Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending

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Cast: Téa Leoni, Debra Messing, Mark Rydell

     
 

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Woody Allen's comedy about a director attempting to make his big comeback despite a minor case of hysterical blindness arrives on DVD in a solid if less-than-feature-packed package. Hollywood Ending has been transferred to DVD in widescreen, letterboxed at an 1.85:1 aspect ratio on conventional television sets and enhanced for anamorphic playback on widescreen…  See more details below

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Woody Allen's comedy about a director attempting to make his big comeback despite a minor case of hysterical blindness arrives on DVD in a solid if less-than-feature-packed package. Hollywood Ending has been transferred to DVD in widescreen, letterboxed at an 1.85:1 aspect ratio on conventional television sets and enhanced for anamorphic playback on widescreen monitors. The audio is presented in its original English-language monophonic mix, with no alternate tracks; the disc is also closed captioned in English for the hearing impaired. As a bonus, the disc also includes the film's original theatrical trailer, as well as a chapter of production notes and biographies of the principle members of the cast and crew.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A funny, promising setup gives way to endless shtick in Woody Allen's well-cast but slack farce. Despite its loaded subject matter -- namely, big-budget filmmaking -- this is no Player: Save for a few throwaway industry jokes, Hollywood Ending is mostly pratfalls and slapstick, centered around a neurotic conceit that even Allen, cinema's neurotic laureate, can't pull off. Once afflicted with hysterical blindness, his Val Waxman spends much of the movie fumbling and stumbling around a movie set, to rapidly diminishing comedic results. Allen has made entire films on such slight premises before -- Zelig and his chapter of New York Stories, Oedipus Wrecks, come to mind -- but those films were at once richer with subtext and more economical. Ending's climax, on the other hand, comes after at least 20 minutes of painfully broad, extraneous comedy, and hinges on a character who's barely been mentioned, let alone seen. All this notwithstanding, Allen evinces spry, witty turns from his supporting cast, including the ever-sharp Tea Leoni, a pleasantly ditzy Debra Messing, and, of all people, the ageless, orange-hued lothario George Hamilton.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
UPC:
0667068997422
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Cast and crew bios; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Val Waxman
Téa Leoni Ellie
Debra Messing Lori
Mark Rydell Al Hack
Treat Williams Hal
George Hamilton Ed
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen Sharon Bates
Lu Yue Cameraman
Barney Cheng Translator
Isaac Mizrahi Elio Sebastian
Marian Seldes Alexandra
Jodie Markell Andrea Ford
Peter Gerety Psychiatrist
Mark Webber Tony Waxman
Erica Leerhsen Actress
Bob Dorian Galaxie Executive
Ivan Martin Galaxie Executive
Gregg Edelman Galaxie Executive
Neal Huff Commercial A.D.
Douglas McGrath Barbeque Guest
Stephanie Roth Barbeque Guest
Bill Gerber Barbeque Guest
Roxanne Perry Barbeque Guest
Barbara Carroll Carlyle Pianist
Howard Erskine Carlyle Patron
Anthony Arkin Audition Reader
Ramsey Faragallah Audition Reader
Olivia Hayman Balthazar Hostess
Peter Van Wagner Balthazar Couple
Judy Toma Balthazar Couple
Sarah Polen Seder Guest
Amanda Jacobi Seder Guest
Steven Hurwitz Seder Guest
Ruth Last Seder Guest
Robert Lloyd Wolchok Seder Guest
Joel Eidelsberg Seder Guest
Kenneth Edelson Eye Doctor
Ted Neustadt MRI Doctor
Reiko Takahashi Movie Extra
Greg Mottola Assistant Director
Fred Melamed Pappas
Jeff Mazzola Prop Man
Aaron Stanford Actor
Ray Garvey Grip
Rochelle Oliver Script Supervisor
Joe Rigano Projectionist
Maurice Sonnenberg Banquet Emcee
Mary Schmidtberger Galaxie Executive

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Gary Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Letty Aronson Producer
Regina Graves Set Decoration/Design
Brad Hohle Consultant/advisor
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Helen Robin Co-producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Wedigo von Schultzendorff Cinematographer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stephen Tenenbaum Executive Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Warren Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hollywood Ending [1:39]
2. The Perfect Director [3:01]
3. Fired [3:38]
4. The Agent [2:38]
5. Nervous [3:24]
6. Meeting the Studio Executives [4:01]
7. Drinks With the Ex [8:39]
8. The Crew [3:33]
9. Casting [5:38]
10. Esquire Journalist [3:25]
11. Spontaneous Blindness [6:40]
12. Stage Direction [5:13]
13. In On the Conspiracy [2:58]
14. Dailies Screening [2:41]
15. The Leading Lady [3:27]
16. Unconventional Directing [1:29]
17. A New Set of Eyes [2:22]
18. Help From the Ex [5:25]
19. Confession [4:09]
20. Blind Rehearsal [5:49]
21. Man to Man Talk [6:10]
22. Hal Sees the Dailies [5:41]
23. Scumbag X [4:26]
24. The Truth Is Revealed [5:35]
25. The French Love It [4:20]
26. End Credits [2:15]

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