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Too character-driven and subtle to immediately click with a large audience, the critically acclaimed The Fabulous Baker Boys has earned a large following since its initial 1989 release. This Live Entertainment DVD of the movie doesn't seem like the definitive edition at first, but it's actually much better than the packaging suggests. The widescreen transfer is not in the superior anamorphic process, but it is excellent. Set mainly in Seattle's nocturnal jazz clubs, seedy lounges, luxury ballrooms, and ...
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DVD Brothers Jack and Frank Baker are cocktail lounge piano players whose career has hit a sour note. They need a little charm and sex appeal to liven up their act-what they get ... is Susie Diamond, a beautiful, but hard-talking, chain-smoking singer. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress--Michelle Pfeiffer, Best Original Score. Read more Show Less

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Too character-driven and subtle to immediately click with a large audience, the critically acclaimed The Fabulous Baker Boys has earned a large following since its initial 1989 release. This Live Entertainment DVD of the movie doesn't seem like the definitive edition at first, but it's actually much better than the packaging suggests. The widescreen transfer is not in the superior anamorphic process, but it is excellent. Set mainly in Seattle's nocturnal jazz clubs, seedy lounges, luxury ballrooms, and rain-soaked streets, Michael Ballhaus' beautifully moody camerawork captures the feeling of a jazz ballad. The audio track is in Dolby Digital Surround and the jazz-heavy score sounds great coming out of a stereo system, but is equally well balanced when fed through the television set. In what must be an odd oversight, Live Entertainment has buried a spoken commentary (it's not listed on the DVD box but look under "Audio" on the menu) by the movie's acclaimed cinematographer, Michael Ballhaus, who earned an Oscar nomination for his exquisite work here. The German Ballhaus isn't a stirring English-language orator, but his natural warmth shines through as he speaks of his fondness for this movie and goes into much detail about how he approached the shoot and about the importance of collaboration. The average movie fan may not be interested by Ballhaus listing f-stops and lenses used in certain shots, but filmmakers and students will be enthralled. At one point Ballhaus describes how Mike Nichols called him one night after he had seen the movie and demanded to know how he shot The Fabulous Baker Boys' balcony scene. Not only did Ballhaus tell Nichols how he shot this beautiful sequence but has now gone on and told the world.
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Special Features

