Crimes of the Heart

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Beth Henley's award-winning play was given a first-class screen adaptation in this comedy drama about three sisters from the deep South, which has been given a spare presentation on DVD. Crimes of the Heart has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. Viewers have two audio options: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. The dialogue on both tracks is in English with optional English subtitles, ...
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Beth Henley's award-winning play was given a first-class screen adaptation in this comedy drama about three sisters from the deep South, which has been given a spare presentation on DVD. Crimes of the Heart has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. Viewers have two audio options: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. The dialogue on both tracks is in English with optional English subtitles, though no multiple-language options. No bonus material appears in this edition.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation; English subtitles; Scene selection; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Director Bruce Beresford seems to have a special affinity for the American South. In projects such as Tender Mercies (1983), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and Rich in Love, he's used the region's more leisurely pace to explore relationships in films that thrive on a minimum of plotting. That certainly describes his adaptation of Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which the three sisters of a rather eccentric Mississippi family return to the family manse for a reunion. None of the three have had much luck with men or marriage, and their humorous commiseration about their sometimes scandalous past and affirmation of their relationship with each other are the core of the film. Yet, the Southern Gothic black comedy aspects of the piece, such as Babe's (Sissy Spacek) reaction to having shot her husband, and the suicide of their mother, which might have worked well as anecdotes on the stage, sit less easily within the realistic framework established by Beresford. Henley seems to be using this tone to keep the audience at a safe distance, and one comes away wishing she had probed a bit more deeply. Still, this is a very funny film, and the three actresses work wonderfully as an ensemble. Sam Shepard is good as a former lover of Meg's (Jessica Lange), as is Tess Harper as an irritable next-door neighbor. Cameraman Dante Spinotti also does wonders with the soft Mississippi light.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • UPC: 024543111368
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Keaton Lenny Magrath
Jessica Lange Meg Magrath
Sissy Spacek Babe Magrath
Sam Shepard Doc Porter
Tess Harper Chick Boyle
David Carpenter Barnette Lloyd
Hurd Hatfield Old Grandaddy
Beeson Carroll Zackery Botrelle
Jean Willard Lucille Botrelle
Greg Travis Willie Jay
Connie Adams Zackery's Concubine
Tom Mason Uncle Watson
Annie McKnight Annie May Jenkins
Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Freddie Fields Producer
Ferdinando Giovannoni Art Director
Anne Goursaud Editor
Beth Henley Screenwriter
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Luigi Marchione Production Designer
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Burt Sugarman Executive Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [4:39]
2. Birthday [6:07]
3. Meg Comes Home [4:24]
4. Set Free [5:44]
5. The Past [5:53]
6. Lonely Hearts [3:34]
7. The Young Lawyer [2:42]
8. That Day [9:06]
9. Solid Defense [4:04]
10. Black Book [3:53]
11. Memories [7:17]
12. Assorted Creams [6:26]
13. Under the Moon [4:30]
14. Incriminating Evidence [5:03]
15. Granddaddy's Predicament [6:04]
16. Settlement [5:12]
17. Get Out! [3:52]
18. A Real Bad Day [9:35]
19. Two Days Late [4:15]
20. End Titles [2:30]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Surround)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
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