8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

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Tom Schilman's hit man comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine ...
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Tom Schilman's hit man comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English 5.1 Surround; French Stereo Surround; English, French & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The most shocking thing about 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag -- whose premise is all right there in the title -- is that it was greenlighted in the first place. Second most shocking is that it's actually sort of fun. Playing an exhausted version of his familiar mobster sociopath, Joe Pesci seems almost bored by his obligation of tracking down his gruesome quarry. What might seem like lazy acting instead feels like a conscious choice on Pesci's part, which informs the rest of the cast in keeping the tone more lighthearted than the subject matter would suggest. Key assistance comes from newcomer Andy Comeau, who channels a young Daniel Stern as the panicky and confused boyfriend, and David Spade, who proves how effective he can be in a supporting role. Writer-director Tom Schulman has written some funny material about how Pesci's character searches for replacement heads, enlisting the unwitting help of Charlie's two fraternity brothers played by Spade and an increasingly unhinged Todd Louiso, such that they're all eventually arguing whether one particular substitute is a "good Frank" or just a "so-so Frank." In the process, the heads themselves almost assume personalities. The portion involving Charlie's girlfriend's family in Mexico is a lot more broad, relying too much on the histrionics of Dyan Cannon as the girlfriend's mother, who boozes too much and then attacks Charlie with a fork. And a lot of the third-act plot mechanics leave a lot to be desired in the logic department. No one will mistake 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag for high art, but it's a surprisingly good-natured comedy that exceeds its bad reputation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • UPC: 027616880055
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Pesci Tommy Spinelli
Andy Comeau Charlie Pritchett
Kristy Swanson Laurie Bennett
Todd Louiso Steve
David Spade Ernie Lipscomb
George Hamilton Dick Bennett
Dyan Cannon Annette Bennett
Anthony Mangano Rico
Joe Basile Benny
Ernestine Mercer Fern Bennett
Frank Roman Paco
Howard George Big Sep
Technical Credits
Tom Schulman Director
Benita Allen Asst. Director
John Bertolli Producer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Tim Foster Co-producer
Andrew Gross Score Composer
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
David Holden Editor
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Jeffrey D. Ivers Executive Producer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Brad Krevoy Producer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Paul Peters Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Stabler Producer
Ed White Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas P. Wilkins Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Package [5:07]
2. Mix-Up [6:28]
3. Out of the Bag [8:01]
4. The Truth [5:34]
5. Not 1, Not 2... 8! [5:37]
6. Where's Charlie? [5:05]
7. Losing His Head [5:23]
8. A Time and a Place [7:12]
9. Replacements [7:32]
10. A So-So Collection [4:59]
11. Change of Plans [4:49]
12. Heads or Tails? [7:30]
13. Lost Dreams [8:55]
14. The Head Back [4:02]
15. Through the Gate [3:52]
16. End Credits [4:55]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Package [5:14]
2. Mix-Up [6:28]
3. Out of the Bag [8:01]
4. The Truth [5:34]
5. Not 1, Not 2... 8! [5:37]
6. Where's Charlie? [5:05]
7. Losing His Head [5:23]
8. A Time and a Place [7:12]
9. Replacements [7:33]
10. A So-So Collection [4:59]
11. Change of Plans [4:49]
12. Heads or Tails? [7:30]
13. Lost Dreams [8:55]
14. The Head Back [4:02]
15. Through the Gate [3:52]
16. End Credits [4:47]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hilarous

    This is the funniest movie ever! The title and plot may be odd but it will have your cheeks hurting from laughing soo hard. If your not laughing then theres something wrong with you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!

    you'll be holding your side the whole time!

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