Pecker

Overview

John Waters fans will undoubtedly be delighted with New Line Home Video's release of Pecker, offering not only a great presentation of the film itself, but some truly enjoyable, entertaining, and insightful extras. Presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for widescreen TVs, the image is crisp and clear with lively colors complementing Robert Stevens' cinematography and the overall light, fun feel of the film. Though flesh tones have a slightly reddish tint at times, the image is, for the ...
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Overview

John Waters fans will undoubtedly be delighted with New Line Home Video's release of Pecker, offering not only a great presentation of the film itself, but some truly enjoyable, entertaining, and insightful extras. Presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for widescreen TVs, the image is crisp and clear with lively colors complementing Robert Stevens' cinematography and the overall light, fun feel of the film. Though flesh tones have a slightly reddish tint at times, the image is, for the most part, flawless. The audio, available in either English or French Dolby Digital 5.1 or Stereo Surround, remains clear and free of distortion or hiss. With a fairly simple audio scheme the disc never really takes full advantage of the Dolby Digital sound system, utilizing the rear speakers mainly for incidental and ambient sound, with the focus remaining on the front and center speakers. Subtitles are offered in easy-to-read English and straddle the lower portion of the letterboxing, remaining fairly unobtrusive to the image itself. Simply designed and easy to navigate, the "Main Menu" offers such special features as informative cast and crew biographies and filmographies in addition to a theatrical trailer and a segment entitled "Pecker's Snapshot Gallery" in which photographer Chuck Shaccohis (who actually took the pictures credited to Pecker in the film) discusses the various influences and techniques he utilized in creating Pecker's seemingly impulsive imagery. The main attraction of the special features section though, as any Waters's fan can attest, is the humorous and lively commentary track. Waters' commentary tracks are consistently entertaining and nearly as fun as his films. His commentary for Pecker is no exception, remaining humorous and insightful throughout. A fun package with some great special features, Pecker is a well-presented and entertaining addition to any DVD collection.
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Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; Audio commentary by John Waters; Pecker's snapshot gallery; on-camera interview with Chuck Shacochis, the real photographer behind Pecker's portfolio; Cast and crew biographies and filmographies; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The strongest of John Waters' post-Hairspray Hollywood films, this gentle satire offers something neither the flat Serial Mom nor the bombastic Cecil B. Demented could muster: characters whose tics and schtick recall the director's best underground work, but who still seem only half a step removed from reality. Waters regulars Patty Hearst and Mink Stole don't have nearly enough to do, but the rest of the cast is a who's who of indie and comedy talent, from sitcom royalty Mary Kay Place to '80s survivors Lili Taylor and Martha Plimpton and '90s kids Christina Ricci and Brendan Sexton Jr. As Pecker, the outsider artist suddenly embraced by the tastemakers and the money people, Edward Furlong displays a sweetness and vulnerability that didn't always come across in his earlier work; in fact, the entire film is suffused with a good-heartedness that's miles away from Waters classics such as Pink Flamingos. Critical reception centered on the parallels between Pecker's experiences and those of former guerilla filmmaker Waters, both of whom have a knack for turning folks on to the freaks who lurk just out of middle-class sight. Ultimately, though, it's the character-driven humor and a clutch of first-rate running gags that invest Pecker with its considerable quirky charm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 794043473128
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,461

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Furlong Pecker
Christina Ricci Shelley
Mary Kay Place Joyce
Martha Plimpton Tina
Brendan Sexton Jr. Matt
Brendan Sexton III Matt
Mark Joy Jimmy
Mink Stole Precinct Captain
Lili Taylor Rorey
Bess Armstrong Dr. Klompus
Patricia Hearst Lynn Wentworth
Jean Schertler Memama
Lauren Hulsey Little Chrissy
Donald Neal Mr. Bozak
Technical Credits
John Waters Director, Screenwriter
Rick Angelella Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. Executive Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
John Fiedler Producer
Janice Hampton Editor
Hopkins-Smith-Barden Casting
Pat Moran Casting
Mark Ordesky Executive Producer
Vincent Peranio Production Designer
Joe Revitte Executive Producer
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Mark Tarlov Producer
Jonathan Weisgal Executive Producer
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Scene Selection
1. Main titles. [4:14]
2. Slavin' at the Sub Pit. [1:31]
3. Let's go shopping! [3:13]
4. Sit-n-Spin. [2:09]
5. Shoppin' with the homeless. [4:15]
6. Peekin' in the pelt room. [1:15]
7. Mi mama and Mary. [3:50]
8. Tea baggin' at the Fudge Palace. [2:39]
9. I'll make you a star!. [6:50]
10. Pecker takes manhattan. [10:40]
11. "We were robbed!." [4:49]
12. Outside help. [3:41]
13. The jig is up! [6:11]
14. Darling, you look fabulous!. [2:57]
15. "Beaver brutality!." [3:08]
16. Fired from the Fudge Palace. [2:49]
17. "Do it for the art.." [3:15]
18. Vote Pecker. [4:24]
19. "Welcome to Pecker's place.." [10:21]
20. End credits. [3:54]
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Menu

Side #1--
   Play
   Language Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Commentary By John Waters
      Peck's Snapshot Gallery
      The Cast And Crew
         John Waters
         Edward Furlong
         Christina Ricci
         Martha Plimpton
         Mary Kay Place
         Lili Taylor
         brendan sexton III
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