Payday

Overview

Payday has earned a powerful cult reputation since it was released in 1972, which is impressive considering how few people have actually seen the movie -- it never received a full-fledged nationwide theatrical release, and its availability on home video has been spotty at best. However, the strength of Rip Torn's wired, maniacal performance hasn't dimmed a bit with the passage of time, and this DVD release from Warner Bros. finally makes the film widely available. Payday has been transferred to disc in the ...
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Overview

Payday has earned a powerful cult reputation since it was released in 1972, which is impressive considering how few people have actually seen the movie -- it never received a full-fledged nationwide theatrical release, and its availability on home video has been spotty at best. However, the strength of Rip Torn's wired, maniacal performance hasn't dimmed a bit with the passage of time, and this DVD release from Warner Bros. finally makes the film widely available. Payday has been transferred to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the image is letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. Richard C. Glouner's cinematography sometimes makes Payday look more like a made-for-TV movie than a theatrical feature (doubtless a product of the film's low budget), but this DVD presents the images in the best possible light -- the source materials are squeaky clean, the transfer is pin-sharp and the colors are rich and naturalistic, especially during the outdoor sequences. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the quality is good if not exceptional. The dialogue is in English, with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options. As a bonus, this edition includes a commentary track featuring producer and financier Saul Zaentz and director Daryl Duke; since Duke died in the fall of 2006, either this disc has been in production for some time (it was released in January 2008) or his comments were rescued from another source. At any rate, Duke's comments tend to have more to do with the film and what inspired it, while Zaentz's contributions more often focus on his first efforts in film production and the life of musicians on the road. The disc also includes Payday's original theatrical trailer as well as a trailer for The Dukes of Hazard: The Beginning, which seems wildly incompatible with the main feature. If the extras aren't as impressive as one might hope, this is still a solid presentation of a more than worthwhile film, and hopefully this disc will allow Payday to finally find the wider audience it richly deserves.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Daryl Duke and Saul Zaentz; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
In the early '70s, stalwart character actor Rip Torn got juicy leading roles in a trio of independently produced films: as Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer, as a psychiatrist secretly filming his trysts with female patients and other lovers in Coming Apart, and as country singer Maury Dann in this wild ride, easily the best of the bunch. Dann is a hell-raising country singer in the grand if not glorious tradition of Hank Williams. He is unapologetically ornery and selfish, and if he weren't so damned charming about it, you'd want to take a poke at him. Don Carpenter's sharp script demonstrates the allure of Maury's world to several innocents (a groupie, a teenaged guitarist), but Carpenter, through his portrayal of the resourceful and ultimately self-absorbed Maury, makes it clear that the music business is not for the faint of heart. According to Payday, not everyone making, selling, or broadcasting music is evil, but there are more opportunities for those people who are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • UPC: 085391186366
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,848

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Edwards Restaurant Manager
Cliff Emmich Chauffeur
Winton McNair Highway Policeman
Earle Trigg Disk Jockey
Bobby Smith Lyman Pitt
Rip Torn Maury Dann
Ahna Capri Mayleen
Richard Hoffman Foggy Bottom Yonce
Bill Littleton Process Server
Ed Neeley Abe
Sonny Shroyer Dabney
Henry O. Arnold Ted
Walter Bamberg Bridgeway
Clara Dunn Mama Dann
Eleanor Fell Galen Dann
Michael Gwynne Clarence
Elayne Heilveil Rosamond
Jeff Morris Tally
Linda Spatz Sandy
Technical Credits
Daryl Duke Director
Ed Bogas Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen W. Carpenter Screenwriter
Don Carpenter Co-producer, Screenwriter
Hal Etherington Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Fink Producer
Ralph J. Gleason Executive Producer
Richard C. Glouner Cinematographer
Gary Grillo Asst. Director
Richard Halsey Editor
Tommy McKinney Songwriter
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Shel Silverstein Songwriter
Sylvia Tyson Songwriter
Ian Tyson Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Payday
1. She's Only a Country Girl [4:05]
2. Piece of the Gate [4:18]
3. Money to Be Made [5:10]
4. What's on Bob's Mind [4:11]
5. Time to Court a Lady [6:05]
6. Mama Dann [3:45]
7. Shooting Birds [4:03]
8. Purchase Price [5:22]
9. Road Ruckus [3:34]
10. Sweet Little Backseat Thing [6:22]
11. Let Maury Decide [2:49]
12. Whhy Strong-Arm [4:36]
13. Mayleen Gets Out [2:29]
14. Chief Cook and Bottle Washer [5:38]
15. Can't Hang Around [2:32]
16. Remember Last Night? [3:12]
17. Fixing a Knife Incident [3:11]
18. What's the Matter? [7:25]
19. Slowly Fadin' Circle [6:00]
20. Overnight Visit [4:32]
21. Crowding Maury [1:59]
22. Dead Man Driving [5:20]
23. End Credits [4:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Payday
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Daryl Duke and Saul Zaentz
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Trailer [Trailer]
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
      Subtitles
         English
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