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Ethan Hawke directs and stars with real-life wife Uma Thurman in the drama Chelsea Walls. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer appears to be in only mediocre shape. The detail in the image is lacking, and a good amount of softness often penetrates the image. While some of the colors and black levels look sharp, overall this is a very middle-of-the-road effort from Lion's Gate. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and fares about as well as the video portions of ...
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Overview

Ethan Hawke directs and stars with real-life wife Uma Thurman in the drama Chelsea Walls. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer appears to be in only mediocre shape. The detail in the image is lacking, and a good amount of softness often penetrates the image. While some of the colors and black levels look sharp, overall this is a very middle-of-the-road effort from Lion's Gate. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and fares about as well as the video portions of the disc. Fidelity and dynamic range are sorely lacking, though overall the dialogue, effects, and music are all free of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. Fans will be happy to see a few extra features tacked on this disc -- included on this DVD is a commentary track by Ethan Hawke which features a lot of excitement from the actor as well as interesting stories on the production and history of the film, a deleted scene that allows the viewer to see what was left on the cutting room floor, a few minor cast interviews with Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, and a few theatrical trailers.
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Special Features

Director commentary: Ethan Hawke; Deleted scene; Ethan Hawke "Straight to One" short film; Trailer; Cast & Crew interviews; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The young, the old, and the restless make art or just brood the night away in Chelsea Walls, an odd, free-form character study of the famous New York City hotel and the artists and wannabes who live there or drift through. Actor Ethan Hawke moves behind the camera to direct this adaptation of a play by Nicole Burdette co-founder of the Naked Angels theater group that spirals freely around an eclectic array of Chelsea Hotel occupants, capturing in theatrical snapshots the ordinary and extraordinary moments of their lives. The Chelsea is renowned as an artists' residence, with Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe, William S. Burroughs, and a host of other greats having at one time or another called it home. Their ghosts haunt Chelsea Walls. There is no traditional story arc; instead, characters and relationships intersect amid a sea of brief encounters. There are painters, poets, and drifters glimpsed in quiet conversations and poetic rants, in tentative flirtations and in moments of desperate solitude. It all comes together as a kind of collage, designed to evoke a mood rather than tell a story. A strong ensemble cast keeps things interesting, including Uma Thurman Hawke's wife, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson, and Steve Zahn. At the film's center is Kris Kristofferson -- portraying a heartbroken, alcoholic writer -- whose gravelly voice and distinguished visage bring real gravity to the proceedings. A soundtrack by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco envelops much of Chelsea Walls, which is punctuated by a performance by jazz great Jimmy Scott and a few somber love ballads sung by Robert Sean Leonard. The result is a vicarious, sleepless night at this venerable landmark, a long and deeply melancholy night of the soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2002
  • UPC: 658149802025
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,118

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Corrigan Crutches
Rosario Dawson Audrey
Vincent D'Onofrio Frank
Kris Kristofferson Bud
Robert Sean Leonard Terry
Natasha Richardson Mary
Uma Thurman Grace
Mark Webber Val
Tuesday Weld Greta
Frank Whaley Lynny
Steve Zahn Ross
John Seitz Dean
Harris Yulin Bud's Editor
Guillermo Diaz Kid
Marisa Tomei
Christopher Walken
Matthew Del Negro Rookie Cop
Technical Credits
Ethan Hawke Director
Alexis Alexanian Producer
Nicole Burdette Screenwriter
Rick Butler Production Designer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Pamela Koffler Producer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Richard Rutowski Cinematographer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Tweedy Score Composer
Christine Vachon Producer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Wilco Score Composer
Gary Winick Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sorry People [3:30]
2. The Beginning [5:12]
3. Hotel For All [5:35]
4. Love & Ghosts [4:48]
5. Reoccurring Dream [5:11]
6. Enamored Of [5:01]
7. Impatience & Cowardice [5:04]
8. Helping [3:28]
9. Lonely One [5:03]
10. Got Away [3:47]
11. Company [2:55]
12. Jealous Guy [6:41]
13. Coliseum Dreams [5:20]
14. Very, Very Drunk [3:27]
15. Phone Calls [5:55]
16. Call Back [3:31]
17. Streets [3:48]
18. Really A Poet? [3:46]
19. Come Home [4:19]
20. Love [6:08]
21. Cold [2:59]
22. Parting Ways [4:48]
23. Exit [3:42]
24. End Credits [5:19]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Ethan Hawke Interview
      Robert Sean Leonard Interview
   Set Up
      Audio
         5.1 Dolby Digital
         2.0 Dolby Stereo
      Director Commentary - Ethan Hawke
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
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