Mystic Pizza

Mystic Pizza

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Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor

     
 

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Donald Petrie's Mystic Pizza was one of the harder-to-find laserdiscs for many years, having appeared (and promptly disappeared) from Image Entertainment, so this DVD is a double treat, solving the rarity problem with a low-priced, high-resolution edition of a beautiful movie. This edition looks great -- though one sort of longs to see how this picture mightSee more details below

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Overview

Donald Petrie's Mystic Pizza was one of the harder-to-find laserdiscs for many years, having appeared (and promptly disappeared) from Image Entertainment, so this DVD is a double treat, solving the rarity problem with a low-priced, high-resolution edition of a beautiful movie. This edition looks great -- though one sort of longs to see how this picture might look in high-definition -- and sounds very good; this release, from 2001, marked the point where DVDs began catching up to laser in terms of sound. It's also been encoded with 16 chapters, which is barely adequate for a picture like this -- it gets there by not dividing the credit sequence off from the introduction to the restaurant, or Kat's first meeting with her employer from the vignette with her mother, little matters like that which make this disc a little less valuable than it otherwise might be. It opens to the menu automatically on start-up and the bonus features include the original trailer and a choice of French and Spanish subtitles, English and Spanish stereo surround, and French mono.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Daniel Weizmann
A quirky cornerstone of cute-and-corny '80s moviemaking, Mystic Pizza follows three working class high school age girls as they learn important life lessons while serving slices in the resort town of Mystic, Connecticut. Julia Roberts made her first serious big-screen impression as Daisy, a rebellious soul in search of a future. When law school dropout Charlie (Adam Strout) courts her to anger his upper-class family, Daisy gets schooled in self-respect 101. Annabelle Gish is also memorable as Kat, who falls in love with a married Yale grad while babysitting his kid. Nostalgia is half the fun here: bad haircuts, homey sentimentality, and class tensions of the Reaganomics era abound. The brand new wide-screen DVD edition of the film includes the theatrical trailer, and is the perfect accompaniment for a 12" deep dish with everything on it.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Her first major film role didn't make Julia Roberts a star, but Mystic Pizza did make great use of the actress' earthy sensuality and onscreen charisma. Playing one of a trio of working-class young women in coastal New England, Roberts provided the va-va-voom to Lili Taylor's quirkiness and Annabeth Gish's quiet intensity. Decidedly matriarchal and working-class in its depictions of these young characters' lives, the film uses the pizza parlor of kindly Leona (Conchata Ferrell) as a symbol of both the bond of female friendship and the joys and limitations of life in a seaside resort town. Mystic Pizza splits its storytelling time equally between the romantic entanglements of its three heroines, but a subtle class consciousness colors even these stock scenarios: Kat (Gish) glimpses the dissatisfactions of Ivy League privilege in the marriage of her wealthy boss; Daisy (Roberts) has to reconcile her boyfriend's blue-blooded loafing with her own hard-working existence; and Jojo (Taylor) has to choose between a comfortable marriage and an uncertain future. Alternately cheery, somber, and melodramatic, the sometimes uneven Mystic Pizza nonetheless serves up an engaging, if misty-eyed, slice of small-town life.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2001
UPC:
0027616857781
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
13,379

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo Surround; French: mono; Spanish: stereo Surround; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Annabeth Gish Kat Araujo
Julia Roberts Daisy Araujo
Lili Taylor Jojo Barboza
Vincent D'Onofrio Bill Montijo
William R. Moses Tim Travers
Adam Storke Charles Gordon Winsor
Conchata Ferrell Leona Valsouano
Joanna Merlin Mrs. Arujo
Marrisa Carey Flower Girl
Porscha Radcliffe Phoebe Travers
Arthur Walsh Manny
John Fiore Jake
Gene Amoroso Mr. Ed Barboza
Janet Zarish Nicole
Louis Turenne Everyday Gourmet
John Cunningham Mr. Windsor
Ann Flood Polly Windsor
Suzanne Shepherd Aunt Tweedy
Matt Damon Steamer
Jody Raymond Teresa
Ray Zuppa Mitch
Keith Jochim Tourist #2
Wiley Moore Newscaster
Al Hodgkins Priest
Lew Resseguie Maitre D'

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Don Brochu Editor
David Chapman Production Designer
Russell Fager Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Fiedel Songwriter
Steven Frank Makeup
Samuel Goldwyn Executive Producer
Clay Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Mark Haack Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Perry Howze Screenwriter
Randy Howze Screenwriter
Jane Jenkins Casting
Amy Jones Original Story,Screenwriter
Ken Levin Special Effects
Mark Levinson Producer
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser Costumes/Costume Designer
David McHugh Score Composer
Joanne Pagliaro Screenwriter
Nan Piascik Makeup
Frankie Previte Songwriter
Mark A. Radcliffe Asst. Director
Scott Rosenfelt Producer,Production Manager
Marion Rothman Editor
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Steve Tyrell Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Uhry Screenwriter
Susan Vogelfang Producer
Vera Yurtchuk Makeup

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Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
1. Credits/Nervous Bride. [:26]
2. Straight-A Sitter. [3:01]
3. "Rich White Bread." [5:34]
4. "What A View!." [1:51]
5. Hitching A Date. [2:53]
6. Don't Monkey Around. [4:17]
7. Pumped Up For Romance. [2:58]
8. No Respect. [5:03]
9. Something Looks Fishy. [1:03]
10. Bye-Bye, Jojo. [5:34]
11. "Wipe Your Conscience." [:16]
12. The End Of The Affair. [8:08]
13. "The Fireside Gourmet." [1:10]
14. Rich Man, Poor Girl. [6:19]
15. "In A Word, Superb!." [1:50]
16. End Credits. [3:56]

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