John Cassavetes: Five Films (Blu-ray)

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Format:  Blu-ray  (5 Discs)
item number:  38FAV
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 12 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 22, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Note: High-definition digital restorations of all five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
    • High-definition digital restoration of director John Cassavete's 108-minute 1978 version of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • A constant forge: the life and art of John Cassavetes (2000), a 200-minute documentary by Charles Kiselyak
    • Interviews with actor Leila Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel about Shadows
    • Silent footage from the Cassavetes-Lane drama workshop, from which Shadows emerged
    • Restoration demonstration for Shadows
    • Alternate eighteen-minute opening sequence for Faces
    • Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de Notre Temps from 1968, dedicated to Cassavetes
    • Making "Faces," a documentary featuring interview with actors Cassel, Lynn Carlin, and Gena Rowlands and director of photography Al Ruban
    • Al Ruban on lighting and shooting "Faces," a new program
    • Audio commentary for A Woman Under the Influence by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris
    • Conversation between Rowlands and actor Peter Falk about A Woman Under the Influence
    • Interview program featuring actor Ben Gazzara and Ruban discussing The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
    • Conversation between Rowlands and Gazzara about Opening Night
    • Interview with Ruban about Opening Night
    • Three audio interviews with Cassavetes from the 1970s
    • Stills and poster galleries
    • Trailers
    • Plus: a booklet featuring essays by Gary Giddins, Kent Jones, Kiselyak, Stuart Klawans, Dennis Lim, and Phillip Lopate; writings by and interviews with Cassavetes; and tributes to the filmmaker by director Martin Scorsese; actor and writer Elaine Kagan, Cassavete's former secretary; and novelist Jonathan Lethem
  • Special Edition
  • Audio:
    • English
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

[O]ne of the most controversial creators of postwar cinema.
Feb 1, 2005

Product Description:

Considered by many to be the father of independent film, John Cassavetes left behind a body of work which has become essential viewing for anyone interested in the art of narrative filmmaking. Peopled with average people, down-and-out types, and low-level criminals, his humanist vision is never flashy and always compassionate. This eight disc set collects five of these films, along with Charles Kiselyak's definitive documentary on Cassavetes, A CONSTANT FORGE (2000). SHADOWS (1959), FACES (1968), A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1974), THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (1978), and OPENING NIGHT (1977), are all presented here in definitive versions, from new transfers.


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