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Jonathan Demme's award-winning comedy Melvin and Howard comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Demme and production designer Toby Rafelson, the theatrical trailer, and biographies. This is a strong release from Anchor Bay. ...
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Jonathan Demme's award-winning comedy Melvin and Howard comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Demme and production designer Toby Rafelson, the theatrical trailer, and biographies. This is a strong release from Anchor Bay.
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One critic called Jonathan Demme's wistful, strange comedy "an almost flawless act of sympathetic imagination" and compared it to Jean Renoir directing a script by Preston Sturges. Actually, it was the fertile imagination of screenwriter Bo Goldman that concocted the story of Melvin Dummar (Paul LeMat), a Nevada milkman who picks up reclusive billionaire hitchhiker Howard Hughes (Jason Robards Jr.). According to this woolly tale, Dummar later inherits $150 million when Hughes dies. Goldman and Mary Steenburgen, who played Dummar's contest-obsessed wife, won Oscars for this slice of eccentric American life, which put Demme on the map as a director. It was his first big-budget job, and he infused plenty of whimsy and picaresque touches, helped greatly by Robards's and LeMat's off-kilter performances. It presaged by a few years Demme's similarly colorful road movie, Something Wild.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • UPC: 013131092394
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Le Mat Melvin Dummar
Jason Robards Jr. Howard Hughes
Mary Steenburgen Lynda Dummar
Jack Kehoe Jim Delgado
Michael J. Pollard Little Red
Dabney Coleman Judge Keith Hayes
Pamela Reed Bonnie Dummar
Gloria Grahame Mrs. Sisk
John Glover Attorney Freese
Charles Napier Ventura
Elizabeth Cheshire Darcy Dummar
Melvin E. Dummar Bus Depot Counterman
Susan Peretz Chapel Owner
Danny Dark "Easy Street" Announcer
Martine Beswicke Real Estate Woman
Charlene Holt Mrs. Worth
Melissa Williams Sherry Dummar
Rick Lenz Melvin's Lawyer
Joe Ragno Attorney Maxwell
Kathleen Sullivan Reporter
Chip Taylor Clark Taylor
Denise Galik Lucy
Gene Borkan 1st Go-Go Club Owner
Robert Ridgely Wally Williams
Robert Wentz Justice of the Peace
Hal Marshall Hal
Herbie Faye Man Witness
Brendan Kelly Milkman Ralph
Danny Tucker Milkman Pete
Shirley Washington Patient Debbie
Cheryl Smith Patient Ronnie
Melissa Prophet Easy Street Model
Anthony Alda Terry
Gary Goetzman Melvin's Cousin Fred
John Levin Reporter
Jack Verbois Holdup Man
Sonny Davis Milkman George
Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director
Michael Chinich Casting
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Don Heitzer Asst. Director
Bruce Langhorne Score Composer
Art Linson Producer
Craig McKay Editor
Terry Nelson Associate Producer
Don Phillips Producer
Toby Carr Rafelson Production Designer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Sawyer Art Director
William Scharf Sound Editor
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Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
0. Menu Group #1 with 22 chapter(s) covering 01:34:29
1. Program Start/Main Titles [6:37]
2. Melvin Helps Howard [2:47]
3. Melvin Howard Sing [6:07]
4. "Greasewood and sage." [2:10]
5. Howard Comes Home [1:44]
6. Lynda Leaves Melvin [3:22]
7. "I want to go home." [3:32]
8. Melvin Goes To Reno [4:07]
9. The Strip Club [3:34]
10. Melvin And Lynda Remarry [8:01]
11. A New Life [3:35]
12. Suburuban Life [2:03]
13. Easy Street [8:10]
14. Lynda Leaves Melvin Again [5:34]
15. The Christmas Party [5:32]
16. Melvin And Bonnie [3:20]
17. Stranger Leaves A Letter [4:44]
18. Melvin's Inheritance [6:12]
19. Melvin Goes To Trial [4:43]
20. Melvin Loses His Inheritance [3:29]
21. Melvin Remembers Howard [1:32]
22. End Credits [3:22]
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Extras
   Trailer
   Commentary
      Commentary On
      Commentary Off
   Talent Bios
      Jonothan Demme-director
      Bo Goldman-writer
      Paul Le Mat
      Jason Robards
      Mary Steenburgen
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quirky stuff

    Jason Robards might have won his third Oscar for this movie, but it went to Timothy Hutton. Mary Steenburgen did win however, and deservedly so. Hers is one of the best-ever supporting performances. This movie is offbeat and humorous and makes you think about the reality of chance (Was that bum REALLY Howard Hughes? Am I REALLY getting all this money?) and the manic nature of everyday events. It makes you question what ''luck'' is.

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