Apt Pupil

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Overview

Evil reigns in the Stephen King-based film Apt Pupil. The movie is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and features a very solid transfer from Columbia. Aside a small amount of edge enhancement in the image, this picture includes solid colors and dark black levels. The sound mix is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and sports a vast array of directional effects and Surround sounds (especially when composer John Ottman's music score kicks in). Overall, the mix is free and clear of any ...
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Overview

Evil reigns in the Stephen King-based film Apt Pupil. The movie is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and features a very solid transfer from Columbia. Aside a small amount of edge enhancement in the image, this picture includes solid colors and dark black levels. The sound mix is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and sports a vast array of directional effects and Surround sounds (especially when composer John Ottman's music score kicks in). Overall, the mix is free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The only extra features available on this disc are a fluffy "Making Of" featurette with some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews by the cast, as well as a theatrical trailer for the film.
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Special Features

Languages: English; Subtitles: English; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Making-of featurette; Full screen and widescreen formats
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The attempt to turn one of novelist Stephen King's most disturbing stories into a feature film is a chilling character study from director Bryan Singer. While it's an oft-quoted maxim that "the book is always better than the movie," this isn't always true (Jaws (1976) and The Godfather (1972) are superb exceptions). However, Apt Pupil reinforces that stereotype by dropping much of the printed page's development of lead character Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) as a big man on campus. Singer's film positions Bowden as more of an all-American, average kid, which robs the tale of some of its narrative power, as the symbolism of Bowden's teen success and good looks was paralleled by delusions of superiority entertained by former Nazi and decrepit recluse Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen. Without this unspoken connection, the relationship that develops between fugitive and teen neighbor, and Dussander's emergence from his protective shell to full-blown monstrosity, is never as uncomfortably compelling as it is in King's tale. The film simply becomes a portrait of two mentally disturbed, homicidal sociopaths, a Thelma and Louise of fascist evil. A nonetheless interesting and provocative film, Apt Pupil is ultimately less so than it should be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/1999
  • UPC: 043396223097
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian McKellen Kurt Dussander
Brad Renfro Todd Bowden
Bruce Davison Richard Bowden
Elias Koteas Archie
Joe Morton Dan Richler
Jan Triska Isaac Weiskopf
Michael Byrne Ben Kramer
Heather McComb Becky Trask
Ann Dowd Monica Bowden
Joshua Jackson Joey
David Schwimmer Edward French
Mickey Cottrell Sociology Teacher
Technical Credits
Bryan Singer Director, Producer
Fernando Altschul Asst. Director
Jane Hamsher Producer
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Kathleen M. McKernin Art Director
Don Murphy Producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Tim Harbert Executive Producer
John Ottman Associate Producer, Editor, Score Composer
Geoffrey Lucius Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathryn Eisenstein Casting
Brandon Boyce Screenwriter
Thomas DeSanto Co-producer
David Eckert Set Decoration/Design
Jennifer Herwitt Set Decoration/Design
Jay Shapiro Associate Producer
Amy Shock Set Decoration/Design
Stephen King Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:52]
2. Mr. Dussander [2:33]
3. Real Proof [5:12]
4. Gas Leak [4:17]
5. Dinner With Arthur [5:39]
6. Hitting the Showers [4:58]
7. Clothes Make the Man [6:11]
8. Timmy [3:09]
9. Broken Wing [1:43]
10. A Real Problem [2:02]
11. Grandpa Intervenes [5:49]
12. Reality [7:41]
13. Beginning & End [9:30]
14. Practically Neighbors [3:14]
15. Last Call [4:47]
16. "I Need Help." [1:22]
17. In the Cellar [3:56]
18. "I'm Dying." [1:14]
19. Saving Kurt's Life [1:18]
20. Evidence Destroyed [1:00]
21. "I Lied." [2:16]
22. Ben Kramer [4:51]
23. Dr. Isaac Weiskopf [1:58]
24. Graduation Day [1:34]
25. Icarus Speech [3:50]
26. Missing Letter [5:31]
27. Cheating the Hangman [1:59]
28. "Do We Have a Deal?" [6:26]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:52]
2. Mr. Dussander [2:33]
3. Real Proof [5:12]
4. Gas Leak [4:17]
5. Dinner With Arthur [5:39]
6. Hitting the Showers [4:58]
7. Clothes Make the Man [6:11]
8. Timmy [3:09]
9. Broken Wing [1:43]
10. A Real Problem [2:02]
11. Grandpa Intervenes [5:49]
12. Reality [7:41]
13. Beginning & End [9:30]
14. Practically Neighbors [3:14]
15. Last Call [4:47]
16. "I Need Help." [1:22]
17. In the Cellar [3:56]
18. "I'm Dying." [1:14]
19. Saving Kurt's Life [1:18]
20. Evidence Destroyed [1:00]
21. "I Lied." [2:16]
22. Ben Kramer [4:51]
23. Dr. Isaac Weiskopf [1:58]
24. Graduation Day [1:34]
25. Icarus Speech [3:50]
26. Missing Letter [5:31]
27. Cheating the Hangman [1:59]
28. "Do We Have a Deal?" [6:26]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Languages & Audio
      English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      English (Dolby Surround)
   Theatrical Trailer
   Special Features
      "Making-Of" Featurette
      Bios & Filmographies
         Bryan Singer (Director)
         Ian McKellen
         Brad Renfro
         David Schwimmer
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Languages & Audio
      English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      English (Dolby Surround)
   Theatrical Trailer
   Special Features
      "Making-Of" Featurette
      Bios & Filmographies
         Bryan Singer (Director)
         Ian McKellen
         Brad Renfro
         David Schwimmer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poor

    I can't give this movie a good review because I read the novella by Stephen King. This movie leaves out so many crucial aspects as far as character development. There are major events that should have happened that don't in this movie. I was very disappointed. This could have been a much better, more disturbing movie that was true to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE

    A movie is great, you cant find another like it. One time classic about nazi and a boy.

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    Posted July 9, 2010

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