Errol Morris DVD Collection

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Overview

Three outstanding films from one of America's greatest documentary filmmakers are collected in this special DVD box set. The Errol Morris DVD Collection features the movies Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and Vernon, Florida. All three films have been transferred to disc in their original aspect ratios: Gates of Heaven is in the full-frame format at 1.33:1, Vernon, Florida is letterboxed at 1.66:1, and The Thin Blue Line is letterboxed at 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio ...
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Overview

Three outstanding films from one of America's greatest documentary filmmakers are collected in this special DVD box set. The Errol Morris DVD Collection features the movies Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and Vernon, Florida. All three films have been transferred to disc in their original aspect ratios: Gates of Heaven is in the full-frame format at 1.33:1, Vernon, Florida is letterboxed at 1.66:1, and The Thin Blue Line is letterboxed at 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio for The Thin Blue Line has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround, while the other two films are in Dolby Digital Mono; all three are in English, with optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. The Thin Blue Line includes a bonus episode of Errol Morris' documentary television series First Person, but the other two discs include no additional material.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This three-disc set compiles three early efforts by Errol Morris, one of cinema’s most gifted documentary storytellers. Fascinated by America’s unusual mixture of the bizarre and the banal, Morris at the outset of his filmmaking career trained his camera on people and places seldom covered by mainstream media outlets. In Gates of Heaven 1978, he visits a pet cemetery in Southern California and films bereaved owners who go to extraordinary and occasionally hilarious lengths to memorialize their beloved animals. Morris allows plenty of room for his subjects to drift off on various tangents, making for some of the film's most memorable scenes. Even better is Vernon, Florida 1981. Morris visited the titular town because it had the highest rate of insurance fraud involving dismemberment for profit -- but stayed when he found the residents to be some of the most genuinely quirky folks ever caught on film. There’s the zookeeper who “kick-starts” his turtles, the worm farmer upset that his prized, imported night crawlers have been lost to nearby swamps, an elderly couple who believe sand grows in a jar, and an obsessive but singularly ineffectual turkey hunter. Morris’s ongoing interest in the country’s less affluent, marginalized citizens veers into social commentary with The Thin Blue Line 1988, an impassioned look at a luckless hitchhiker sentenced to life in prison after being convicted -- wrongly, as it turned out -- of murdering a Texas police officer. A highly charged example of advocacy journalism, this award-winning film persuaded officials to reopen the case and eventually resulted in the prisoner’s exoneration. Morris is a master craftsman; he knows how to precisely assemble disparate pieces of film to create a compelling narrative and evoke the emotional response he’s aiming for. He is at turns fascinated and provocative, and his cinematic storytelling reflects singularly obsessive passion for his subjects, whether good, bad, or just plain peculiar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • UPC: 027616902344
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 4:01:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Errol Morris Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Gates of Heaven
1. Main Title/Inspiration [5:46]
2. Glue Factory [4:56]
3. Growing the Trade [5:01]
4. Cat in the Dryer [5:23]
5. Singing for His Supper [4:59]
6. Exhumation [5:39]
7. "These Kids" [5:33]
8. Bubbling Well [5:53]
9. The Meaning of Life [3:56]
10. A Fine Education [5:03]
11. At the Gates of Heaven [5:28]
12. "Mind Over Matter" [5:08]
13. Possibilities [5:37]
14. Alone [4:31]
15. The Power of Prayer [5:18]
16. Hopes and Dreams [4:13]
Side #2 -- The Thin Blue Line
1. Main Title/"It Happened" [4:13]
2. Officer Down [1:40]
3. A Casual Interrogation [3:30]
4. What She Remembered [6:34]
5. A Break in Vidor [3:27]
6. David Harris' Version [2:46]
7. ...And Randall Adams' [7:30]
8. A Vega or a Comet [2:36]
9. Enter the Lawyers [9:16]
10. Two Hours Late [6:01]
11. Mrs. Miller's Story [6:51]
12. "They Were Scum" [2:52]
13. The Third Witness [2:50]
14. The Killer Shrink [7:17]
15. Death and the DA [3:12]
16. No New Trial [6:34]
17. Harris Never Changed [8:29]
18. Caught Up at Last [4:08]
19. A Nice Kid [4:13]
20. Last Interview/Credits [7:19]
Side #3 -- Vernon, Florida
1. Main Title/Home [3:33]
2. Gobble, Gobble [3:42]
3. Connected to the Backbone [3:07]
4. Bridge Game [3:36]
5. 114 Perch [3:02]
6. High and Dry [3:32]
7. Playing Possum [3:40]
8. Trophies [3:04]
9. History Lessons [2:53]
10. He Did it His Way [2:45]
11. Praying for a Van [3:05]
12. "A Therefore Experience" [4:22]
13. Lost in the Woods [2:33]
14. Luck [4:29]
15. "That Just Happened" [3:10]
16. Growing Sand [4:55]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Gates of Heaven
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Español
      Français
      None
   Trailers
      Errol Morris' First Person: The Complete Series - Watch Trailer
      Coffe and Cigarettes - Watch Trailer
      The Saddest Music of the World - Watch Trailer
      Kitchen Stories - Watch Trailer
      MGM Means Gret Movies
      More Great MGM Releases
Side #2 -- The Thin Blue Line
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Español
      Français
      None
   Special Features
      "Mr. Personality" First Person TV Episode
      Other Great MGM Releases
         Errol Morris' First Person: The Complete Series - Watch Trailer
         Coffee and Cigarettes - Watch Trailer
         The Saddest Music in the World - Watch Trailer
         Kitchen Stories - Watch Trailer
         More Great MGM Releases
Side #3 -- Vernon, Florida
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Español
      Français
      None
   Trailers
      Errol Morris' First Person: The Complete Series - Watch Trailer
      Coffe and Cigarettes - Watch Trailer
      The Saddest Music of the World - Watch Trailer
      Kitchen Stories - Watch Trailer
      MGM Means Gret Movies
      More Great MGM Releases
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