Echo Park

Echo Park

Director: Robert Dornhelm

Cast: Robert Dornhelm, Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Michael Bowen

     
 
Robert Dornhelm's charming Echo Park comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental

Overview

Robert Dornhelm's charming Echo Park comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailers. This is a solid release from MGM/UA.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Echo Park is the kind of film you might stumble across late at night on cable, and ask yourself what the blazes you're watching. This strange nugget of '80s cinema is purportedly a character study about eccentric residents of L.A.'s Echo Park neighborhood -- May Greer (Susan Dey), a single mother who pays the rent via stripper-grams, and Jonathan (Tom Hulce), a pizza delivery guy who wants to be a musician. But, a byproduct of the film's Austrian roots is that there's a bizarre third character infiltrating their boy-girl romantic dynamic, an Arnold Schwarzenegger-worshipping Aryan body builder named August (Michael Bowen) suited for no greater function than the "wacky neighbor." He instead becomes a central figure, perhaps even the protagonist. This unconventional structure informs numerous other plot points, and the overall sense is that aliens are playing the roles of humans. The most glaring problem is that Dey's character is essentially profane and unlikable, an unfit mother who doesn't achieve the redemption that's usually in store for her type of character. Never mind her profession -- rarely is she home at the times a mother should be, and she thinks nothing of letting her son ride around in Jonathan's ramshackle delivery truck, which (for reasons unknown) is missing its doors, possessing only a flimsy chain on each side to separate a passenger from certain death. Undoubtedly intended as a quirky comedy, Echo Park wildly shifts tones, veering off into melodrama one minute, corny slapstick the next. The saving grace is that despite bearing the undeniable stamp of the '80s, it's also got a grungy recklessness that makes it seem like a holdover from the '70s, possibly explaining some of its failure to play by the rules. Consequently, Echo Park is intermittently interesting, but more often, it displays the peculiar abruptness of a cult film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2001
UPC:
0027616869494
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Dey May Greer
Tom Hulce Jonathan
Michael Bowen August
Christopher Walker Henry Greer
Shirley Jo Finney Gloria
Timothy Carey Vinnie
Cassandra Peterson Sheri
Heinrich Schweiger August's Father
John Paragon Hugo
Top Jimmy Bar Customer
Cheech Marin Sid
Martin Suppan Austrian Consul
Robert Shafer Commercial Director
Dorothy Dells Consulate Secretary
Yana Nirvana Woman in Bar
Paul Anselmo Policeman
Jesse Aragon Policeman
Robert Cabral Policeman
Peter Drain Bar Customer
John Pochna Bar Customer
Dee Cooper Man in Park
Douglas M. Ford Biker
Stephen Gaines Desk Sergeant
Fred Leaf Burt Reynolds' Look-Alike
Mary Thompson Prospective Roommate
Anne Marie Bates Prospective Roommate
Jason Mayall Prospective Roommate
Renee LeBallister Prospective Roommate
Michael Marloe Party-Goer
Jim Smith Party-Goer
Skip O'Brien Prisoner
Biff Yeager Jailer
Jacki Easton Toelle Girl in Commercial
Bob Moss Birthday Boy
Doug Knott Birthday Man
James Helppi Guest in Elevator
George W. Scott Man with Tip
De Schneider Real Estate Secretary
Patricia Tippo Telegram Stripper
Max Trumpower Telegram Stripper
Penny Harris Telegram Stripper
Merrill Ward Telegram Stripper
Dana Collins Telegram Stripper

Technical Credits
Robert Dornhelm Director
David Boerwald Songwriter
Tom Boles Songwriter
Patti Callicott Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernt Amadeus Capra Production Designer
Dean Chamberlain Songwriter
Bo Harwood Songwriter
Karl Kofler Cinematographer
Ingrid Koller Editor
James Big Boy Medlin Screenwriter
Black Patti Songwriter
Bobbi Permanent Songwriter
Steve Richardson Songwriter
David Rickets Score Composer
Doug Sahn Songwriter
Shandi Songwriter
Chris Shaw Songwriter
Walter Shenson Producer
Michael Ventura Screenwriter
Mark Walton Songwriter
John Wilson Songwriter
James Woods Songwriter
Bill Wyman Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Bad Dream/Main Title [:10]
2. Roommate Hunt [:08]
3. Pizza Delivery [5:11]
4. Neighbors [6:05]
5. Work [5:10]
6. Audition [4:55]
7. Considering Hank [4:21]
8. First Gig [6:46]
9. Some Bad Dudes [5:54]
10. Dream On [6:56]
11. Lonely Dragon Slayer [4:15]
12. Beach Celebration [5:26]
13. Breakdown [4:09]
14. Low Point [4:43]
15. Mom the Bomb [5:14]
16. Break/End Credits [5:59]
Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Bad Dream/Main Title [5:19]
2. Roommate Hunt [6:05]
3. Pizza Delivery [5:10]
4. Neighbors [4:55]
5. Work [4:21]
6. Audition [6:46]
7. Considering Hank [5:54]
8. First Gig [6:56]
9. Some Bad Dudes [4:15]
10. Dream On [5:26]
11. Lonely Dragon Slayer [4:09]
12. Beach Celebration [4:43]
13. Breakdown [5:14]
14. Low Point [5:59]
15. Mom the Bomb [6:46]
16. Break/End Credits [7:24]

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