Personal Velocity: Three Portraits by Rebecca Miller |Kyra Sedgwick, David Warshofsky | 27616883599 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Director: Rebecca Miller

Cast: Kyra Sedgwick, David Warshofsky

     
 

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Personal Velocity provides a mixed bag of extra features that still offer enough to make it worthwhile. Especially interesting is "Rebecca Miller and Cast," a 25-minute conversation that allows Miller and the three primary actors to talk openly about their experiences making the film. Also well-done is "Creating Personal Velocity," a 14-minute featurette that

Overview

Personal Velocity provides a mixed bag of extra features that still offer enough to make it worthwhile. Especially interesting is "Rebecca Miller and Cast," a 25-minute conversation that allows Miller and the three primary actors to talk openly about their experiences making the film. Also well-done is "Creating Personal Velocity," a 14-minute featurette that presents intimate behind-the-scenes footage. The lack of promotional narration or any specific structure matches the film's tone and offers a comfortable atmosphere. A feature-length commentary from Rebecca Miller would seem like a great idea, but her track has far too many long breaks. She speaks in very quiet tones and does inject a few interesting points, but there is just not enough to warrant a full viewing. The second commentary, with cinematographer Ellen Kuras and gaffer John Nadeau, does include some worthwhile material, but it also is far from compelling. Low-definition digital video photography makes it more difficult to evaluate DVD transfers, since the grain and muted colors are more inherent to the medium. However, this 1.85:1 widescreen picture does succeed in providing an easily watchable presentation. This disc also offers a full-frame transfer, which contains significant grain and lacks the clarity of its visual counterpart. Personal Velocity utilizes a decent 5.1 channel Dolby Digital transfer that presents the extensive dialogue understandably and effectively; however, it lacks much power and rarely utilizes the rear speakers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
This assured and cleverly written second film from director/writer Rebecca Miller comes in three parts, all well acted and engaging. The narration by John Ventimiglia is particularly lively. The three characters that the film focuses on -- Delia (Kyra Sedgwick), Greta (Parker Posey), and Paula (Fairuza Balk) -- are all forced to make tough decisions. Delia is fleeing an abusive husband and must begin to create a new life for herself and three kids. She's one tough cookie, striking out at everyone who's trying to help her along the way. The dramatic and emotional scenes in this story will resonate with women trapped in abusive relationships, and Kyra Sedgwick is fantastic. Then there's the more upper-class story of Greta, who's on the move in the publishing business and slowly coming to the revelation that she must leave her nice-guy husband behind. This bit is more humorous and entertaining than the other two parts. The last story is about the semi-homeless Paula, who is also running away from a relationship and, in her case, pretty much everyone. This story is the least deeply felt of the three, and Paula seems a little bit like a sketch of many other runaway characters from various movies. A huge hit at Sundance, Personal Velocity epitomizes quality independent filmmaking and deserves a large audience.
All Movie Guide
This assured and cleverly-written second film from director/writer Rebecca Miller comes in three parts, all well acted and engaging. The narration by John Ventimiglia is particularly lively. The three characters that the film focuses on, Delia (Kyra Sedgwick), Greta (Parker Posey) and Paula (Fairuza Balk) are all forced to make tough decisions. Delia is fleeing an abusive husband and must begin to create a new life for herself and three kids. She's one tough cookie striking out at everyone who's trying to help her along the way. The dramatic and emotional scenes in this story will resonate with women trapped in abusive relationships and Kyra Sedgwick is fantastic. Then there's the more upper class story of Greta, who's on the move in the publishing business and slowly coming to the revelation that she must leave her nice-guy husband behind. This bit is more humorous and entertaining than the other two parts. The last story is about the semi-homeless Paula, who is also running away from a relationship and in her case pretty much everyone. This story is the least deeply felt of the three and Paula seems a little bit like a sketch of many other runaway characters from various movies. A huge hit at Sundance, Personal Velocity epitomizes quality, independent filmmaking and deserves a large audience. Adam Bregman
Entertainment Weekly
Personal Velocity has a no-frills docu-Dogma plainness, yet Miller lingers on invisible, nearly psychic nuances, leaping into digressions of memory and desire. She boxes these women's souls right open for us. Owen Gleiberman
New York Times
Even when the movie is over, the psychological physics of Personal Velocity will remain in your head. Elvis Mitchell
Hollywood Reporter
In this involving film of three decidedly different women, filmmaker Rebecca Miller has distilled some gripping character portraits. Duane Byrge

