Dancing At The Blue Iguana

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Overview

Michael Radford's film about the lives of strippers, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, additional commentary from people involved in the production, a making-of documentary, alternate scenes, and the trailer. This is a solid ...
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Overview

Michael Radford's film about the lives of strippers, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, additional commentary from people involved in the production, a making-of documentary, alternate scenes, and the trailer. This is a solid presentation of a little-seen film from Trimark.
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Special Features

Letterbox; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Documentary; Production commentary; Director commentary; Alternate scenes; Trailer; English & Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene access
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The video box describes it as "from the director of Il Postino, but Dancing at the Blue Iguana is a far less sentimentally sweet delivery from Michael Radford. In fact, he's pretty much doing a 180, infiltrating the back rooms of strip clubs for a realistic and uncompromising probe into psychological scars as naked as the women. Radford may saturate the spectrum of issues facing girls who disrobe for money, but the film exceeds the level of scolding message movie or tawdry skin flick thanks to the commitment of the actresses. Even the household names -- such as Darryl Hannah and Jennifer Tilly -- are on board for the nudity, which helps realize Radford's goal of taking in the incidentals of this environment, without blinking. Its closest corollary may be Atom Egoyan's Exotica, because Iguana overcomes its soft-core stigma with an art-house earnestness of purpose, which appears in the form of improvisational dialogue and a steadily wandering camera. (Elias Koteas appears in both films as well). Yet this film's focus is diffused among five strippers, whose stock ambitions -- one aspires to be a poet, another to foster a child -- achieve poignancy in the hands of these actresses. Hannah does her most nuanced work yet, giving a soulful variation on her usual ditz role, characterized by inspired off-the-cuff babbling. Tilly also excels as a psychotic burnout, but the real surprise may be Sandra Oh, whose subtlety has long been forcibly repressed on HBO's grating slapstick comedy Arli$$.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/2001
  • UPC: 031398787020
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,478

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlotte Ayanna Jessie
Daryl Hannah Angel
Sheila Kelley "Stormy" Marie Hughes
Sandra Oh Jasmine
Jennifer Tilly Jo
Elias Koteas Sully
Vladimir Mashkov Sacha
Robert Wisdom Eddie Hazel
W. Earl Brown Bobby
Kristin Bauer Nico
Jesse Bradford Jorge
Rod Rowland Charlie
Chris Hogan Dennis
David Amos Dave
Carolyne Aycaguer Sophie Delvaux, poetress
R.C. Bates Jimmy
Christina Cabot Christina
Bill Chott Angel's Regular
Maurice Compte drug buyer
Jack Conley Officer Pete Foster
Marta Cunningham Yolanda
Pete Gardner Jerry, S&M Client
Ruthanna Hopper Desiree
Stephen Hornyak trucker
Kevin Hunt DJ
Peggy Jo Jacobs Sarah, adoption official
Joel Hurt Jones customer
Jason Kravitz Gordon
Michael Loprete Stormy's regular
Ellyn Maybe Fiona, poetress
Tenya Neilson Castle
Buckley Norris talking man
Isabelle Pasco female customer
Shannon Ransom bartender
Vincenzo Ricotta customer
Harper Roisman Harry Goldberg
Ted Rooney assistant
Lobo Sebastian rough looking guy
Thomas Sherlorke Jo's turned on customer
Igbal Theba clerk
John K. Thomas poetry man
Technical Credits
Michael Radford Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Bruce Barris Sound Editor
Ram Bergman Producer
Tal Bergman Score Composer
Graham Broadbent Producer
Martina Buckley Production Designer
Farah Bunch Makeup
Elaine Chin Executive Producer
Ericson Core Cinematographer
David Franco Musical Direction/Supervision
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Samuel Hadida Executive Producer
Sharon Howard-Field Casting
Alain Jakubowicz Editor
Damian Jones Producer
Sheila Kelley Producer
Lance Laurienzo Sound Editor
David Linter Screenwriter
Dana Lustig Producer
Anthony R. Milch Sound Editor
Darin Moran Camera Operator
Trevor Murray Art Director
Renato Neto Score Composer
Alex Patsavas Musical Direction/Supervision
James Pearson Sound Editor
Roberto Perpignani Editor
Peter Pilafian Camera Operator
Leslie Jean Porter Executive Producer
Rick Rodier Makeup
Suzanne Rodier Makeup
Kim Secrist Sound Editor
Etchie Stroh Producer
Chris Tunney Set Decoration/Design
Michael J. Walker Camera Operator
Donald L. Warner Jr. Sound Editor
Bernard Weiser Sound Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Phone Call [4:15]
2. Under Control [5:36]
3. Audition [5:57]
4. Sweet Jessie [5:16]
5. Exceptions [5:34]
6. Poetry [3:40]
7. Pregnant [5:04]
8. Character Flaws [5:30]
9. Memento [5:06]
10. Cutting Out [5:17]
11. Making Spaceships [3:38]
12. Flowers [5:43]
13. Up Front [5:46]
14. Kiss the Poet [3:19]
15. Degradation [5:53]
16. Good People [5:24]
17. This Is Your Life [4:23]
18. Glasses [3:28]
19. Good Seat [5:24]
20. Family Reunion [3:06]
21. Nico [5:32]
22. Dreamy Dress-Man [4:17]
23. Woman-to-Woman [12:03]
24. End Credits [4:03]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary by Michael Radford: On
      Director's Commentary by Michael Radford: Off
      Production Commentary: On
      Production Commentary: Off
      Documentary
      Alternative Takes & Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         I Didn't Inhale
         Double Jointed
         Drug Deal
         Dressing Room
         Puffing
         Feng Shui
         No Smoking
         Charming
   Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice, but no ''Joy Luck Club ''

    The movie follows the lives of 5 stripper at the Blue Iguana club. This movie could have been a lot like the Joy Luck Club as we watch how each of these characters change through their experiences. Unfortunately, the only engaging story I found was about Jasmine (Sandra Oh) who tries to find love. Too much time was spend with Angel (Darryl Hannah) who is good-natured but so naive that when things don't work out for her you can't feel too sympathetic. I wanted to see the story of Jessie (Charlotte Ayanna) more developed. Had all the stories been as interesting as the Jasmine's, this could have been a pretty good film. Instead, it's a film that was only partly realized. I thought the acting was fine (particularly Oh and Ayanna). There is a lot of nudity in this movie.

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