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Krippendorf's Tribe
     

Krippendorf's Tribe

Director: Todd Holland, Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne

Cast: Todd Holland, Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne

 

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Todd Holland directs Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy Krippendorf's Tribe, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby

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Todd Holland directs Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy Krippendorf's Tribe, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a bare-bones release from Disney/Buena Vista that, due to the lack of a widescreen transfer, is difficult to recommend to the average DVD consumer.

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Kind of a Wag the Dog for the anthropology set, Krippendorf's Tribe has some sharp moments, as one might expect from a movie in which Richard Dreyfuss and Lily Tomlin go head to head. But what keeps it from being successful is its erratic tone and its compliment of unsympathetic characters. (The fact that it treats the scientific community like gullible bimbos also gives pause.) Director Todd Holland and screenwriter Charlie Peters seem to want a farce/black comedy, but having three cute children in primary roles forces them into the unwitting realm of family movie. More problematic is that the family's mother has just died, yet the movie doesn't give them a chance to mourn her, making her death more like a whimsical plot detail than a key propulsive element or opportunity for genuine sentiment. This also has the effect of downplaying Krippendorf's depressed mental state as a factor in the morally bankrupt decisions he makes. But most sympathy-challenged is Jenna Elfman's junior anthropologist, Veronica Micelli. In her first prominent film role, Elfman effectively transplants her pixie cuteness from TV's Dharma & Greg, but there's something coldly opportunistic about her character that never gets resolved. She doesn't need a good heart in a black comedy, but as a surrogate mother to the Krippendorf kids, in a movie inevitably seen by an audience that same age, she has to provide more. The one actor who does get the tone right is the ever-reliable Natasha Lyonne, in one of her earliest efforts, serving as her father's sarcastic moral compass -- and perhaps the only character who understands the right thing to do.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0786936182606
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
29,476

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[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss James Krippendorf
Jenna Elfman Veronica Micelli
Natasha Lyonne Shelly
Gregory Smith Mickey
Carl Michael Lindner Edmund
Stephen Root Gerald Adams
Elaine Stritch Irene Harding
Tom Poston Gordon Harding
David Ogden Stiers Henry Spivey
Lily Tomlin Ruth Allen
Doris Belack President Porter
Julio Oscar Mechoso Simon Alonso
Siobhan Fallon Lori Hayward
Barbara Williams Jennifer Krippendorf
Zakes Mokae Sulukim

Technical Credits
Todd Holland Director
Larry Brezner Producer
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Jackie Burch Casting
Ross Canter Executive Producer
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Whitney Green Executive Producer
Karen Manthey Set Decoration/Design
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Charlie Peters Screenwriter
Jon Poll Editor
Bill Rea Art Director
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
James E. Webb Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Speech on What?/Opening Titles [10:20]
2. Announcing the Tribe [15:20]
3. Bringing the Tribe to Life [7:54]
4. Presenting the Film [6:13]
5. The Lecture Circuit [7:29]
6. The Mating Ritual [7:43]
7. One Step Too Far [8:03]
8. Shelmikedmu in America [12:47]
9. Uncovering the Truth [7:14]
10. She Saves the Day!/End Credits [10:56]

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