Last Detail by Hal Ashby |Hal Ashby, Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid | 43396003491 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
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Last Detail

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Director: Hal Ashby

Cast: Hal Ashby, Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid

     
 

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One of the great films of the seventies, Hal Ashby's The Last Detail comes to DVD with a choice of two images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is superior to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono and is closed-captioned. English, Spanish,

Overview

One of the great films of the seventies, Hal Ashby's The Last Detail comes to DVD with a choice of two images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is superior to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono and is closed-captioned. English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are all accessible. Supplemental features include production notes, talent files, and theatrical trailers. If ever there were a case of the film being reason enough to own a disc, this may be it. The superb performances and Robert Towne's brilliant script all convey the same power and humanity on the small screen that they did in the theater.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Last Detail fits very nicely into its early 1970s milieu: distinctly anti-authoritarian, the film is chock full of cursing, sexual language, rowdiness, and downright rudeness. Of course, Jack Nicholson's devilish grin was the perfect vehicle to carry this sort of pointedly subversive material, because he was so likable doing it. From Easy Rider to Five Easy Pieces to The Last Detail to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nicholson made the role of the (often hilarious) nonconformist his own. Reclusive director/editor Hal Ashby was also a perfect fit for the film and the time period. Fresh from the offbeat critical success of the serio-comic Harold and Maude, Ashby brought an "experimental" feel to the film, most obviously in the jump cut editing borrowed from the French New Wave. Screenwriter Robert Towne was nominated for an Academy Award (his second of three in a row, following Chinatown and preceding Shampoo). Towne's f-word-strewn dialogue had Columbia shaking in their boots, and they refused to release the picture. It was only after Nicholson won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival that they gave it a run. But they never supported it much, and it died an unnecessary death at the box office. It has since come to be regarded as one of Nicholson's best, if not best-known, performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
UPC:
0043396003491
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video ; Production notes; Interactive menus; Audio: English (mono); Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Buddusky SM I
Otis Young Mulhall GMI
Randy Quaid Meadows SN
Clifton James Chief Master-At-Arms
Michael Moriarty Marine Duty Officer
Carol Kane Prostitute
Gilda Radner Nichren Shoshu Member,Religious zealot
James Horn Actor
Kathleen Miller Kathleen
Nancy Allen Nancy
Jim Henshaw Sweek
Gerry Salsberg Henry
Don McGovern Bartender
Pat Hamilton Madame
Michael Chapman Taxi Driver
Derek McGrath Nichiren Soshu Member
John Castellano Nichiren Shoshu Member
Luana Anders Donna

Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
Gerald Ayres Producer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Michael Haller Production Designer
Robert Jones Editor
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Wes McAfee Asst. Director
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Parvin Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Maureen Sweeney Makeup
Robert Towne Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:47]
2. Buddusky [2:21]
3. Chasers [3:23]
4. Larry Meadows [3:22]
5. On the Bus [4:19]
6. On the Train [4:59]
7. Meadows Bolts [5:14]
8. A Meal in a Booth [1:10]
9. Time for a Beer [5:07]
10. The Hotel Room [11:43]
11. His Mother's House [3:15]
12. Back on the Train [5:07]
13. In the Head [2:17]
14. Sausage Stand [:58]
15. Hustling [2:46]
16. Nichiren Shoshu [3:53]
17. Times Square [2:08]
18. On the Ice [1:24]
19. Donna [2:10]
20. The Party [5:19]
21. Whole-Hearted Chant [1:47]
22. Train to Boston [3:36]
23. The Cat House [6:03]
24. Like a Duck to Water [3:58]
25. Picnic in the Park [4:29]
26. Brave. Yankee. Bye-bye. [4:44]
27. Portsmouth [:55]
28. Reaming the Chasers [6:26]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:47]
2. Buddusky [2:21]
3. Chasers [3:23]
4. Larry Meadows [3:22]
5. On the Bus [4:19]
6. On the Train [4:59]
7. Meadows Bolts [5:14]
8. A Meal in a Booth [1:10]
9. Time for a Beer [5:07]
10. The Hotel Room [11:43]
11. His Mother's House [3:15]
12. Back on the Train [5:07]
13. In the Head [2:17]
14. Sausage Stand [:58]
15. Hustling [2:46]
16. Nichiren Shoshu [3:53]
17. Times Square [2:08]
18. On the Ice [1:24]
19. Donna [2:10]
20. The Party [5:19]
21. Whole-Hearted Chant [1:47]
22. Train to Boston [3:36]
23. The Cat House [6:03]
24. Like a Duck to Water [3:58]
25. Picnic in the Park [4:29]
26. Brave. Yankee. Bye-bye. [4:44]
27. Portsmouth [:55]
28. Reaming the Chasers [6:26]

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