Widescreen and standard; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Spanish subtitles; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and crew information
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The Fabulous Baker Boys was Steve Kloves's first time in the director's seat and only his second screenwriting credit, but nowhere does the inexperience show. He confidently crafts a story rich with realistic characters, genuine feeling, and an ample amount of beautiful music. Not a lot actually happens in the film, but that's part of its charm. Casting real-life brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges made Kloves' job a lot easier: they're so convincing that one wonders whether the story might have touched on any actual rivalries between them. Michelle Pfeiffer earned an Oscar nomination for one of her finest performances; her classic piano-top rendition of "Makin' Whoopee" is enough to make the film worth seeing. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus also deserves credit for his work here, bringing a sensual glow to the film and the performers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1998
  • UPC: 012236048503
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Jack Baker
Michelle Pfeiffer Suzie Diamond, Suzie Diamont
Beau Bridges Frank Baker
Ellie Raab Nina
Jennifer Tilly Monica Moran
Xander Berkeley Lloyd
Steve Alterman Voice Only
Beege Barkett Waitress
David Coburn Kid in Veterinarian's Office
Drake the Dog Eddie
Bradford English Earl
Martina Finch Bad Singer
Greg Finley Voice Only
Nancy Fish Laughing Bar Patron
Winifred Freedman Bad Singer
Wendy Goldman Bad Singer
Albert Hall Henry
J.D. Hall Voice Only
Robert Henry Doorman
Doris Hess Voice Only
D.D. Howard Bad Singer
Rosanna Huffman Voice Only
Gregory Itzin Vince Nancy
Todd Jeffries Theo
Howard Matthew Johnson Bathroom Attendant
John La Fayette
Ken Lerner Ray
Tina Lifford Voice Only
Dakin Matthews Charlie
Arlin Miller Voice Only
Wallis Nicita
Stuart Nisbet Veterinarian
Jeffrey J. Nowinski Hotel Masseuse
Paige Pollack Voice Only
Lisa Raggio Bad Singer
Vickilyn Reynolds Bad Singer
Stephanie Ryan Voice Only
Terri Treas Girl in Bed
Carole Ita White Bad Singer
Del Zamora Man with Cleaver
Technical Credits
Steve Kloves Director, Screenwriter
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Julie Bergman Associate Producer
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
William Finnegan Co-producer
Robin Foreman Associate Producer
Don Gibbin Jr. Set Decoration/Design
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Peggy Holmes Choreography
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Wallis Nicita Casting
John Pochron Stunts
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Mark Rosenberg Co-producer
Ronnie Spector Makeup
William Steinkamp Editor
Jeffrey Townsend Production Designer
Paula Weinstein Co-producer
Robert E. Worthington Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [3:23]
2. Miracle Hair [2:19]
3. Critique [1:25]
4. Lessons [2:06]
5. Class [2:38]
6. Auditions [3:02]
7. Surreal [4:20]
8. Alarm Clock [2:38]
9. Switch [3:40]
10. Apology [1:54]
11. Stompin' [2:08]
12. The Game [1:39]
13. "Lost Soul" [2:28]
14. Communications [1:44]
15. Eggnog [1:37]
16. "An Event" [2:37]
17. Bedtime [3:06]
18. Brothers [5:52]
19. Flowers [3:07]
20. Accident [10:52]
21. Countdown [1:40]
22. Memories [6:12]
23. Sorrows [1:54]
24. Parsley [3:10]
25. Trouble [:53]
26. Cat Food [4:24]
27. Philosophy [3:35]
28. Charity [4:27]
29. Dignity [4:04]
30. Fabulous [2:04]
31. Mistakes [1:09]
32. Bad Day [2:15]
33. Trophies [4:51]
34. Nightmare [2:03]
35. Vegetables [3:03]
36. End Credits [5:08]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [3:23]
2. Miracle Hair [2:19]
3. Critique [1:25]
4. Lessons [2:06]
5. Class [2:38]
6. Auditions [3:02]
7. Surreal [4:20]
8. Alarm Clock [2:38]
9. Switch [3:40]
10. Apology [1:54]
11. Stompin' [2:08]
12. The Game [1:39]
13. "Lost Soul" [2:28]
14. Communications [1:44]
15. Eggnog [1:37]
16. "An Event" [2:37]
17. Bedtime [3:06]
18. Brothers [5:52]
19. Flowers [3:07]
20. Accident [10:52]
21. Countdown [1:40]
22. Memories [6:12]
23. Sorrows [1:54]
24. Parsley [3:10]
25. Trouble [:53]
26. Cat Food [4:24]
27. Philosophy [3:36]
28. Charity [4:26]
29. Dignity [4:04]
30. Fabulous [2:04]
31. Mistakes [1:09]
32. Bad Day [2:14]
33. Trophies [4:51]
34. Nightmare [2:03]
35. Vegetables [3:04]
36. End Credits [5:06]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Subtitles
         Spanish On
         Spanish Off
      Play Trailer
      Audio Features
         2.0 Dolby Surround
         Michael Ballhaüs Commentary
   Cast & Crew
      Michelle Pfeiffer
      Jeff Bridges
      Beau Bridges
      Steven Kloves
      Michael Ballhaüs
   Production Notes
   Makin' Music
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Subtitles
         Spanish On
         Spanish Off
      Play Trailer
      Audio Features
         2.0 Dolby Surround
         Michael Ballhaüs Commentary
   Cast & Crew
      Michelle Pfeiffer
      Jeff Bridges
      Beau Bridges
      Steven Kloves
      Michael Ballhaüs
   Production Notes
   Makin' Music
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    beautiful story about romance between jeff bridges and michelle pfeiffer and love-bond between two brothers...

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