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It's surprising that someone at Columbia TriStar even knew they owned John Cassavetes' Gloria -- the 1980 movie, starring Gena Rowlands, virtually disappeared from view within a decade of its release; it barely made it to laserdisc, and was supplanted in most people's memories by the 1999 remake starring Sharon Stone and directed by Sidney Lumet. Apart from its other attributes, Cassavetes' movie is now a panorama of a city (New York) that -- in retrospect -- was headed for disaster, its social fabric fraying in ...
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It's surprising that someone at Columbia TriStar even knew they owned John Cassavetes' Gloria -- the 1980 movie, starring Gena Rowlands, virtually disappeared from view within a decade of its release; it barely made it to laserdisc, and was supplanted in most people's memories by the 1999 remake starring Sharon Stone and directed by Sidney Lumet. Apart from its other attributes, Cassavetes' movie is now a panorama of a city (New York) that -- in retrospect -- was headed for disaster, its social fabric fraying in from the edges at the end of the 1970s, as seen in the background of most of the major scenes. The movie is still an overlong drama that suffers from its maker's excesses, but it has a hypnotic quality as well that's impossible to ignore. The DVD looks better than the movie even did in theaters, the non-anamorphic letterboxed image (1.85:1) presenting Fred Schuler's photography in a richness and depth that makes every shot sing, and the aerial photography in the opening sequence (by Peter Garbarini) is almost worth the price of admission. The audio has been mastered at a very healthy volume, which gives Bill Conti's aggressive score (highlighted by Tommy Tedesco's acoustic guitar and Tony Ortega's saxophone) full play along with the dialogue (which is kept to a minimum -- indeed, this could almost be presented as a silent movie with a synchronized score). The 121-minute movie gets 28 well-chosen chapter markers and opens automatically on a very straightforward menu with the play option in the default position. There are also full-screen trailers for Little Nikita and The Odessa File, and a selection of Korean, French, Spanish, and English subtitles.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Remastered in high definition; Audio: English; Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Spanish; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
No less emotionally charged than his indie breakthroughs Shadows and Faces, Gloria 1980 sees maverick director John Cassavetes shaking down and melding two well-established genres -- urban shoot-'em-ups and mismatched couples. The director's wife, Gena Rowlands, gives a white-knuckle turn as Gloria Swenson a sly Sunset Boulevard nod, whose dilapidated glamour and sheer toughness are apparent from one of her first lines, "I don't like kids. I hate kids, especially yours." Naturally, when the neighbors are slain by the Mob, she takes unwilling custody of their Keane-eyed kid, Phil John Adames. Trouble is, Swenson is an ex-chorus girl with a history of shady dealings, and the Mob is right on their tail. Although chock-full of narrow escapes and gut-wrenching twists of fate, the film's focus remains stubbornly on the gnarls of the mother-son relationship and on Rowlands's dazzlingly real characterization, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Few women in the movies come as tough as Rowlands's Gloria. And there are few moments in film as exhilarating as when Gloria remembers how to use a six-shooter, complete with a cigarette dangling from her lip.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • UPC: 043396085695
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gena Rowlands Gloria Swenson
John Adames Phil Dawn
Buck Henry Jack Dawn
Julie Carmen Jeri Dawn
Lupe Garnica Margarita Vargas
Val Avery Sill
Carlos Castro Third Kid
Israel Castro Second Kid
Gregory Cleghorne Kid in Elevator
Ralph Dolman First Kid
John Finnegan Frank
Kyle-Scott Jackson First Policeman
Tony Kneisch First Man/Gangster
Vic Ramos
Roman Rodriguez Escape Cab Driver
Filomena Spagnuolo Old Lady
Jessica Castillo Joan Dawn
Basilio Franchina Tony Tanzini
Gary Klar Irish cop
Ronald Maccone 3rd man/Gangster
Tom Noonan 2nd Man/Gangster
Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Bill Conti Score Composer
Rene D'Auriac Production Designer
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen F. Kesten Associate Producer
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Jack McSweeney Editor
Fred Schuler Cinematographer
Sam Shaw Producer
George C. Villasenor Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:44]
2. Marked by the Mob [1:23]
3. Gloria Swenson [5:21]
4. Last Words [6:20]
5. "We Gotta Get Out Of Here" [4:35]
6. Home Again [3:02]
7. Media Coverage [1:29]
8. "I Am the Man" [7:18]
9. Friends of Gloria [3:27]
10. Alone with Her Money [1:25]
11. The Word on the Street [4:08]
12. The Flop House [3:10]
13. A Very Interesting Book [:56]
14. The Cemetery [3:07]
15. Homesick [2:09]
16. A Corner Table for Two [2:22]
17. Two Options [5:59]
18. Phil Goes His Own Way [2:17]
19. Stood Up [5:47]
20. "I'm Saving Your Life, Stupid" [5:58]
21. Phil Takes the Local [4:46]
22. A Hotel Room in Newark [3:55]
23. "You Can't Beat the System" [3:58]
24. Sill [9:50]
25. Tony Tanzini [:29]
26. The Pittsburgh Train Station [10:21]
27. Carson Memorial [1:17]
28. Back from the Dead [2:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Koren
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Little Nikita
      The Odessa File
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