Julien Donkey-Boy by Harmony Korine |Ewen Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog | 794043498824 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Julien Donkey-Boy

Julien Donkey-Boy

Director: Harmony Korine

Cast: Ewen Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog

     
 
Harmony Korine's disturbing psychological drama Julien Donkey-Boy comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, cast and crew

Overview

Harmony Korine's disturbing psychological drama Julien Donkey-Boy comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, cast and crew filmographies, and an odd featurette. Whatever one thinks about the very difficult film, New Line has done a very good job with this release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
More exhausting than elucidative, the follow-up to Gummo finds writer/director Harmony Korine again mining his tropes of dysfunction, disease, and depravity. This time, however, he foregoes much of the surreal comedy and visual punch of the earlier film. With a title character loosely based on the director's own uncle, it's no surprise that Julien Donkey-Boy seems to have more sympathy for its protagonist than Gummo did for the majority of its hapless characters. Yet the endless badgering of Werner Herzog's gas mask-wearing father, the ceaseless procession of outre supporting characters, and the banal brutality of almost every interaction -- all these elements quickly grow tiresome. That's not to say the film is without its moments. In the title role, Trainspotting alum Ewen Bremner gives a fearless performance that sometimes even verges on goofy charm, while Chloe Sevigny exudes determined serenity in a series of pastoral and domestic interludes. The scene in which Sevigny's tender sister pretends to be Julien's mother, telephoning from beyond the grave, is as sad and amusing as it is strangely sweet. Yet too much of the 90 minutes between the shockeroo opening scene and the overwrought conclusion simply meanders, caught up in its own lackadaisical transgression. Despite Korine's adoption of the Dogma 95 manifesto and the input of some of that movement's leading lights (cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, editor Valdis Oskarsdottir), Julien Donkey-Boy proves as muddy visually as it does conceptually. Too little happens, what does happen is almost uniformly unpleasant, and all of it is filmed in deliberately ugly digital video. The result is a film that upholds its director's difficult reputation, but not the squalidly beautiful promise of his debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
UPC:
0794043498824
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Confessions of Julien Donkey-Boy; deleted scenes; original theatrical trailer; cast and crew filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewen Bremner Julien
Chloë Sevigny Pearl
Werner Herzog Father
Evan Neumann Chris
Joyce Korine Grandma
Chrissy Kobylak Chrissy
Alvin Law Neighbor
Will Oldham uncredited

Technical Credits
Harmony Korine Director,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Lori Eastside Casting
Billy Hopkins Casting
Scott Macaulay Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Brian Miksis Sound/Sound Designer
Robin O'Hara Producer
Valdís Óskarsdóttir Editor
Richard Rutkowski Camera Operator
Suzanne Smith Casting
Cary Woods Producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Menu Group #1 with 20 chapter(s) covering 01:39:51
1. Turtle [4:15]
2. Home [6:11]
3. Working [4:53]
4. Be a Man [2:16]
5. Shopping [4:07]
6. Man on the Street [3:53]
7. Energy [3:52]
8. King Julien [4:03]
9. Winner [3:37]
10. Recreation [6:18]
11. Floss [6:22]
12. Another Poem [5:17]
13. Party [4:21]
14. Feet [3:28]
15. Serious [4:03]
16. Spinning and Service [7:23]
17. Julien Slaps [5:06]
18. On the Ice [6:55]
19. Emergency [9:43]
20. End Titles [3:41]

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