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28 Days

4.2 10
Director: Betty Thomas

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West

 

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Betty Thomas' surprisingly enjoyable rehab romance 28 Days is translated into a just as surprisingly full-fledged DVD. Along with a widescreen, anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound, the disc boasts a wide array of supplements that match the film's quirky, amiable tone. These range from traditional extras like HBO's "making of" special, trailers,

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Betty Thomas' surprisingly enjoyable rehab romance 28 Days is translated into a just as surprisingly full-fledged DVD. Along with a widescreen, anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound, the disc boasts a wide array of supplements that match the film's quirky, amiable tone. These range from traditional extras like HBO's "making of" special, trailers, and biographies to truly unique bonuses like the recovery testimonials of some of the film's main characters. Every aspect of Gwen's (Sandra Bullock) life at the clinic is explored with a special feature: lost songs from the Guitar Guy (aka Loudon Wainwright III), lost episodes of "Santa Cruz" -- the soap opera that bonds the patients together, and instructions for making gum wrapper chains elevate the disc into a detailed and entertaining experience. Thomas also provides an enjoyable commentary, along with contributions from the film's editor, producer, and composer, Richard Gibbs. Gibbs' score is also given a separate audio track, emphasizing the personal, intricate approach taken throughout the entire disc. Though the DVD's embarrassment of riches comes as something of a shock, it's nice to see popular favorites such as 28 Days receive the treatment lavished upon critical faves such as Magnolia and Fight Club.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sandra Bullock discards her perky, girl-next-door persona to play a willful drunk in 28 Days, a potentially dreary drama brightened by sharp scripting, endearingly eccentric characterizations, and assured direction. Bullock, whose previous screen roles have traded on her unnaturally sunny disposition, reveals an unsuspected dark side as a self-absorbed, substance-abusing New York writer arrested after drunkenly driving into the side of a house. Offered the choice between stints in jail or rehab, she opts for the latter but resists total compliance with the program. Memorable supporting turns are contributed by Viggo Mortensen (playing a fellow patient), Dominic West (a hard-partying boyfriend), and Steve Buscemi (a sympathetic counselor), but it's Bullock herself who rates top acting honors. Wailing, retching, shaking, and sweating, she paints a vivid picture of a tormented young woman struggling with her inner demons. Director Betty Thomas (Private Parts) expertly steers the star's performance while restraining the tendency of Susannah Grant's screenplay to lapse into soap opera.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
UPC:
0043396050648
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
9,636

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English; Director, editor, composer, and producer audio commentary; HBO making-of special; Character testimonials; "Santa Cruz" Soap Opera: The Lost Episodes; How to make a gun wrapper chain; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections; Guitar Guys lost songs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Gwen Cummings
Viggo Mortensen Eddie
Dominic West Jasper
Diane Ladd Bobbie Jean
Elizabeth Perkins Lily
Steve Buscemi Counselor Cornell
Alan Tudyk Gerhardt
Mike O'Malley Oliver
Azura Skye Andrea
Reni Santoni Daniel
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Roshanda
Margo Martindale Betty
Jim Moody Chauffer
Loudon Wainwright Guy with guitar

Technical Credits
Betty Thomas Director
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Rick Butler Art Director
Celia Costas Co-producer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Susannah Grant Screenwriter
Richard Graves Asst. Director
Geoffrey S. Grimsman Set Decoration/Design
Robert Guerra Art Director
Marcia Hinds-Johnson Production Designer
Bo Johnson Art Director
Bill King Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Peter Teschner Editor
Jenno Topping Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:12]
2. Awoke Drunk & Early [2:59]
3. Gwen Takes the Cake [1:51]
4. Excellent Drunk Driver [4:24]
5. Parker House People [5:18]
6. Group Therapy I [2:10]
7. Cornell [6:49]
8. Sobering Decision [2:00]
9. The Feeling [5:46]
10. Group Therapy II [2:06]
11. Eddie Boone [1:24]
12. Equine Therapy [4:11]
13. Sisterly Rapport [4:30]
14. Marriage Proposal [3:52]
15. Mom Didn't Come [3:05]
16. Group Advice [2:19]
17. Sport Fans [:14]
18. Eddie's Addictions [1:53]
19. "Santa Cruz" [4:30]
20. Family Session [:54]
21. Thinking About Control [2:52]
22. Worst Moment [5:02]
23. "Santa Booze" [1:53]
24. Three's A Crowd [4:30]
25. Andrea Checks Out [4:02]
26. Making Up [3:28]
27. "Joy To The World" [3:25]
28. "Bye, Jasper" [3:22]

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28 Days 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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A good movie for anybody with an addiction . proves were only Human.
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I love this movie
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