the house since his business' cash flow problem has him appraising the house (Milly's artwork and her mother's jewelry) and planning to dismiss Diane after the party. Frances Fisher (THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG appears as one of the baby shower guests.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 4 May 1994 (USA)

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:56
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.74 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Henry Jaglom (4:3; 1:04)
• Filmographies
• Trailer (4:3; 2:25)
• Trailers:
• 'Always'
• 'Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?'
• 'Sitting Ducks'
• 'Venice/Venice'

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 24

 

Comments

Although the back cover states "16 x 9 widescreen" in the box of feature specs (and 1.85:1 letterbox at the bottom of the cover next to the copyright), Breaking Glass' disc is is a direct port of Wellspring's 2004 fullscreen DVD - previously ported by Jaglom's own company Rainbow Releasing - logos, menus, extras and all. The transfer shows its age and it doesn't zoom in well to 16:9 suggesting that the fullscreen image was slightly enlarged for readability. Reel change marks are evident at all of the changeover points. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track is fine (it's mainly dialogue with only a few musical interludes).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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directed by Henry Jaglom
USA 2005

 

A less shrill Foyt returns in GOING SHOPPING as Holly Gillmore, the proprietor of chic clothing shop "Holly G" which is gearing up for its Mother's Day sale. The store's website going down the day before the weekend sale is just the start of things as Holly discovers that her landlord (Pamela Bellwood, HANGAR 18) is under the impression that it is a closing sale since the rent on the shop has not been paid in three months. Confronting her husband Adam (Bruce Davison, COFFIN), she learns that they are having a temporary "cash flow problem". Faced with the loss of her shop, Holly moves the sale up a day and calls up all of her old customers. She gets tangled up with a loan shark (FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH'sRobert Romanus, brother of Richard Romanus who appeared in Jaglom's SITTING DUCKS) friend of her mother Winnie's (Lee Grant, THE MAFU CAGE) boyfriend, borrowing less than she needs when she fails to take into account the loan shark's and her mother's boyfriend's cuts of the amount and the usurious compound interest.

The film is the only one of the four in the set that comes closest to being a comedy – as it is cited in references – perhaps because Southern California middle and upper class women are the probably not going to garner the most sympathy in an exploration of the devastating effects of shopping addictions. It might have been funnier and far more pointed had the film depicted Holly exploiting what she knows of her customer's shopping habits (in fact, the script seems rather uncritical of Holly as if we are supposed to sympathize with her histrionics and blame her husband for her dependence on him and total ignorance of their financial situation including her own business). The talking heads are not integrated into the story via any specific device like the documentary project of EATING or the baby shower video of BABYFEVER, so the film also takes on more of a mock-umentary style that doesn't quite gel with the loose narrative. Rob Morrow (TV's NORTHERN EXPOSURE) plays a furniture designer who meets cute with Holly while shopping for his girlfriend (Jennifer Grant, daughter of Cary), and a young Mae Whitman (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER) plays Holly's daughter Coco who wants to get a belly ring and balks at the idea of living above the store.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 30 September 2005 (USA)

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:46:20
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.4 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
•  Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom and actress Victoria Foyt
• IFILM@IFC: Henry Jaglom and Shopping (4:3; 9:07)
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:31)
• Biographies
• Trailers:
• - 'Apartment 12'
• - 'Dog Gone Love'
• - 'Chasing Destiny'
• - 'Pursuit of Happiness'

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Once again, the back cover states that the film is in "16 x 9 widescreen format" but it's actually an interlaced non-anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer. In fact, the disc is a direct port of the 2005 MTI Home Video release, which Jaglom's Rainbow company previously ported over for a 2007 edition.

The disc includes an easygoing though sometimes adversarial commentary with Jaglom and Foyt, who identify many of the talking head actors, their excitement at working with some of the actors (and how they got them to work on the film), transforming their house into a boutique, cut scenes, and mining a superficial subject for human emotions. The IFILM segment on the film - titled SHOPPING here - and Jaglom's focus on women's stories and the role of shopping in women's identities, and also includes Foyt's - as co-writer - opinions on the subject, and Grant and Morrow on the film's heavy use of improvisation. The behind the scenes video segments also include some of Jaglom's prompting for the talking head responses in the film. The disc also includes trailers for MTI titles (which are not owned by Breaking Glass or Rainbow).

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directed by Henry Jaglom
USA 2009

 

Henry Jaglom's IRENE IN TIME examines the ways that complex relationships between fathers and daughters can color or damage women's subsequent relationships with men; but it is unclear if it's supposed to be a tragic psychological portrait under the guise of a sometimes treacly chick flick (in fact, the film bears some uncomfortable superficial similarities to THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA - minus the sailors knots bondage and castration murders - including an ambiguous ending in which the heroine may have ultimately succumbed to delusion). Singer Irene Jensen (Tanna Frederick, HOLLYWOOD DREAMS) is afraid she'll never meet a man who makes her feel as special as her long dead father). Her identity is so wrapped up in her memories of her father that she alienates her dates (it doesn't help that she reads dating books that encourage her to be coy and girlish, and the one guy weirder than her is the high school friend [Rob Mathes] who shows up out of the blue and proposes to her on a date), dredges up her friends' memories of their more traumatic paternal relationships and also even enables the bad habits of her father's friends including THE SOPRANO's David Proval as the medication-stealing father of her lesbian best friend Jo Jo (Kelly De Sarla, Jaglom's QUEEN OF THE LOT). When her mother (Victoria Tennant, K.A. STORY) decides to sell their house - won by her father in a mysterious bet - Irene discovers a series of clues her father left for her before his death in a sailing accident she believes is leading her towards the man of her dreams (Lanre Idewu, THE DIVIDED) but they may actually shatter her image of father (which may or may not be a bad thing). Frederick is sometimes off-puttingly precious here (which worked well with her whimsical yet insecure escapist actress character in Jaglom's JUST 45MINUTES FROM BROADWAY), but the Tennant (reserved by less frosty than her bad mother in FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC) and a welcome appearance from Andrea Marcovicci (THE STUFF) lend the film its heart with their characters' more mature perspectives on love and marriage. Composer Harriet Schock ("Hollywood Town") provides the soundtrack and appears onscreen as another vocalist during Irene's recording scenes, and the cast also features Zack Norman (Jaglom's SITTING DUCKS) as another of Irene's father's friends, Karen Black (THE PYX) as her friend's mother, and TRUE BLOOD's Joe Manganiello.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 19 June 2009 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:33
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom and star Tanna Frederick
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:41)
• Short film 'First Date' by Sabrina Jaglom (16:9; 7:42)

DVD Release Date: April 8th. 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' DVD is a port of Rainbow Releasing's 2010 edition featuring an attractive progressive, anamorphic transfer of this low budget 35mm production with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound. Director Henry Jaglom and star Tanna Frederick appear on an audio commentary in which they discuss the film's use of improvisation, Jaglom's focus on unguarded reactions, and having actors inject autobiographical details (sometimes painful) into their dialogue. Jaglom also addresses the "home movie" feel of his films (his son and daughter appear in the film as well as Frederick's mother and father [the latter in home movie footage]), reusing cast members and casting friends and relatives (additionally, he reveals that actor Zack Norman raised the financing for a number of his early films). Also included is a short film by Jaglom's daughter Sabrina (who appears in the feature in a restaurant scene). The disc also includes the film's trailer.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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