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John Cassavetes - Five Films (Region 1 Criterion Collection) - Cassavetes, John
Releasedatum: 21 september 2004
John Cassavetes has been called a genius, a visionary, and the father of independent film. But all this rhetoric threatens to obscure the humanism and generosity of his art. The five films included here represent his self-financed works made outside the studio system of Hollywood, on which he was afforded complete control. While about beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, and children, all of them are beautiful, emotional testaments to compassion. Cassavetes has often been called an actor's director, but this body of work—astoundingly, even greater than the sum of its extraordinarily significant parts—reveals him to be an audience’s director. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night in stunning new transfers.

DVD Extra's:
Special edition eight disc box set features: New high-definition digital transfers of all films, with restored image and sound, and, where applicable, enhanced for widescreen televisions. More than two hours of new video interviews with Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Lelia Goldoni, Gena Rowlands, and Al Ruban. Two versions of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: Cassavetes’ original 135-minute, on home video for the first time, as well as his subsequent 108-minute re-edit. Faces alternate opening: 17 minutes of footage not included in Cassavetes' final cut. Cinéastes de notre temps: an episode from the French television series, dedicated to Cassavetes. Workshop footage: rare silent clips from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, from which Shadows emerged. Audio commentary on A Woman Under the Influence by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris. Restoration demonstration for Shadows. Audio interviews with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson. Lighting and Shooting the Film: a study of the techniques and equipment used on Faces by Al Ruban. Stills galleries: rare behind-the-scenes photos, publicity shots, and posters. Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes frequently cast in his films, written by Tom Chartity (John Cassavetes: Lifeworks). English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired. Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition. Plus: a 68-page book featuring new essays on Cassavetes and the films by writers/critics Gary Giddins, Stuart Klawans, Kent Jones, Philip Lopate, Dennis Lim, and director Charles Kiselyak, as well as reprinted writings by and interviews with Cassavetes, and tributes to Cassavetes by director Martin Scorsese, Cassavetes' secretary Elaine Kagan, and novelist Jonathan Lethem, and more!

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