On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

4.5 7
Director: Mark Rydell

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda

     
 

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Originally released on DVD by Live Entertainment (later renamed Artisan Entertainment) in 1998, and a fine disc in its own right, this re-release adds plenty to make this an even better version. Unlike the initial release, though, this one provides an anamorphic transfer in the theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and it's never looked better. Billy Williams' gorgeous… See more details below

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Originally released on DVD by Live Entertainment (later renamed Artisan Entertainment) in 1998, and a fine disc in its own right, this re-release adds plenty to make this an even better version. Unlike the initial release, though, this one provides an anamorphic transfer in the theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and it's never looked better. Billy Williams' gorgeous photography shines in every respect, from the naturalistic lighting to the amazing golden hues. Fortunately, a few scratches on the print are hardly noticeable and not enough to create a distraction. Grain is also kept to a minimum. The remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is also new, but you would be hard pressed to notice much of a difference from the optional two-channel surround track. The 5.1 track is a little more full, but certainly doesn't show off the capabilities of multi-channels. As for supplements, a charming, though all too short, tribute to the life and career of Katharine Hepburn is included, as is an exceptional documentary on the film's production, particularly the work of Williams. Through interviews with the cinematographer himself and many others involved in the production, a clear understanding of the photography and the crew's love of this film can be found. Finally, a commentary track from writer Ernest Thompson is included, in addition to one by director Mark Rydell, which was on the original DVD release. Both men provide plenty of anecdotal information, which is worth listening to and helps make this disc all the better.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
As America staggered out of its post-Vietnam Carter-era late-'70's numbness, films became one of the means to healing the country's psychic wounds. Consequently, 1981's On Golden Pond became one of a string of films anchored by the generational theme of parent-child rapprochement. One of the things that set this film apart from its contemporaries was the first-time pairing of real life father and daughter Henry and Jane Fonda. In order to evoke the requisite nostalgic tone, director Mary Rydell's film is seeped in sepia-golden hues courtesy of veteran cinematographer Billy Williams III. The film's conflict resolution process is too pat and the direction too self-congratulatory to allow it status as a classic, but there is genuine pathos plus some remarkable work done by Katharine Hepburn and Best Actor Oscar winner Henry Fonda. The elder thespians raise their roles from what could have been clichés (the doting wife, the dottering coot) into the realm of archetypes. The supporting characters fare less well, as the script sometimes short circuits their development in order to get to the next big emotional moment. Despite these complaints, On Golden Pond succeeds because of its appealingly humane plea for generational healing and the wonderful work of Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1998
UPC:
0012236047902
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Live / Artisan
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Widescreen version; Reverse-spiral, dual-layer disc; Director's commentary track; Documentary; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Spanish subtitles; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and crew information

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Ethel Thayer
Henry Fonda Norman Thayer Jr.
Jane Fonda Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Doug McKeon Billy Ray
Dabney Coleman Bill Ray
William Lanteau Charlie Martin
Chris Rydell Sumner Todd

Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Terry Carr Producer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Bruce Gilbert Producer
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Emad Helmey Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Primus Casting
Ida Random Production Designer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Martin Starger Producer
Ernest Thompson Original Story,Screenwriter
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Robert Wolfe Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. On Golden Pond [3:35]
2. Welcome Back [7:16]
3. Buzz Off [1:57]
4. Nitwits [2:23]
5. Strawberries [4:28]
6. Letter from Chelsea [5:01]
7. Pretty Face [2:54]
8. Talking to Friends [2:37]
9. Hello, Norman [3:34]
10. Indoor Plumbing [2:24]
11. Charming Ambiance [7:05]
12. Skinny Dipping [2:07]
13. Suck Face [1:52]
14. Keeping Billy [2:32]
15. Happy Birthday [1:14]
16. Lucky Man [2:22]
17. Intense Competition [1:10]
18. My Father [3:08]
19. Good-bye, Kid [1:10]
20. It's a Good Word [1:04]
21. Dumped [1:19]
22. Dive, Boy! [2:38]
23. A Secret Place [4:49]
24. Lighting Fires [4:23]
25. Out for a Spin [2:31]
26. Purgatory Cove [6:56]
27. Reverse [2:28]
28. Rescue [2:21]
29. Juvenile Delinquents [1:19]
30. My Husband [3:46]
31. It's Walter [:51]
32. Talk to Him [5:01]
33. Back Flip [:57]
34. Good-bye, Norman [1:26]
35. Call a Doctor [6:01]
36. End Credits [2:00]

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