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Dolores Claiborne
     

Dolores Claiborne

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Director: Taylor Hackford, Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt

Cast: Taylor Hackford, Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt

 

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Five years after winning an Academy Award in Rob Reiner's adaptation of the Stephen King novel Misery, Kathy Bates returned to familiar territory in the dramatic thriller Dolores Claiborne, also based on a best-selling book by Stephen King. Directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christopher Plummer, this Warner Brothers DVD

Overview

Five years after winning an Academy Award in Rob Reiner's adaptation of the Stephen King novel Misery, Kathy Bates returned to familiar territory in the dramatic thriller Dolores Claiborne, also based on a best-selling book by Stephen King. Directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christopher Plummer, this Warner Brothers DVD edition of Dolores Claiborne includes an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer that looks very sharp. Shrouded in drab grays and blues, Dolores Claiborne is a very dark movie with only hints of bright colors and crisp flesh tones. However, the darkness doesn't hinder the image, as the blue and gray levels are very precise and clear. Some dirt and grain is spotted, but overall this is a very well-done transfer filled with little to no edge enhancement and only the slightest amount of shimmer. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (in both French and English) and, unfortunately, is not quite as impressive as the transfer. Dolores Claiborne is a good example of a movie that might have greatly benefited from a new Dolby Digital 5.1 remix. As it stands, this track is clean of any defects or distortion. The dialogue, effects, and music are all evenly mixed, most prominently Danny Elfman's darkly lush score, which can be heard over most of the track. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. Dolores Claiborne might be considered almost bare bones if it weren't for a commentary track by director Taylor Hackford. Although the track is not as fun as some audio commentaries, Hackford certainly is chatty and generous with behind-the-scenes stories on the making of the film. Fans should delight in some coveted information on author Stephen King, as well as what was kept and cut from the book to the screen. Also included on this disc are cast and crew biographies on the principal film participants, as well as a short article on how the filmmakers concocted the special effects for the solar eclipse. Mysteriously lacking is a theatrical trailer for the film itself. If not filled to the brim with extras, this edition of Dolores Claiborne should keep viewers warm on those long, cold Maine nights.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Having given her best, Oscar-winning performance in Misery (1990), actress Kathy Bates returns to the well (so to speak) of Stephen King adaptations with this dour but moving drama. Bates had a richer, more full-bodied character to play in the earlier film to be sure, but she does a remarkable job here of bringing to life a woman who is stronger than she seems at first glance. In fact, Dolores is ultimately revealed to be tougher than a hickory knot, and it's a testament to Bates's skill as an actress that she is convincing throughout most of the film as soft, yielding, and thoroughly weak, but renders believable the sudden revelation of Dolores's true nature. Jennifer Jason Leigh thankfully relinquishes the distracting affectations of some previous roles while Christopher Plummer sinks his teeth into the part of a detective clearly in the mold of Inspector Javert from Les Miserables. Although a timeworn device that filmmakers should be discouraged from employing, director Taylor Hackford utilizes the flashback sequence to great effect, understanding that King's dour tale is not really about a rural murder case but about how the past can so powerfully inform and control the present. Somber and depressing, Dolores Claiborne won't be to the taste of many horror-loving King fans, but the film's a well-acted emotional journey that ultimately proves worth taking.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
UPC:
0053939254822
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
2,738

Special Features

Feature-length commentary by director Taylor Hackford; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathy Bates Dolores Claiborne
Jennifer Jason Leigh Selena St. George
Judy Parfitt Vera Donovan
Christopher Plummer Detective John Mackey
David Strathairn Joe St. Goerge
Eric Bogosian Peter
Frank Adamson Detective Supervisor
Roy Cooper Magistrate
Bob Gunton Mr Pease
John Benjamin Hickey Actor
John C. Reilly Constable Frank Stamshaw
Wayne Robson Sammy Marchant
Vernon Steele Ferry Vendor

Technical Credits
Taylor Hackford Director,Producer
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Freddie Cooper Camera Operator
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer,Songwriter
Glen Gauthier Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gilroy Screenwriter
Michael Francis Kelly Associate Producer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer
Ted Ross Special Effects
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Steve Shewchuk Set Decoration/Design
Mark Warner Editor
Dan Yarhi Art Director
Stephen King Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Caught In The Act [3:34]
2. Selena Heads Home [4:01]
3. A Little More To This [3:13]
4. Being A Bitch [4:30]
5. House Of Memories [6:43]
6. Where We Are [4:02]
7. Wanna See The Dark Side? [3:38]
8. Payback [5:01]
9. Years Of Vera Donovan [6:52]
10. By The Root [2:36]
11. Doing His Job [2:55]
12. It's Over [2:07]
13. On Her Head [2:12]
14. A Bad Patch [5:26]
15. Her Scrapbook [3:22]
16. Vera's Legacy [2:17]
17. Never Feel Better [6:02]
18. Kill Me Now [3:19]
19. Define Our Terms [3:47]
20. Truth Of The Ferry [3:04]
21. Missing Money [5:54]
22. What Selena Doesn't Remember [2:16]
23. An Unhappy Woman's Best Friend [6:16]
24. Vera's Offer [2:24]
25. Enjoy The Day [3:32]
26. Fury Under The Eclipse [4:35]
27. The Last Of Joe [2:58]
28. Nobody's Gonna See [4:54]
29. What's Not In The Report [4:57]
30. Why We're Really Her [6:28]
31. Not Gonna Lose Me [3:24]
32. End Credits [4:54]

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Dolores Claiborne 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Suesie More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie... the book was great and the movie was amazing. Kathy Bates did an amzing job as Dolores, you felt or her character, from the husband to Jennifer Jason Leigh's selena..i like the way the movie goes from scene to scene in differnet color, portraying the young Dolores is a bright color and the older Dolores in a midnight dark blue, seeing how time has ravaged this woman.. its a great movie recomend to everyone.
nazareth62 More than 1 year ago
This is hands down one of the best movies I've ever seen! The story is thrilling and compelling. I've watched this movie so many times I know all of the characters lines. If you love good story telling then this is for you! It is both a testament to what human beings are capable of doing when they love someone and it's played to the hilt by the wonderful Kathy Bates! I had never heard of Ms. Bates when she did Misery and now she's 1 of my favorite actresses. I recommend Misery, Delores Claiborne and Fried Green Tomatoes! This woman chooses roles that she fills up and you just can't imagine anyone else playing these parts! Bravo Ms. Bates! Don't miss this film!
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