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Most serious movie-lovers regard Roman Polanski's Chinatown as an essential film to have in their collection, making it all the more important that Paramount's DVD edition of the film be satisfactory. There is probably still room for improvement; nevertheless, there is much to recommend this disc. It is doubtful that Chinatown could possibly look any better than it does in this format. The widescreen anamorphic transfer exhibits a superb degree of detail and completely natural colors. The sound is also vastly ...
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Overview

Most serious movie-lovers regard Roman Polanski's Chinatown as an essential film to have in their collection, making it all the more important that Paramount's DVD edition of the film be satisfactory. There is probably still room for improvement; nevertheless, there is much to recommend this disc. It is doubtful that Chinatown could possibly look any better than it does in this format. The widescreen anamorphic transfer exhibits a superb degree of detail and completely natural colors. The sound is also vastly improved (the original mono audio track is available for purists), with a new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that never lacks clarity and adds an extra dimension to Jerry Goldsmith's outstanding score. The additional features on the disc include the original theatrical trailer and a set of retrospective interviews with Polanski, producer Robert Evans, and screenwriter Robert Towne. The interviews are about 15 minutes long, but it is very interesting to hear the filmmakers putting Chinatown in a modern perspective. Given that Chinatown is generally regarded as one of the best films ever made, Paramount might well have done even more in the way of supplementary features. But given how wonderfully the film itself is rendered, this disc should cause few complaints.
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Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; restored English mono; French mono; English subtitles; Dynamic interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; Retrospective: interviews with Roman Polanski, Robert Towne, and Robert Evans
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
By 1974, a lingering national malaise spawned by the killing of John F. Kennedy and fed by the national debate over the Vietnam War, the continued wave of political assassinations, and the sudden rise and slow collapse of the counterculture movement had finally come to a head with the revelations of the Watergate scandal. Chinatown, a glossy variant on the hard-boiled film noir detective pictures of the 1940s, suggested that none of this was new, and that ugly battles over power and profit touched every area of our lives...even the water we drink. In Chinatown, elected officials are the easily purchased pawns of corrupt power brokers whose appetites know no check or balance (ranging from simple greed to the violation of natural law through incest), and the closest thing we have to a honest and moral guide through this fallen world is a private detective -- a man whose career dictates that his loyalty can be purchased for a relatively small fee. While Roman Polanski's expert pacing and the superbly modulated performances of Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston would have made Chinatown memorable regardless of its political and cultural contexts, the intelligent but relentless cynicism of Robert Towner's screenplay reflected the dark tone of '40s noir while updating it for a California-fed '70s culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • UPC: 097361551647
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson J.J. Gittes
Faye Dunaway Evelyn Mulwray
John Huston Noah Cross
Perry Lopez Escobar
John Hillerman Yelburton
Diane Ladd Ida Sessions
Darrell Zwerling Hollis Mulwray
Burt Young Curly
Frederico Roberto Cross's Butler
George Justin Barber
Rance Howard Irate Farmer
Doc Erickson Customer
Fritzi Burr Mulwray's Secretary
Charles Knapp Mortician
Claudio Martinez Boy on Horseback
Allan Warnick Clerk
John Holland Farmer in the Valley
Jesse Vint Farmer in the Valley
Denny Arnold Farmer in the Valley
Elizabeth Harding Curly's Wife
John Rogers Mr. Palmer
Cecil Elliott Emma Dill
Bob Golden Policeman
Paul Jenkins Policeman
Lee de Broux Policeman
Jim Burk Farmer in the Valley
Roman Polanski Man With Knife
Dick Bakalyan Loach
Joe Mantell Walsh
Bruce Glover Duffy
Nandu Hinds Sophie
James Hong Evelyn's Butler
Beulah Quo Maid
Jerry Fujikawa Gardener
Belinda Palmer Katherine
Noble Willingham Councilman
James O'Reare Lawyer
Roy Roberts Mayor Bagby
Roy Jenson Claude Mulvihill
Elliott Montgomery Councilmen
Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Stewart Campbell Art Director
Hank Ebbs Makeup
Hank Edds Makeup
C.O. Erickson Associate Producer
Robert Evans Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Brian Hooker Songwriter
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Sam O'Steen Editor
Gabe Resh Set Decoration/Design
Robert Resh Set Decoration/Design
Leo Robin Songwriter
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Robert Towne Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. J.J. Gittes [1:54]
2. Hollis Mulwray [3:51]
3. Evelyn Mulwray [3:20]
4. Bad for Glass [7:07]
5. Dry As A Bone [:05]
6. "C" for Cross [7:26]
7. Find the Girl [:52]
8. The Valley [6:08]
9. The Albacore Connection [5:20]
10. Maid's Night Off [1:55]
11. Mulwray's Girl [7:06]
12. Witholding Evidence [7:32]
13. The Truth [7:12]
14. Eluding Escobar [6:30]
15. Capable of Anything [:32]
16. Chinatown [5:36]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         Restored English Mono
         French
      Subtitles
         English for the deaf and Hard of Hearing
         None
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Retrospective Interviews with Roman Polanski, Robert Evans and Robert Towne
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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    Polanski's dark city of angels, memories on every street corner.

