Diner

Overview

Barry Levinson's directorial debut (and his first semi-autobiographical "Baltimore" film), Diner was a critically acclaimed minor hit when it was first released. This Warner DVD release of Diner has a crisp widescreen transfer and Digital Dolby 2.0 soundtrack that conforms with the original theatrical mono mix. There are a few nice extras, but it's the movie itself that makes this DVD worthwhile. The real meaningful bonus here is a new "making of" documentary that features interviews with Levinson and most of the...
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Overview

Barry Levinson's directorial debut (and his first semi-autobiographical "Baltimore" film), Diner was a critically acclaimed minor hit when it was first released. This Warner DVD release of Diner has a crisp widescreen transfer and Digital Dolby 2.0 soundtrack that conforms with the original theatrical mono mix. There are a few nice extras, but it's the movie itself that makes this DVD worthwhile. The real meaningful bonus here is a new "making of" documentary that features interviews with Levinson and most of the movie's cast. It's zippy and entertaining, but doesn't quite offer the kind of insight that a good audio commentary would. The documentary reveals that nuance was so important to Levinson that he had the male cast members share a tiny trailer instead of a motel during the shoot. He hoped that the relationships established while hanging out would work their way into their scenes together. The documentary also allows the cast to correct Diner's only major flaw; Levinson has the music nut played by Daniel Stern win an argument that Johnny Mathis is a better singer than Frank Sinatra.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary:"Diner: On the Flip Side" with all-new introduction featuring writer/director Barry Levinson and the film's stars; Interactive menus; 2 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
This talk-heavy comedy, set in 1950s Baltimore, marked Barry Levinson's directorial debut. Filled with excellent dialogue (the screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award) and star-making performances, the largely-unknown-at-the-time cast includes Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, and Ellen Barkin (it marked the big screen debuts of the latter two performers). The rampant immaturity of the male quintet of friends is amusingly lampooned in Levinson's clever and cutting script, a refreshingly honest depiction of an era often bathed in sepia-toned nostalgia. The male bonding rituals that tie together these aimless protagonists are presented as both childish and endearing, allowing the audience to laugh both with and at the protagonists. The setting is an immaculate and loving recreation of Levinson's childhood haunts, and the wonderful soundtrack makes the retro-experience complete and fulfilling. Diner was the first of Levinson's so-called Baltimore trilogy, which includes Tin Men (1987) and Avalon (1990). His television series of the mid-1990's, Homicide, was likewise set in his beloved Baltimore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/1999
  • UPC: 012569507722
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,601

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Daly William 'Billy' Howard
Steve Guttenberg Edward 'Eddie' Simmons
Daniel Stern Laurence "Shrevie" Schreiber
Mickey Rourke Robert "Boogie" Sheftell
Kevin Bacon Timothy Fenwick, Jr.
Ellen Barkin Beth
Paul Reiser Modell
Michael Tucker Bagel
Kathryn Dowling Barbara
Jessica James Mrs. Simmons
Colette Blonigan Carol Heathrow
John Aquino Tank
Nat Benchley Technical Director
Allison Caine Voice Only
Ellen Chenoweth
Barney Cohen Knocks
Brian Costantini Drunk at Wedding
Claudia Cron Jane Chisholm
Clement Fowler Eddie's Father
Marvin Hunter Newscaster
Alan Kaplan Bagel's Friend
Kelle Kipp Diane
Bruce Kluger Guy at Fool Hall
Mark Margolis Earl Maget
Arnold Mazer Gripper
Florence Moody Waitress
Richard Pierson David Frazer
Steve Smith Announcer
Ralph Tabakin TV Customer
Tom Tammi Howard
Sharon Ziman Bride
Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director, Screenwriter
Ted Bafaloukos Production Designer
Bruce Brody Score Composer
Irving Buchman Makeup
D. Scott Easton Asst. Director
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Leon R. Harris Art Director
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Král Score Composer
Stu Linder Editor
Mark Johnson Executive Producer
Win Phelps Asst. Director
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Peter Sova Cinematographer
Jerry Weintraub Producer
R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Retrieving Fenwick (Shout) [4:30]
2. Diner-bound (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) [1:54]
3. Roadside Prank [2:14]
4. Makeout Music and A Sandwich [3:23]
5. Betting Men [4:50]
6. Billy's Home [2:46]
7. Wake Up, Eddie [4:19]
8. Shevie's TV Crittic [2:19]
9. The Pool Hall [1:39]
10. Getting Disgusting at A Summer Place [5:10]
11. Even with Willard [2:31]
12. The TV Station [1:42]
13. Whenever You Want It [3:05]
14. The Menu's Left Side [5:13]
15. Jane Chrisholm [1:51]
16. Babrara's News [1:33]
17. GE College Bowl [:55]
18. Don't Touch! [2:43]
19. Comforting Betty (Ain't Got No Home) [3:40]
20. "You have a brother" [1:57]
21. Seal Analyzed [1:44]
22. Manger Scene [:51]
23. Behind Bars [2:34]
24. Eddie's Confession [2:15]
25. Their Soap Opera [2:01]
26. Rough Stuff [1:53]
27. No Sense of Herself [3:00]
28. The Football Test [4:16]
29. Their date (Somethin' Else) [3:30]
30. The Move [7:15]
31. Paid In Full [1:45]
32. Always A Dreamer [1:55]
33. Picking Up the Beat [1:36]
34. "Didn't you show her?" [4:14]
35. Wedding Day [1:27]
36. A Toast [4:38]
37. Conversational End Credits [2:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      Director's Introduction
      Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
      The Baltimore Films
         "Diner" (1982)
         "Tin Men" (1987)
         "Avalon" (1990)
         "Liberty Heights" (1999)
      Diner Theatrical Trailer
      Liberty Heights Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Off
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