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Not only was Klute one of the key movies of the early '70s, but this Warner DVD release shows that the moody thriller has only improved with age. A complex character study combined with a detective movie, Klute (like Chinatown) not only holds the viewer's interest once the central mystery is solved, but the experience of watching it actually gets richer with each viewing. Thankfully, this disc does justice to the movie, which is noted for its brilliant cinematography, genuinely unsettling musical score, and its ...
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Not only was Klute one of the key movies of the early '70s, but this Warner DVD release shows that the moody thriller has only improved with age. A complex character study combined with a detective movie, Klute (like Chinatown) not only holds the viewer's interest once the central mystery is solved, but the experience of watching it actually gets richer with each viewing. Thankfully, this disc does justice to the movie, which is noted for its brilliant cinematography, genuinely unsettling musical score, and its naturalistic acting. While the print doesn't look like it's been completely restored, and some frames show signs of wear and tear, the disc still sports a beautiful transfer that returns the movie to its original widescreen aspect ratio and corrects the picture's color balance. Willis was renown for working in natural and low-light situations, and previous video transfers of the movie were just too dark and muddy. The well-balanced sound transfer is in the original mono and Michael Small's chilling score hasn't sounded this clean since the movie's original theatrical release. As good as the technical credits on this DVD are, Klute's performances don't need any digital enhancing. Jane Fonda deservedly won an Academy Award for her clear-eyed and strikingly unsentimental performance here. The added "making of" featurette is really a short promo for the movie, but it's hard-boiled and gritty, making it better (and more fun) than most promotional documentaries that are usually just crammed with actors saying how much they loved working with everyone. Unfortunately, there isn't an audio commentary track; Klute's noted director, Alan J. Pakula, was killed in a car accident before one could be recorded.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary: "Klute in New York: A Background for Suspense"; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/filmmaker film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With Gordon Willis' cinematography providing a shadowy and claustrophobic atmosphere, Alan J. Pakula adapts the conventions of 1940s film noir detective movies to examine the 1970s issue of the compromises faced by a woman trying maintain her freedom. Klute's air of stark gloom alludes to the pervasive personal conspiracies that put women at the mercy of a man's world; by the end, a crime may be solved, but the problem is not. Despite calls to boycott Jane Fonda's movies because of her anti-Vietnam War activism, Klute's timely subject matter found a substantial audience, firmly establishing Fonda as both a serious movie star and a feminist symbol. Her outspoken views did not prevent her from winning the Best Actress Oscar for the movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • UPC: 012569102729
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,735

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Bree Daniels
Donald Sutherland John Klute
Charles Cioffi Cable
Roy Scheider Frank
Dorothy Tristan Arlyn Page
Rita Gam Trina
Rosalind Cash Pat
Jerome Collamore Custodian
Richard Russell Ramos Off-Broadway Stage Manager
Joe Silver Dr. Spangler
Lee Wallace Nate Goldfarb
Tony Major Bill Azure
Morris Strassberg Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider Berger
Betty Murray Holly Gruneman
Jane White Janie Dale
Shirley Stoler Momma Rose
Robert Milli Tom Gruneman
Anthony Holland Actor's Agent
Fred Burrell Man in Chicago Hotel
Richard B. Shull Sugarman
Mary Louise Wilson Producer in Adv. Agency
Jean Stapleton Goldfarb's Secretary
Antonia Rey Mrs. Vanek, Landlady
Vivian Nathan Psychiatrist
Nathan George Lt. Trask
Candy Darling
Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director, Producer
Irving Buchman Makeup
William C. Gerrity Asst. Director
George Jenkins Art Director
David Lang Producer
David Lange Producer
Carl Lerner Editor
Andy Lewis Screenwriter
Dave Lewis Screenwriter
John Mortensen Set Decoration/Design
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Small Score Composer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Double Life? [3:37]
2. Her Turn-Ons (Credits) [2:01]
3. Overlooked [1:29]
4. Bree on the Job [6:11]
5. Bree off the Job [2:33]
6. Unwanted Calls [1:26]
7. Her New Shadow [2:49]
8. Bree the Actress [1:14]
9. "I Felt So Beautiful." [2:37]
10. What's Your Bag? [4:57]
11. Stalking a Stalker [8:36]
12. Strange Things in Mind [6:01]
13. Ligoirin's Girls [2:59]
14. Pathetic [1:17]
15. Trailer of Arlyn Page [5:23]
16. "I Just Don't Want to Be Alone." [:00]
17. Lost Virtue [3:15]
18. Arlyn: Strung Out [2:23]
19. Party Girl [3:55]
20. Reporting to Cable [2:55]
21. Klute's Vigil [1:41]
22. Manipulator of Men? [2:50]
23. Out of the River [4:48]
24. Conflicting Emotions [3:34]
25. Breaking and Entering [2:14]
26. Man Behind the Letters [5:56]
27. Losing His Inhibitions [3:54]
28. Nobody's There [2:28]
29. Missing Mr. Goldfarb [2:29]
30. Not Alone [1:46]
31. Stock in Trade [3:36]
32. What Happened to Arlyn [2:29]
33. Taking a Fall [6:51]
34. Leaving Town [:47]
35. Cast List [1:30]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Jane Fonda - Bree Daniel
         Donald Sutherland - John Klute
      Klute in New York: A Background for Suspense
      Theatrical Trailer
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: Japanese
      Subtitles: Chinese
      Subtitles: Thai
      Subtitles: Korean
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fonda dominates the rest of the cast, giving the best American portrait of a prostitute ever.

    Jane Fonda gives an absolutely brilliant performance for which she quite deservedly won a Best Actress Oscar. In this taut psychological thriller, Fonda plays Bree Daniel, a would-be actress-model who earns her living as a high-class call girl. The story concerns Klute (Donald Sutherland), a small-town policeman who comes to New York in search of a missing friend. He meets Fonda, and begins to fall in love with her. The murder mystery soon takes a back seat to one of the most affecting love stories of the '70s with one of the most memorable music scores provided by the underrated Michael Small. But it's Jane's picture all the way under the sure hand of director Alan J. Pakula. As Bree Daniel, Fonda is vulnerable, self-aware and articulate. Bree's knowledge that as a prostitute she has nowhere to go but down and her mixed-up efforts to escape, made her one of the strongest feminine characters to reach the screen in the '70s. As an actress, Fonda has a special kind of smartness that takes the form of speed she's always a little ahead of everybody, and this quicker beat--this quicker responsiveness--makes her more exciting to watch. This quality works to great advantage in her full scale, definitive portrait of Bree. As in many of her other dramatic roles, Fonda never stands outside her character, she gives herself over to the role, and yet she isn't LOST in it--she's fully in control, and her means are extraordinarily economical. She has somehow got to a plane of acting at which even the closest close-ups never reveals a false thought and, seen on the movie streets a block away, She's Bree, not Jane Fonda, walking toward us. It's hard to remember that this is the same actress who was the wide-eyed, bare-bottomed "Barbarella" or the anxious newlywed in "Barefoot in the Park". There wasn't another dramatic actress in American films at the time who could touch her. [filmfactsman]

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