    Polanski's dark city of angels, memories on every street corner.

    Pity a trilogy was never completed or maybe Nicholson will come out of semi-retirement to do it...?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As perfect as a film can get. I wouldn't change a frame.

    Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" (1974) integrates moral despair with classic, and bankable, Hollywood elements--an atmospheric setting, a likable hero, a lady in distress, romance, suspense, and direct narrative and cinematic allusions to the Raymond Chandler crime movies of the forties. Though the film is set in Los Angeles of the thirties, the conspiracy it details is based on an actual fraud of 1905, in which wealthy Southern California businessmen and politicians staged a "drought" in order to ensure the public's acceptance of a controversial piece of water legislation, one that would help expand the city of Los Angeles and line their own pockets. Robert Towne's Oscar-winning script is the story of private investigator. J. J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson), who is first used by the conspiracy in an effort to discredit an honest water commissioner. Gittes specializes in matrimonial work-spying and reporting on errant spouses-but his investigation will uncover a family sexual secret that surely tops his usual profession. When the subject of Gittes' surveillance is killed, Gittes is confronted by his beautiful widow (Faye Dunaway), who, in the best Chandler tradition, is a poor liar. Gittes is a self-serving, narcissistic man, but he had at some date been expelled from the detective ranks of the police force, and he bears a particular dislike for bureaucratic functionaries. Naturally, he is intrigued by Mrs. Mulray (Dunaway), who first threatens to sue him and then promptly asks him to drop the investigation. Gittes' strength is also his weakness his humane qualities--his independence and open mindedness--allow him to see what others do not, and ultimately his emotional attachment to Mrs. Mulray will serve to discredit his skillfully collected evidence. Ironically, at one point the police threaten to arrest him on a charge of conspiracy. By the time he has gotten the goods on the man behind the plot, Noah Cross (John Huston), Gittes has so antagonized the police that they pointedly dismiss him as a hindrance. "Chinatown" is an engrossing, fast paced film that is both a parody and a revival of the old Hollywood detective genre. It is also a complex picture. Anyone who leaves his seat, even for an instant, risks missing a new turn in the twisting story. As the complex plot unravels, we discover more and more about what is actually happening or what is apparently happening. Nothing is what it seems, which is, as we will learn, the reason for the film's name. Chinatown is the district where Jake Gittes started his career as a cop. It is a section of Los Angeles where bizarre things happen regularly. Cops who want to survive in this world learn that if in doubt, it is best to back off and do nothing. Throughout the film, "Chinatown" represents not only an ethnic zone which defies police penetration, but a state of mind Chinatown is where Gittes arranges for Mrs. Mulray to go to evade her father and the police it is a place of compromised strength where emotion conquers professional coolness and it is the place where Gittes mistakes ideals for possibilities. As in the metaphor of "Jaws" (1975), "Chinatown" activates man's primal relationship with water as a weakness. In "Chinatown", water is used for recreation it is also a weapon (The Water Commissioner is drowned in a pond, Gittes is almost swept under in a drainage gulley) but in the film's strongest indictment of capitalism, water--a primary element of nature--becomes a viable currency, to be hoarded, diverted and controlled for private interest. "Chinatown" uncovers a conspiracy where the public is least likely to suspect it, in an element that is both familiar and benign. Much of the film's success is due to Robert Towne's screenplay. Originally, he wrote the script like a standard detective movie that he planned to direct himself. Then he saw some photographs of Los Angeles circa 193

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What Film Making Should Aways Be

    What a great movie on so many levels. The writing, acting, directing, and the cinematography all work together to make this movie an all time classic. Jack Nicholson gives one of his best performances as the private dectective who finds himself caught up in murder and the deep, dark secret of his client. Faye Dunaway does a quietly wonderful job as the desperate widow of the murdered man. The outward story of how water played an important role in the development of the L.A. region sets the stage for a story of betrayal at the most basic of levels. Chinatown is a movie to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 1970s Hollywood Classic

    From the opening to the closing credits, this film is quintissential Hollywood filmmaking. A rich story with many interesting characters, Chinatown is a fictional retelling of how water was brought to L.A. in order to help it expand to the size it is today. Of course, there was plenty of controversy behind this, and this movie brings out what it must've been like, or at least similar to. Chinatown is also considered the model screenplay by many screenwriting instructors. Enjoy this Hollywood classic!

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