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
UPC:
0027616883599
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Rebecca Miller; Audio commentary with cinematographer Ellen Kuras & gaffer John Nadeau; "In Conversation: Rebecca Miller and Cast" featurette; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Original theatrical trailer; English 5.1 Surround; English, French, Spanish, & Portuguese language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Ventimiglia Narrator
Kyra Sedgwick Delia
David Warshofsky Kurt
Brian Tarantina Pete
Mara Hobel Fay
Parker Posey Greta
Fairuza Balk Paula
Leo Fitzpatrick Mylert
Tim Guinee Lee
Wallace Shawn Mr. Gelb
Joel de la Fuente Thavi
Ron Leibman Avram,Avram Herskovitz
Ron Liebman Avram
Josh Phillip Weinstein Oscar
Ben Shenkman Max
Lou Taylor Pucci Kevin
Seth Gilliam Vincent
David Patrick Kelly Peter
Patti D'Arbanville Celia
Marceline Hugot Pam
Nick Cubbler John Wurtzle
Nicole Murphy May Wurtzle
Sarah Morf Claire Wurtzle
Laura Finelli Young Delia
Dean Strange Norwegian Man
Michi Barall Felicia Wong
Tim Hopper Mr, Brown, the Adventist
Maria Elena Ramirez News Reporter
Christopher Fitzgerald Greg
Susan Blommaert Mrs. Toron
Angela Trento Lola
Danielle Tagger Marla
Peter Galman Man in His 50's
Tony Osso Waiter
Monica Paskiewicz Mimi
Quentin Mare Darius
Brian Bell Playwright
Kaluska Poventud Maroushka
Francis Akins Jesse
Bill Burns Court Steps Reporter
Jennifer Lent Young Fay
Lynne Anne Hart Mylert's Mother
Eileen Stancage Old Woman
Corinne Brownsell Dunkin Donuts Cashier
Eleanor Niel Girl on Swing
Stephi Licciardi Girl on Swing
Samantha Steinel Girl on Swing

Technical Credits
Rebecca Miller Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Marie Abma Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexis Alexanian Producer
Judy Becker Production Designer
Dan Brillman Asst. Director
Carl Paulino Studios Makeup Special Effects
Maus Drechsler Set Decoration/Design
Carrie Fix Asst. Director
Mariusz Glabinski Sound Editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz Sound Editor
Sabine Hoffman Editor
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Heather Loeffler Set Decoration/Design
Paul Mason Makeup Special Effects
Martina Radwan Cinematographer
Sanna Reilly Makeup
Michael Rohatyn Score Composer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
701 Sound Sound Editor
Ira Spiegel Sound Editor
Lemore Syvan Producer
Cindy Tolan Casting
Gary Winick Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [3:02]
2. "Delia Was Tough" [1:52]
3. A Shunt Family History [4:19]
4. Her Babies' Screaming [6:11]
5. A Friend in Fay [5:33]
6. A Good Waitress [5:06]
7. Dating the Greasy Guy [3:44]
8. Greta's Kind, Quiet Life [2:05]
9. The Great Fat Trimmer [6:38]
10. Avram's Benevolent Mission [3:44]
11. A Problem With Fidelity [5:43]
12. Groping and Grappling... [2:44]
13. ...With Success and Ambition [5:34]
14. Paula's First Hitchhiker [3:50]
15. A Strange(r's) Accident [4:58]
16. Waiting... for Vincent [3:59]
17. Hurt All Over [5:51]
18. "It's Gotta Mean Something" [3:48]
19. A Thieving Little Sign [3:45]
20. End Credits [3:40]

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