House of Sand and Fog

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Vadim Perelman's drama House of Sand and Fog comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The supplemental materials are headed by a commentary track recorded by Perelman, Andre Dubus III (whose novel provided the basis for the film), and lead actor Ben Kingsley who garnered an Oscar nomination for his work in the film. Their ...
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Vadim Perelman's drama House of Sand and Fog comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The supplemental materials are headed by a commentary track recorded by Perelman, Andre Dubus III (whose novel provided the basis for the film), and lead actor Ben Kingsley who garnered an Oscar nomination for his work in the film. Their commentary is fairly dry and serious, but that certainly fits with the overall tone of the film. There are a half-dozen deleted scenes with optional director commentary that can be accessed. Arguably the most interesting extra is the audition tape for Shohreh Aghdashloo, who also was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an acting nomination for this movie. Production notes, a still photo gallery, and biographies of the cast and crew round out this solid release from DreamWorks.
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Special Features

Film commentary by director Vadim Perelman, co-star Ben Kingsley, and author Andre Dubus III; five deleted scenes featuring commentary by Perelman, Kingsley, and Dubus III; Shoreh Aghdashloo’s original audition tape; behind-the-scenes featurette; motion-photo gallery featuring production shots and interviews with the cast and crew; still-photo gallery; cast and crew biographies.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you're tired of filling up on brain-dead popcorn movies and eager to sink your teeth into something meatier, this searing drama is just the dish for you. House of Sand and Fog is saturated with emotion and remains compelling from the first provocative scene to the last. Jennifer Connelly plays Kathy Nicolo, a recent divorcée and recovering alcoholic with an unhealthy attachment to the California beachfront home left to her after the death of her parents. A bureaucratic mistake puts Kathy's house on the auction block to satisfy a tax lien, and opportunistic Iranian immigrant Massoud Behrani Ben Kingsley snaps up the property. The balance of the film is devoted to the ensuing tug of war between Kathy and Massoud: To her, the house represents a safe haven; to him, it represents a simulacrum of the prosperity he and his family enjoyed in their homeland. Writer-director Vadim Perelman skillfully adapts Andre Dubus III's complex novel and manages to craft a gripping film without villains. Both owners of the house are flawed people trying to do their best, and each remains steadfast in the belief that the other's claim to the property is invalid. Connelly makes Nicolo an achingly vulnerable and emotionally fragile character. Kingsley, who received an Oscar nomination for his work, invests the former military man with just enough decency and humanity to offset his pride and arrogance. The most outstanding turn, however, is by Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, also nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Massoud's long-suffering wife. She is absolutely mesmerizing, and in a role that gives her only a few snatches of English dialogue. Unusually intelligent and supremely well acted, House of Sand and Fog will demand your complete attention -- and reward you with an unforgettable viewing experience.
Time Magazine - Richard Schickel
As reversible misunderstandings grow into irreversible tragedy, it slowly dawns on you that this is a superior, heartbreaking film.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
Its step-by-step tragedy is so ruthless in its unfolding, you may find yourself wishing it were less well done, that it left you some room to breathe. But House of Sand and Fog has a story to tell and it means to tell it, no matter what the cost.
New York Post - Lou Lumenick
A grim, challenging movie that will amply reward audiences willing to go along with its ride into the dark depths of its characters' souls.

