Lookin' to Get Out!

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No one seemed to be especially fond of Hal Ashby's 1982 comedy Lookin' To Get Out when it was initially released, and that appears to have included Ashby himself. The movie received a minimal release and was a major box office flop, but Ashby, who was an award-winning editor before be became a director, quietly recut the film to give it a more personal feel years after its brief stay in theaters, and donated a print of the new version to the UCLA Film Archives. Apparently he didn't tell many people about it, ...
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No one seemed to be especially fond of Hal Ashby's 1982 comedy Lookin' To Get Out when it was initially released, and that appears to have included Ashby himself. The movie received a minimal release and was a major box office flop, but Ashby, who was an award-winning editor before be became a director, quietly recut the film to give it a more personal feel years after its brief stay in theaters, and donated a print of the new version to the UCLA Film Archives. Apparently he didn't tell many people about it, because it wasn't until Nick Dawson, a writer working on a book about Ashby, interviewed Jon Voight that the star, co-screenwriter and co-producer of the movie became aware of the expanded cut, which Dawson had seen at a UCLA screening. Voight arranged for Ashby's revised edition of the movie to be released on DVD, and that's what appears on Warner Home Video's new edition of the film. Lookin' To Get Out has been transferred to disc in widescreen format, letterboxed in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78.1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16:9 playback on anamorphic monitors. A disclaimer notes that since Ashby's donated print was used as the source material, the quality is not pristine, but it looks far better than the warning might lead you to fear; Haskell Wexler's sharp and atmospheric camerawork is one of the best things about the movie, and if the print shows some wear here and there, it's more than acceptable. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, preserving the original monophonic sound mix, and the reproduction is fine, though Jon Voight and Burt Young's sub-wiseguy mumbling is as annoying and occasionally hard to follow now as it ever was (making the English subtitles all the more useful). The dialogue is in English, with optional English and French subtitles but no multiple language options. As a bonus, the disc includes a short documentary on the making of the film and the discovery of Ashby's extended cut, which features interviews with Voight, Young, leading lady Ann-Margret and co-screenwriter Al Schwartz. And as for the new cut of the movie, it does feel more like a Hal Ashby film, as more than one person in the documentary attests, though ultimately it's Hal Ashby doing a misguided homage to John Cassavetes (the film suggests some semi-comic fusion of The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie and Husbands), with Voight still as miscast as ever in the lead, even he was responsible for part of the script. Still, if nothing else this gives fans of Ashby's often impressive body of work a chance to see one of his most obscure films, and in an edition preferred by the director. It's an asset to film historians, even if it's still a flawed and uneven picture.
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Special Features

New interview with Jon Voight and co-screenwriter Al Schwartz; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • UPC: 883929037100
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Voight Alex Kovac
Ann-Margret Patti Warner
Burt Young Jerry Feldman
Bert Remsen Smitty
Jude Farese Harry
Allen Keller Joey
Richard Bradford Bernie Gold
Samantha Harper Lillian, Jerry's Ex-Wife
Fox Harris Harvey, Elevator Operator
Peter Lind Hayes
Mary Healy Tourist
Don Caldwell
Michael Deluna
Terry Fisher
Sig Frohlich Dealer
Wiley Harker Dr. Green
Don Lake Alfred
Ruth Manning Shannon
Joseph Miller
Patrick O'Neill Bartender
Roger Rook
Cis Rundle
Danny Tucker
Steve Vincent
David Welch
Howard Witt Sid
James DeCloss
Stacey Pickren Rusty, Redheaded Hooker
Marcheline Bertrand Girl in jeep
Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
John Beal Score Composer
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Andrew Braunsberg Executive Producer, Producer
Eva Gardos Editor
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Janice Hampton Editor
Robert Jones Editor
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Charles A. Myers Asst. Director
Robert Schaffel Producer
James L. Schoppe Art Director
Al Schwartz Screenwriter
Edward Teets Producer, Production Manager
Jon Voight Co-producer, Screenwriter
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
Jeff Wexler Sound Mixer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lookin' to Get Out
1. Charmer In a Rolls [4:33]
2. Marked Man [3:33]
3. Always a Problem [5:03]
4. Where the Money Is [5:31]
5. Pay...or Pay [5:44]
6. Bernie's Guests [4:16]
7. Over Our Heads [4:33]
8. To the Moon [6:22]
9. Old Reacquaintances [5:48]
10. Surprises Ahead [6:21]
11. Ticket to Get Out [4:36]
12. Taking Care of the Money [:17]
13. The Split and the Odds [7:24]
14. On the Run [5:45]
15. Ups and Downs [5:23]
16. Blackjack Spread [5:27]
17. Negative Financing [6:00]
18. Jackpot [5:21]
19. Game Over [3:03]
20. Casino Chaos [3:23]
21. Alex Can't Help It [5:02]
22. Swell Guy [3:08]
23. Daddy's Girl [3:13]
24. Payday [3:40]
25. End Credits [2:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Lookin' to Get Out
   Play Movie
      Start Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Lookin' to Get Out: the Cast Looks Back
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
      Subtitles
         English (For the Hearing Impaired)
         Fran├žais
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ok, not great!

    I'm a huge Ann-Margret fan. Being born in the 80s, I missed a lot of her earlier movies - so this was a must have as I had seen all of her movies but 10 and this one was on the list. She does a great job with what she was given (As always!!) - I have to say that I'm not all that big on Jon Voight's character - I wanted to reach through the screen and shake him a few times because he was pretty dumb in some scenes! Great twist in the end!! I'm glad that I finally got to see this one and have added to my A-M film collection.

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