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Directed by David Mamet
USA 1988

 

Written and directed by David Mamet (Oleanna), the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright known for his intense dramas, Things Change is a charming, expertly crafted ‘mistaken identity’ comedy.

The Mob force unassuming shoe-shine man Gino (Don Ameche, Trading Places) into taking the hit for a murder he didn't commit. The pay-off? A fishing boat in Sicily when he gets out. Small-time crook Jerry (Joe Mantegna, House of Games) takes Gino on one last jaunt to Lake Tahoe before his term begins, but, when Gino is mistaken for a major league gangster, the duo soon fall prey to local hoodlums…

An unexpected change of pace for Mamet, Things Change benefits from an intelligent, witty script and superb central performances from Ameche and Mantegna, who received Best Actor awards at the Venice Film Festival for their efforts.

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Jerry, a misfit Mafia henchman, is assigned the low-level job of keeping an eye on Gino, a shoe repairman fingered by the Mob to confess to a murder he didn't commit. But Gino's mistaken for a Mafia boss, and the two are suddenly catapulted to the highest levels of mobster status. Only friendship will see them through this dangerous adventure alive!

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Theatrical Release: August 31st, 1988 (Venice Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:40:28.981      
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Engineering Things (2021, 20:35): acclaimed writer-director David Mamet reminisces about his career and the making of Things Change
Things Happen (2021, 29:21): actor Joe Mantegna on working with Mamet and Don Ameche
Melodies for Mamet (2021, 17:07): composer Alaric Rokko Jans describes the process of scoring Things Change, and his other collaborations with Mamet
Life As It Could Be (2021, 9:49): appreciation by comedian, musician and writer Rob Deering
Original theatrical trailer (1:48)
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Ellen Cheshire, an archival production report, extracts from interviews with David Mamet and Don Ameche, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 22nd, 2021
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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (February 2021): Indicator have transferred David Mamet's Things Change to its world premiere on Blu-ray . It looks exceptional in 1080P. Truly, it is one of the more impressive transfers I have seen this year - on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and pristine contrast - wonderfully exporting the lighting of cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchía (Glengarry Glen Ross.) Detail in the film's many close-ups is strong - you can often see the makeup. A brilliant HD appearance.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language - with some Italian. It's a fairly passive soundstage. The score is by Alaric Jans (Mamet's The Winslow Boy, House of Games and Homicide) subtly adding to the viewing experience by supporting the Mamet's precise pacing. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

Supplements from Indicator include a new video piece entitled 'Engineering Things' with David Mamet reminiscing about his career and the making of Things Change. It is interesting and runs over 20-minutes. Things Happen is a new 1/2 hour interview with actor Joe Mantegna on working with Mamet and Don Ameche. I loved the anecdotes. Melodies for Mamet spends 17-minutes with composer Alaric Rokko Jans who describes the process of scoring Things Change, and his other collaborations with Mamet. It was also filmed in 2021. Life As It Could Be is a 10-minute appreciation by comedian, musician, marathoner and writer Rob Deering. It's quite fun. There is an original theatrical trailer and an image gallery of promotional and publicity materials. The package contains a limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Ellen Cheshire, an archival production report, extracts from interviews with David Mamet and Don Ameche, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

I really enjoyed Mamet's Things Change.... very much. It's a great script - Don Ameche is amazing and it still circles the director's penchant for the hidden undercurrent of the crime world and it's themes of morality with unwritten codes of survival. It has David Mamet regulars; Mantegna, Ricky Jay, Mike Nussbaum, Felicity Huffman etc. Great plot, performances and film. It's not laugh-out-loud funny - but simply amusing, witty and ultimately engaging - thanks to Ameche - one of the best roles of his long career. Another big winner on Indicator Blu-ray that we warmly recommend.

Gary Tooze

 


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