Its step-by-step tragedy is so ruthless in its unfolding, you may find yourself wishing it were less well done, that it left you some room to breathe. But House of Sand and Fog has a story to tell and it means to tell it, no matter what the cost.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • UPC: 678149097726
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Connelly Kathy Nicolo
Ben Kingsley Massoud Amir Behrani
Ron Eldard Lester Burdon
Shohreh Aghdashloo Nadi Behrani
Jonathan Ahdout Esmail Behrani
Frances Fisher Connie Walsh
Kim Dickens Carol Burdon
Navi Rawat Soraya Behrani
Carlos Goméz Lt. Alvarez
Namrata Gujral-Cooper Wedding Guest
Ken Kerman
Technical Credits
Vadim Perelman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Hala Bahmet Costumes/Costume Designer
Drew Boughton Art Director
Lisa Churgin Editor
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Gary Diamond Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
Maia Javan Production Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Michael London Producer
Shawn Otto Co-producer, Screenwriter
Jeremiah Samuels Co-producer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Chris Soldo Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Tricia Wood Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [5:40]
2. Auction Notice [5:35]
3. Parallel Lives [4:00]
4. Living Like Gypsies [4:28]
5. They Can't Do That [2:01]
6. Surprise Visit [3:15]
7. Moving Day [4:18]
8. Widow's Walk [6:07]
9. I Want Them Out [5:46]
10. Fog Rolls In [9:18]
11. Face to Face [3:53]
12. Full Disclosure [2:52]
13. God's Blessings [8:06]
14. I Have to Go Home [6:08]
15. Feeling Lost [6:55]
16. Breakdown [4:21]
17. Lester Arrives [10:12]
18. Lions in Our Hearts [4:27]
19. My Name Is Esmail [3:57]
20. Penance [4:17]
21. Peaceful Sleep [4:58]
22. Final Solution [5:01]
23. Is This Your House? [5:01]
24. End Credits [1:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Audio
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      English 2.0 Dolby Surround
      French 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
   Special Features
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Lester and Kathy
         Behrani and Nadi in Kitchen
         Mexican Restaurant
         Behranis Dine With Lester
         Behrani and Kathy
         Play All
         Director's Commentary: On
         Director's Commentary: Off
      Behind the Scenes
      Shohreh Aghdashloo Audition
      Photo Gallery
         Slide Show With Audio
         Still Gallery
      Cast
         Jennifer Connelly (Kathy)
         Ben Kingsley (Behrani)
         Ron Eldard (Lester)
         Shohreh Aghdashloo (Nadi)
         Jonathan Ahdout (Esmail)
         Fraces Fisher (Connie Walsh)
      Filmmakers
         Vadim Perelman (Director/Screenwriter)
         Michael London (Producer)
         Shawn Lawrence Otto (Screenwriter/Co-Producer)
         Andre Dubus III (Author)
         Jeremiah Samuels (Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager)
         Roger Deakins (Director of Photography)
         Maia Javan (Production Designer)
         Hala Bahmet (Costume Designer)
         Lisa Zeno Churgin (Editor)
         James Horner (Composer)
      Production Notes
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
      None
      Commentary Subtitles: English
      Commentary Subtitles: French
      Commentary Subtitles: Spanish
      Commentary Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tragic

    if you want to happy sunny movie, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. it a sad story but the performance by ben kingsley and jennifer connley is astonishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A modern 'Greek' tragedy

    Beautifully executed and superbly acted. Very intense and emotionally taxing. A rare movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ben Kingsley should have won an Oscar

    This is one of the best 'on the edge of your seat' movies in a long, long time. I do not know why Ben Kingsley did not win an Oscar for his performance. He never disappoints!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deeply Disturbing

    This is undoubtedly one of the best movies of the year. Every actor delivers a spectacular performance. This film will really make you think. This is a must see, however, if you are easily disturbed, be prepared!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Film that teaches us!

    Well watch it and you will understand what I mean. Great acting. Im sure this film will get Oscars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredibly moving and thought-provoking

    This is the most moving and thought provoking film I have seen in years. I was haunted for days after seeing it. Ben Kingsley owns this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Read the book...

    This movie was all right but it just did not capture the emotion that the book set forth. It also leaves out major parts of the book so that bothered me horribly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was happy before I watched this.

    I'm not a fan of tragedy or police, so this film was not for me. A great example of gross misunderstanding, people jumping to conclusions, and cops. I am a fan of Jennifer Connelly, however, so this movie did have its moments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This movie is unspeakably brilliant. There are few movies made these days that are this.... real, thoughtprovoking, and well acted. If you get bored with the predictable movie that always ends happy, this movie is totally for you.

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    Posted December 24, 2010

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