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Christopher Nolan's little seen first film, Following, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, the director's shooting script, trailers, cast and crew biographies, and the ability to have the story played out in chronological order. This is a superb release ...
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Christopher Nolan's little seen first film, Following, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, the director's shooting script, trailers, cast and crew biographies, and the ability to have the story played out in chronological order. This is a superb release from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Christopher Nolan; Second angle showing director's shooting script; Restructure the story chronologically; Digitally mastered audio & video; Full-screen presentation; Audio: English 2.0 Dolby stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailers; Interactive motion menus; Scene selections; Cast & crew biographies
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The roots of Memento are evident in Christopher Nolan's brilliant first feature, the black-and-white puzzle Following, which previews the filmmaker's fondness for unconventional chronology and deceitful trickery. Influenced by the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Fran├žois Truffaut, Nolan fills the screen with antique typewriters, old-model televisions, and timeless wardrobes, transforming his shoestring budget into an homage to the French New Wave that might have taken place or been filmed decades ago. It's one of many ways Nolan is conscious of time, a construct he manipulates on the most noticeable level by fragmenting the chronology according to a precise expository pattern in his head. In addition to more traditionally structured scenes, his film contains a series of tantalizing, non-sequential images that reveal themselves as the narrative unfolds, the various haircuts and facial bruises of his lead character (Jeremy Theobald) eventually coalescing into coherence. Following starts as a profile of a man who shadows random people out of a sociological interest tinged with perverse loneliness, which itself might have sustained a brisk, 71-minute movie. But then Nolan changes direction by introducing a different loner, Alex Haw's Cobb, who deflects focus toward a dispassionate treatise on burglary, the value of sentimental possessions and the sanctity of violated privacy. Nor is this the last narrative twist up the director's sleeve. The dialogue and acting are both quite mature for the resources available to Nolan, especially given his own inexperience. In fact, Memento might have been billed as "from the director of Following" if the film had gotten enough exposure to be recognized as the debut of a major talent.
Village Voice - Michael Atkinson
...Christopher Nolan's little-Brit-indie-that-could, Following...trucks in ideas thick with tarnish (post-Hitch voyeurism, the romantic schmo caught between a bruised femme and a sadistic crime lord, the peeling of onionlike layers of double cross, etc.) and still comes off goosey with sweat and anxiety.
San Francisco Examiner - Jeff Anderson
Most of the joy of Following is discovering the little tricks for ourselves.... Nolan seems to be the first of the young independent filmmakers to throw out his wristwatch at the same time he picked up a camera.

Most of the joy of Following is discovering the little tricks for ourselves.... Nolan seems to be the first of the young independent filmmakers to throw out his wristwatch at the same time he picked up a camera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2001
  • UPC: 043396076037
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Theobald The Young Man
Alex Haw Cobb
Lucy Russell The Blonde
John Nolan The Policeman
Jennifer Angel
Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Broderick Executive Producer
Ivan Cornell Sound/Sound Designer
Gareth Heal Editor
David Julyan Score Composer, Sound/Sound Designer
David Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Tristan Martin Art Director
Jeremy Theobald Producer
Emma Thomas Producer
James Wheeler Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. "The Following Is My Explanation" [16:34]
2. "Can I Buy You a Drink?" [16:34]
3. "I Want Advice About Protection" [4:35]
4. "Beginners' Luck" [4:35]
5. "They Rifled Through My Underwear" [1:04]
6. Getting Ready [1:04]
7. "Bingo" [2:34]
8. "That's Not Funny" [2:34]
9. The Job Part 1 [3:32]
10. "I've Thought It All Through" [3:32]
11. The Job Part 2 [:56]
12. "I Haven't Been Entirely Honest With You" [:56]
13. "That's It, Unless You Have Any Questions" [5:21]
14. Credits [5:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Extra Features
      Special Features
         Director's Commentary
            Commentary by Christopher Nolan: On
            Commentary by Christopher Nolan: Off
         Shooting Script Alternate Angle
            Alternate Angle: On
            Alternate Angle: Off
         Restructure Following
            Play Original
            Play Chronological
         Subtitles
            English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
            Spanish
            None
      Trailers
         Following
         Memento
      Bios
         Christopher Nolan
         Jeremy Theobald
         Alex Haw
         Lucy Russell
         Emma Thomas
         Peter Broderick
         Dave Julyan
      DVD Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fine Debut Film by a Talented Filmmaker

    For a directorial debut shot on 16mm, shot on weekends, and shot for around $6000, this is a great film! Future filmmakers and students should take notes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    5 out of 10

    Too flawed. Bad cinematography, especially in black/white format. The plot was silly also. I liked Alex Haw, the actor who played Cobb. He is a promising actor. I believe this is the only role he has done. I wonder why. Small film, inexpensive budget, no problem. I want to compare this film to Pulp Fiction as regards to use of flashbacks. They flashback sequences were done poorly. I do not see any emphasis on each flashbacks, meanings were too superficial to understand. I keep going ''Yeah he did; yeah thats what happened; so what? what is the point?'' In the end, somewhat chilling conclusion which was okay. Not much of a substance in the film overall. Some style but too flat. It wouldn't have been a difference if the story was told outright without the use of flashbacks. Big hole in this film...I see that the mob boss played a role in this film in a indirect way. How come the mob boss was not much of a factor after the robbery of his safe? That bothered me a little throughout the last part of the film. Overall, it is a weak film. I don't have a problem for a recommendation for you to take a look at it.

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