Countryman

Overview

Dickie Jobson's Countryman comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews with many of the people involved in the film including Jobson, screenwriter Michael Thomas, and the actual Countryman. This is a fine release from Lions Gate.
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Overview

Dickie Jobson's Countryman comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews with many of the people involved in the film including Jobson, screenwriter Michael Thomas, and the actual Countryman. This is a fine release from Lions Gate.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered feature; New interviews with director Dickie Jobson, screenwriter Michael Thomas, production manager Eddie Babbage, actor Carl Bradshaw and Countryman himself; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround and 2.0 stereo; English subtitles; Palm Previews and more
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Fans of Jamaica, reggae, and marijuana will probably enjoy Countryman, but most others will likely be stranded by the strong dialects and the minimal plot. Vague political intrigue, vague tweaking of taboos, vague character motivations -- it's all pretty vague in a movie that exists as a pastiche of cultural symbols, its action inspired more by ambience than narrative fluidity. On this score, it succeeds, using the naturalistic settings, and peopling these with interesting character types, to create a true sense of the insider's Jamaica. The best and clearest scenes involve the crash victims trying to stay hidden in their jungle encampment; it's here that director Dickie Jobson inserts the sequence clearly designed as the "stoner's delight," in which a trio of characters smoke a lot of ganja and eat a lot of scrumptious fruit. Ultimately, Countryman works better as a moving visual accompaniment to the reggae music, and a pseudo documentary-style glimpse into a foreign culture. As narrative filmmaking, it's a long way short of Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come, the classic Jimmy Cliff starrer that paved the way for future Jamaican cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • UPC: 660200305826
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,258

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
The Countryman Countryman
Hiram Keller Bobby Lloyd
Carl Bradshaw Capt. Benchley
Basil Keane Colonel Sinclair
Ronnie McKay Wax
Ronald Gossop Biker
Oliver Samuels Pillion
Chin Fish Vendor
Jahman Jahman
Buster Jameson Ezekiel
Freshey Richardson Mosman
Peter Packer
Claudia Robinson
Kristian Sinclair
Technical Credits
Dickie Jobson Director, Screenwriter
Wally Badarou Score Composer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Peter Boyle Editor
Dominique Chapuis Cinematographer
Bernard Leonard Art Director
John Victor Smith Editor
Michael Thomas Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Island Rescue/Natural Mystic [2:05]
3. Conspiracy [:01]
4. Pass it On
5. Road Block
6. Rasta Teachings
7. Dead or Alive
8. Rat Race
9. Small Axe
10. I Am a Fisherman
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
      Cockfight
      Sadu Baba
      Ambush
      Search for Beau
      Government Payback
      Reunion/Dreadlocks in Moonlight
      Jahman Live
      Credits
   Setup
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      2.0 Stereo
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Features
      Previews
      Featurette
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