Character (1997)

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Overview

Mike van Diem's drama Character comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Dutch soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar that boasts excellent sound and picture quality and should be worthwhile for anyone with an interest in international cinema.
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Overview

Mike van Diem's drama Character comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Dutch soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar that boasts excellent sound and picture quality and should be worthwhile for anyone with an interest in international cinema.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video with english text; Widescreen presentation; Audio: Dutch 5.1 (Dolby Surround); Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Combining the dense texture of a Dickens novel with an almost existential outlook on life, Character seems at once a throwback of a story and a very modern tale. It begins with a murder and a police interrogation that easily yields a confession, so the emphasis is on why, not who. The viewer can sense that the victim -- a bull-necked man with penetrating gaze -- may in fact be an evil man, and as the flashback story begins to unfold, that does seem to be the case. But the strength of Character lies in its portrayal of Dreverhaven, brilliantly played by Jan Decleir as a man struggling with his own selfishness and greed. Driven to succeed, his one hope in the world lies in his illegitimate son, whom he pushes mercilessly. That his own son would grow up to be his undoing rather than his salvation is the story's supreme irony. Character is shot in muddy browns and muted grays, color schemes that suggest a world without brightness or hope. It is a grim story, but it's told with an almost exhilarating sense of style and purpose.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • UPC: 043396085572
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fedja van Huêt Jakob Willem Katadreuffe
Jan Decleir Dreverhaven
Betty Schuurman Joba Katadreuffe
Hans Kesting Jan Maan
Victor Löw De Gankelaar
Jonathan Maxwell Reeves
Tamar van den Dop Lorna Te George
Technical Credits
Mike van Diem Director, Screenwriter
Jessica de Koning Editor
Alek Goos Sound/Sound Designer
Jelier Art Director
Laurens Geels Producer, Screenwriter
Schaaf Art Director
Jeannette Snik Casting
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
Het Paleis van Boem Score Composer
Ruud van Megen Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [5:23]
2. Jacob Katadreuffe [1:49]
3. The Legendary Dreverhaven [2:19]
4. Joba the Housekeeper [2:46]
5. "When Is Our Wedding?" [6:26]
6. Jacob's English Books [2:06]
7. Looking for His Father [4:10]
8. Arrested [5:00]
9. Jan Maan [5:24]
10. Cigar Shop Scam [5:27]
11. Dr. De Gankelaar [2:08]
12. An Eloquent Young Man [3:12]
13. Mean Mr. Rentenstein [3:20]
14. Enemy at the Gate [5:32]
15. Dreverhaven's Proposal [3:01]
16. The Eviction Order [5:00]
17. Miss Te George [9:14]
18. Dr. Stroomkonig's Library [2:26]
19. "I've Just Fired Rentenstein." [4:38]
20. PCS Bank vs. JW Katadreuffe [1:50]
21. "Do Something to Me!" [3:54]
22. Jacob's Surprise Party [1:22]
23. "I Shall Never Marry You." [8:24]
24. Calm Before the Storm [2:24]
25. Mrs. Ten Have [7:15]
26. Last Visit [5:25]
27. Suicide [5:47]
28. Acknowledged at Last [2:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Character
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Find!

    What a thoroughly enjoyable film! Wonderful acting and atmosphere and a twisty plot that will keep you riveted.

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