Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

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 ...
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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.
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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
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Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 027616883599
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

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

Side #1 --
   Play
      Widescreen
      Standard
   Scenes
   Special Features
      Commentaries: By Director Rebecca Miller - On
      Commentaries: By Director Rebecca Miller - Off
      Commentaries: By Cinematographer Ellen Kuras and Gaffer John Nadeau - On
      Commentaries: By Cinematographer Ellen Kuras and Gaffer John Nadeau - Off
      In Conversation: Rebecca Miller and Cast
      Creating Personal Velocity
      Theatrical Trailer
         Widescreen
         Standard
      Other Great MGM Releases
         MGM Means Great Movies Trailer
         When Harry Met Sally: View Trailer
         The Silence of the Lambs: View Trailer
         007 DVD: View Trailer
         More Great MGM Releases
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      Português
      Subtitles: None
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