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Edo Bertoglio's film about the New York art scene of the eighties, Downtown 81, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from screenwriter Glenn O'Brien and producer Maripol, outtakes, a featurette produced for the Sundance channel, still photos, and biographies of the cast. ...
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Edo Bertoglio's film about the New York art scene of the eighties, Downtown 81, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from screenwriter Glenn O'Brien and producer Maripol, outtakes, a featurette produced for the Sundance channel, still photos, and biographies of the cast. This is a fascinating disc from Zeitgest.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by screenwriter/co-producer Glenn O'Brien and producer Maripol; Archival footage; Outtakes; Behind the scenes interview with the filmmakers; Photo gallery of the film and '80s New York; Interactive map of the films location; Filmmaker, musician and cast bios
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • UPC: 795975102537
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Michel Basquiat Jean
Anna Schroeder Beatrice
Marshall Chess
Danny Rosen
Walter Steding
Lisa Rosen
The Plastics
Steve Mass
Saul Williams
Deborah Harry
Kid Creole & the Coconuts
Tuxedomoon
Fab Five Freddy
Technical Credits
Edo Bertoglio Director
Pamela French Editor
John Lurie Score Composer
Maripol Art Director, Producer
Robert Mayer Sound/Sound Designer
John McNulty Cinematographer
Patrick Montgomery Co-producer
Glenn O'Brien Co-producer, Screenwriter
Michael Zilkha Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:19]
2. Hospital/Freedom [5:22]
3. Beatrice/Downtown [2:08]
4. Eviction/War Zone [4:14]
5. Social Club Rap [2:03]
6. Tuxedomoon/Bus Stop [4:36]
7. Strip Club/Drawing [6:36]
8. Mrs. Cavalcanti [3:02]
9. Stolen Equipment [8:52]
10. Plastics/Fashion [5:07]
11. Kid Creole & Coati Mundi [7:44]
12. James White and the Blacks [5:05]
13. Walter Steding/Elevator [4:21]
14. Kiss/Wish/Drive [6:36]
15. End Credits [3:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary On
      Commentary Off
   Outtakes
      Play Outtakes
   Basquiat on TV Party
      Play Clip
   An Interview With the Filmmakers
      Play Interview
   Photo Gallery
      Downtown 81 Film Stills
         Start Gallery
      Portraits of Basquiat and Friends
         Start Gallery
      Portraits of an Era
         Start Gallery
   Cast and Band Bios
      Jean-Michel Basquiat
      Deborah Harry
      DNA
      Kid Creole and the Coconuts
      The Plastics
      Walter Steding
      Tuxedomoon
      James White and the Blacks
   Filmmaker Bios
      Edo Bertoglio
      Glenn O'Brien
      Maripol
      Michael Zilkha
   Location Map
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares, so go downtown-PC

    Downtown 81'

    In this magical feature film, artist extraordinaire Jean-Michel Basquiat is in full form, nineteen and almost ready to hear those post-graffiti fan screams. In one day, we see him leave a hospital having suffered some mysterious illness, get evicted from his run down East Village apartment, try to sell a painting, get paid for it by check, have his band's equipment stolen, chase down a beautiful model he had met, and live life to the fullest. For the artistically inclined, it is a wondrous sight to see Basquiat graffiti writing his poetic revelations on decrepit walls and in books. Little vignettes abound when Basquiat, bright eyed and bushy tailed, runs into his artist friends including Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, and Debby Harry (of Blondie). The film is interspersed with performances by new wave artists including: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, The Plastics, James White and the Blacks, DNA, etc, punctuated with scenes of the rhythms and rap of hip hop. To say this film technically looks a little low budget would be an understatement. But that is where its charm lies. The simple hand held nature of the camera coincides with the innocence and exuberance of these artists before they are swept away into the artistic halls of stardom. Downtown 81 offers a fictionalized version of a day in the life of the young Jean-Michel, a day that included drawing, creating, laughing, and dancing. Although he died only seven years later, in this film, we are reminded of the pleasure he took with his friends in providing us the masterpieces he has left behind. -Danelle Augustin

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