Dottie Gets Spanked

Dottie Gets Spanked

Director: Todd Haynes, Evan Bonifant, Barbara Garrick

Cast: Todd Haynes, Evan Bonifant, Barbara Garrick

     
 
Todd Haynes has amassed an exceptional record as a filmmaker, between Poison and Far From Heaven, and on this DVD he adds another notch to his achievements with his commentary track for his 1993 PBS-financed short Dottie Gets Spanked. His recollections and observations about the movie are fascinating, highly informative, and occasionally poignant

Overview

Todd Haynes has amassed an exceptional record as a filmmaker, between Poison and Far From Heaven, and on this DVD he adds another notch to his achievements with his commentary track for his 1993 PBS-financed short Dottie Gets Spanked. His recollections and observations about the movie are fascinating, highly informative, and occasionally poignant (and even funny at times), as he slides effortlessly between his own childhood inspiration for the movie -- which he also wrote -- and the actual production; student filmmakers and even some professionals could learn something about getting unusual and difficult projects off the ground from his observations, as well as the nuts-and-bolts of making pictures on a low budget (who would have thought that they lost a major -- even key -- cast member on a little 27 minute short, or replaced her so effectively?). As to the disc itself, it offers a state-of-the-art transfer (full-screen, 1.33-to-1), which looks far richer and crisper than this reviewer remembers the original broadcast -- indeed, the black-and-white scenes look amazing -- and also sounds better than the telecast did. The short has been given a half-dozen well-selected (and well-named) chapters. Apart from Haynes' commentary, which is worth the price of the disc by itself, the main bonus feature is the excruciatingly funny He Was Once, a 1989 short directed and written by Mary Hestand, starring and co-produced by Haynes, that brutally satirizes the old claymation kids show Davey And Goliath in its look and style -- indeed, this might be the best short subject of this sort that this reviewer has seen since Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, and it's a lot more intense. It's transferred (full-screen, 1.33-to-1) better than some full-length features of the same era, and the whole DVD represents an exceptional effort by Zeitgeist Films. The disc opens automatically to an entertaining and easy-to-use menu. The DVD offers the commentary track by way of the "audio" button on the remote, incidentally, rather than directly through the on-screen menu.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
UPC:
0795975105637
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Zeitgeist Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
0:45:00
Sales rank:
75,833

Special Features

Closed Caption; New audio commentary by Todd Haynes; Rare 1989 short film He Was Once: an inventive parody of 1960s kiddie claymation show Davey and Goliath, co-starring and co-produced by Haynes; Behind-the-scenes production photos; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Favorite Show [3:04]
2. The Contest [6:35]
3. Feminino [4:03]
4. Lucky Winner [2:53]
5. A Naughty Girl [3:32]
6. Minor Celebrity [9:31]
1. Davey Sees the Beast [3:11]
2. The Prodigal Supper [5:36]
3. Sally's Dream [2:15]
4. Revelations [1:20]
5. Sins of the Father [:47]
6. Davey's Dream [2:55]

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