American Film Theatre Box 2

Overview

The American Film Theatre - Box 2 compiles five titles from Ely Landau's miracle merging of Broadway and Hollywood. These little-seen film versions of celebrated plays have been restored and presented for the first time on DVD from Kino Video. This set contains A Delicate Balance, The Man in the Glass Booth, In Celebration, Three Sisters, and The Homecoming. Each film is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. Special features include theatrical trailers, interviews, ...
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Overview

The American Film Theatre - Box 2 compiles five titles from Ely Landau's miracle merging of Broadway and Hollywood. These little-seen film versions of celebrated plays have been restored and presented for the first time on DVD from Kino Video. This set contains A Delicate Balance, The Man in the Glass Booth, In Celebration, Three Sisters, and The Homecoming. Each film is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. Special features include theatrical trailers, interviews, featurettes, still galleries, essays, and lots of vintage '70s American Film Theatre promotional materials. All 14 films in the series have been restored and released by Kino in three separate box sets.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Serious theater with real heft hits the screen in The American Film Theatre Collection Two, five plays from the unique and short-lived film-theater project of producer Ely Landau. Landau's vision of a "national theater on film" existed for a mere two seasons 1974-75 yet produced 14 memorable films that were presented as a ticket subscription series and screened only once simultaneously at various movie theaters nationwide. More in the series can be found on The American Film Theatre Collection One. The play is still the thing here, with cinematic techniques employed to create an essentially theatrical experience. Collection Two includes films from both AFT seasons, all but one produced between 1973 and 1975. That exception is Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, a 1970 co-production by Laurence Olivier and England's National Theatre Company that was presented in AFT's 1974 season. What is ponderous in Chekhov remains ponderous here, but fans of the Russian playwright are likely to appreciate Olivier's deadly serious production. In striking contrast is 1975's The Man in the Glass Booth, an eccentric adaptation of actor Robert Shaw's mind game of a story about a New York Jewish real-estate tycoon who may or may not be a former concentration camp commandant. Maximilian Schell delivers a fine lead performance, and director Arthur Hiller escalates the emotionalism of the play to sensationalistic proportions, an approach that caused Shaw to remove his name from the film but that also resulted in AFT's only conventional commercial release. The collection's undeniable gem, A Delicate Balance, is Edward Albee's alcohol-soaked study of a wealthy New England family, directed by Tony Richardson and starring Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield. The legendary Hepburn is a huge presence in this clean, beautifully shot adaptation. The set is rounded off by an odd set of British family dramas, David Storey's In Celebration and Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. Both plays feature a charismatic patriarch and three grown brothers, but while Storey's straightforward script dramatizes the siblings who include Alan Bates and Brian Cox as they return home to celebrate their parents' wedding anniversary, while Pinter's "homecoming" is that of a prodigal son making a surprise return with his wife -- an event that goes absurdly awry. Storey's straightforward, introspective dramatic heart contrasts with Pinter's perversity -- which is a joy to watch for Ian Holm's perfect turn as a pimp. Ultimately, the resulting collection of films bears the mark of the AFT's unique pedigree. They are simply required viewing for any fan of serious theater.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • UPC: 738329029128
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 10:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,828

Scene Index

Side #1 -- A Delicate Balance
1. "What I Find Most Astonishing..." [10:31]
2. Claire, the Sister-in-Law [8:34]
3. "I Am an Alcoholic" [10:43]
4. The Ground Rules [5:59]
5. "The Cat That I Had!" [6:55]
6. Harry & Edna [6:42]
7. "Your Daughter Is in Need..." [7:06]
8. Julia, the Quadruple Amputee [10:27]
9. "The Great Balancing Act" [9:14]
10. "What Do You Want?" [6:11]
11. "Get Them Out of Here!" [8:29]
12. Early the Next Morning [8:45]
13. ."..Silent, Sad, Disgusted Love" [7:13]
14. Tobias & His Women [7:40]
15. "Stay!" [10:22]
16. Philosophy From Agnes [8:25]
Side #2 -- The Man in the Glass Booth
1. "Why Do I Live?" [9:24]
2. Conspiratorial Glances [10:20]
3. Paranoia [9:38]
4. "It's Now a Rainy Day" [4:39]
5. The Last Supper [7:10]
6. Memories in the Attic [7:15]
7. The Abduction [8:16]
8. "See You in Court, Colonel" [12:10]
9. Prosecutor's Statement [5:43]
10. First Witnesses [10:34]
11. "The Man... Is a Jew" [7:14]
12. No Heroes [5:45]
13. "It Happened out of Love" [5:28]
14. The Doctors [6:20]
15. "Why Did You Do It?" [6:14]
Side #3 -- In Celebration
1. "Hello Dad!" [10:00]
2. "Hello Mom!" [6:09]
3. "How Does It Feel to Be Home?" [6:43]
4. Human Hygiene [12:12]
5. "Not My Cup of Tea" [8:53]
6. Memories [10:41]
7. The Truth [12:21]
8. A Toast [8:46]
9. Family Analysis [9:39]
10. "What's Going On?" [6:27]
11. Andrew's Vengeance [6:18]
12. "We All Have Our Problems" [6:30]
13. Choices [11:23]
Side #4 -- Three Sisters
1. A Spring Afternoon [7:29]
2. An Extravagant Present [7:14]
3. Our Lives [7:08]
4. Superfluous Knowledge [10:32]
5. Irina's Birthday [5:45]
6. "How Deceptive Life Can Be" [8:35]
7. "I Love..." [8:19]
8. "Let's Philosophize" [8:33]
9. "Let's Make Peace" [8:00]
10. "Moscow, Moscow" [8:52]
11. A Cruel Natasha [7:24]
12. "Maybe I'm Not a Man at All" [9:46]
13. "You Are a Remarkable Woman" [7:59]
14. Confessions [7:48]
15. A Dream [4:50]
16. Happiness [4:11]
17. A Duel [8:08]
18. Wives [5:55]
19. "Everything Comes to an End" [10:12]
20. "Let Us Live" [7:45]
Side #5 -- The Homecoming
1. A House in London [7:34]
2. "Hello, Uncle Sam!" [6:44]
3. A Late Arrival [13:15]
4. A Sleepless Night [7:19]
5. Proposals & Questions [11:19]
6. Good Morning? [9:11]
7. "The Whole Family Together" [9:00]
8. "Being and Not Being" [12:38]
9. Intellectual Equilibrium [10:07]
10. "She's a Tease" [8:58]
11. Sharing Ruth [6:52]
12. A Workable Arrangement [10:43]
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Menu

