Lost in America

Lost in America

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Cast: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Garry Marshall, Art Frankel

     
 

Albert Brooks' hysterical comedy about yuppie life, Lost in America, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include theSee more details below

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Albert Brooks' hysterical comedy about yuppie life, Lost in America, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, as well as cast and crew profiles. This is a basic disc from Warner Bros., but it is great to have such a funny film available in a widescreen transfer for such a reasonable price.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Albert Brooks, master of the slow burn, was the director and co-writer, with Monica Johnson, behind this masterful evisceration of the materialistic values of 1980s American yuppie culture. In a wicked parody of the Me Generation, Brooks' protagonists' ideals are presented as a dark reflection of the idealism that suffered such a hard death after the 1960s. Lost in America's satirical emulation of Easy Rider sees David and Linda Howard not traveling the American hinterland on a chopper but roaming interstates in a gas-hogging Winnebago and talking reverently of the cocoon-like comfort that their "nest egg" provides. Initially aimed at finding the "real" America (they want to "touch the Indians"), the journey ultimately leads to Las Vegas, the heart of the American Dream's darkness. The greed of an entire money-obsessed generation is spread out before us in these moments, and Brooks' ability to turn his horror and disgust into our amusement is without parallel in movies of the era. Implicit in his rage is a challenge issued to his generation: is this the best you can do? Both Brooks and Julie Hagerty distinguish themselves in a cast that includes a classic supporting performance by Garry Marshall, whose explanation of the purpose of a casino to a flustered and desperate Brooks is a masterpiece of comic understatement. Brooks is not exactly a visionary with a camera, but his dialogue sings, and his near-hysterical exasperation as David is exactly right for the movie, one of cinema's most effectively vicious and hilarious satires of the 1980s.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0085391146025
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
15,223

Special Features

Cast and filmmaker profiles, original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks David Howard
Julie Hagerty Linda Howard
Garry Marshall Casino Manager
Art Frankel Employment Agent
Michael Greene Paul Dunn
Maggie Roswell Patty
Tom Tarpey Brad Tooley
Ernie Brown Pharmacist
Charles Boswell Highway Patrolman
Donald Gibb Ex-Convict
Barbara Claman Actor
Sylvia Farrel Receptionist
Tina Kincaid Model
Candy Ann Brown David's Secretary
Hans Wagner Hans
Brandy Rubin Paul Dunn's Secretary
Robert Hughes Security Guard
Ray Gideon Ray
John di Fusco Motorcyclist
Michael Cornelison Front Desk Clerk
Radu Gavor Bellman
John C. Reade Casino Security Guard
Pat Garrison Roulette Croupier
Byron Tong Roulette Player
Gayle Lanza Hostess
Zeke Manners Trailer Park Couple
Bea Manners Trailer Park Couple
Mark Sydney Boy on Bicycle
David Katz Boy on Bicycle
Raul Flores Boy on Bicycle
Herb Nanas Mercedes Driver
Joey Coleman Skippy
Rex Reed Himself (on radio)

Technical Credits
Albert Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Dick Albain Special Effects
Cynthia Bales Costumes/Costume Designer
David Finfer Editor
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Monica Johnson Screenwriter
Martin F. Katz Producer,Production Manager
Herb Nanas Executive Producer
Bill Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Eric Saarinen Cinematographer
Richard Sawyer Production Designer
Rick Sharp Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Rex Reed on movies (Credits). [3:29]
2. Responsible David. [3:38]
3. Man in the mirror. [:57]
4. Maybe this time? [3:12]
5. Car talk with Hans. [2:06]
6. Unexpected news. [7:02]
7. "We're free." [3:01]
8. Just like Easy Rider. [3:24]
9. America, here we come. [1:59]
10. On the road (Born to Be Wild). [2:17]
11. Las Vegas. [2:33]
12. Junior bridal suite. [3:59]
13. Her unlucky number. [3:02]
14. No more nest egg. [2:26]
15. A bold experiment. [4:01]
16. No Santa Claus. [2:25]
17. Hoover Dam. [2:43]
18. News egg principle. [4:40]
19. Lost: a whole woman. [2:10]
20. Truck stop rescue. [1:15]
21. Not a blessing. [2:56]
22. Easy Rider soulmate. [3:49]
23. Safford, AZ. [3:23]
24. A job from the $100,000 box. [6:18]
25. Mercedes inspection. [4:25]
26. New plan. [3:32]
27. New York, New York-bound. [2:30]
28. Coda. [:43]
29. End Credits [3:04]

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