Side #1 -- A Delicate Balance
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      An Interview With Edward Albee
      An Interview With Cinematographer David Watkin
      A Delicate Balance Theatrical Trailer
      "Edward Albee and A Delicate Balance" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
      The AFT Cinebill for A Delicate Balance
         Edward Albee: On Making Authors Happy
         Mr. Albee: Thoughts on Theater
         Cukor Interlude: On Katharine Hepburn
      A Delicate Balance Stills Gallery
      The American Film Theatre Scrapbook - A Collection of Articles and Essays
         A Letter From Ely Landau - Written in 1973, to Potential AFT Subscribers
         "Ely Landau Presents the American Film Theatre" - An Article by Larry Gross
         An Interview With Ely Landau
Side #2 -- The Man in the Glass Booth
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      An Interview With Director Arthur Hiller
      The Man in the Glass Booth Theatrical Trailer
      Bonus Trailer: The Specialist
         Play Trailer
      "Robert Shaw and The Man in the Glass Booth" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
      The AFT Cinebill for The Man in the Glass Booth
         A Note From Arthur Hiller
         On the Trial & the Mind of Adolf Eichmann
      The Man in the Glass Booth Stills Gallery
      An Interview With Edie Landau, Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre (26 Min)
         Play Interview
      Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera, AFT Promotional Reel - 1974 (6 Min)
      Trailer Gallery - Includes a Complete List of AFT Films
         Butley: Play
         A Delicate Balance: Play
         The Home-Coming: Play
         The Iceman Cometh: Play
         Lost in the Stars: Play
         Luther: Play
         Rhinoceros: Play
         Three Sisters: Play
         Galileo: Play
         Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: Play
         The Maids: Play
         The Man in the Glass Booth: Play
         Play All
      The American Film Theatre Scrapbook - A Collection of Articles and Essays
         A Letter From Ely Landau - Written in 1973, to Potential AFT Subscribers
         "Ely Landau Presents the American Film Theatre" - An Article by Larry Gross
         An Interview With Ely Landau
         Very Nice for Us All by Edward Albee
Side #3 -- In Celebration
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      An Interview With Alan Bates
      An Interview With Playwright David Storey
      "David Storey and In Celebration" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
      The AFT Cineball for In Celebration
         David Storey on Lindsay Anderson
         Lindsay Anderson on David Storey
      In Celebration Stills Gallery
      The American Film Theatre Scrapbook - A Collection of Articles and Essays
         A Letter From Ely Landau, Written in 1973, to Potential AFT Subscribers
         "Ely Landau Presents The American Film Theatre," an Article by Larry Gross
         An Interview With Ely Landau
         Very Nice for Us All by Edward Albee
Side #4 -- Three Sisters
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      An Interview With Alan Bates
      Three Sisters Theatrical Trailer
      "Anton Chekhov and Three Sisters" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
      The AFT Cinebill for Three Sisters
         A Memorable Three Sisters
         Olivier on Chekhov and Shakespeare
         Letters From Chekhov
      Three Sisters Stills Gallery
      The American Film Theatre Scrapbook - A Collection of Articles and Essays
         A Letter From Ely Landau, Written in 1973, to Potential AFT Subscribers
         "Ely Landau Presents the American Film Theatre," an Article by Larry Gross
         An Interview With Ely Landau
         Very Nice for Us All by Edward Albee
Side #5 -- The Homecoming
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      An Interview With Cinematographer David Watkin
      The Homecoming Theatrical Trailer
      "Harold Pinter and The Homecoming," an Essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
      The AFT Cinebill for The Homecoming
         Pinter on Pinter
         People on Pinter
         Peter Hall on Pinter
      The Homecoming Stills Gallery
      An Interview With Edie Landau, Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre (26 Min)
         Play Interview
      Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT Promotional Reel - 1974 (6 Min)
      Trailer Gallery - Includes a Complete List of AFT Films
         Butley: Play
         A Delicate Balance: Play
         The Homecoming: Play
         The Iceman Cometh: Play
         Lost in the Stars: Play
         Luther: Play
         Rhinoceros: Play
         Three Sisters: Play
         Galileo: Play
         Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: Play
         The Maids: Play
         The Man in the Glass Booth: Play
         Play All
      The American Film Theatre Scrapbook - A Collection of Articles and Essays
         A Letter From Ely Landau, Written in 1973, to Potential AFT Subscribers
         "Ely Landau Presents the American Film Theatre," an Article by Larry Gross
         An Interview With Ely Landau
         Very Nice for Us All by Edward Albee
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