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Pollock

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Director: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Jennifer Connelly

Cast: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Jennifer Connelly

 

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Pollock, the portrait of the troubled and self-destructive artist Jackson Pollock, makes its way to DVD and Columbia/TriStar should be commended for the fine disc they've produced. The image, which uses an anamorphic transfer framed at 1.85:1, is outstanding, with only a small number of distracting elements. Colors are bright and well saturated, but the most

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Pollock, the portrait of the troubled and self-destructive artist Jackson Pollock, makes its way to DVD and Columbia/TriStar should be commended for the fine disc they've produced. The image, which uses an anamorphic transfer framed at 1.85:1, is outstanding, with only a small number of distracting elements. Colors are bright and well saturated, but the most effective part of the transfer might just be the flesh tones, which are near perfectly reproduced. The 5.0 English track is certainly adequate for a film like this, though there is no use of the surrounds and only a limited amount of sound from the front left and right speakers. As for extra material, this disc has a good selection of rather impressive features. First up is a commentary track from the very soft-spoken director/actor Ed Harris. Though at times he mumbles and is difficult to understand, his love for art and filmmaking is evident. Equally important, though relatively short, is an excellent 20-minute featurette covering many aspects of the production. Also included is the Charlie Rose interview with Harris where he goes into even more detail about his passion for the artist and the desire to get this project made. Four deleted scenes, along with two trailers and some filmographies, round out this nice special edition.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Really big canvases and even bigger alcohol binges -- that's the career of American painter Jackson Pollock in a nutshell. This biographical film, directed by and starring actor Ed Harris (whose performance earned an Academy Award nod) places these facets of the abstract expressionist's life on extravagant display. Harris impresses in his debut behind the camera, chronicling Pollock's early days as a starving artist in New York's Greenwich Village, his dazzling ascent to the heights of art world stardom, his ongoing struggles with alcoholism and depression, and finally his death in a car accident in 1956. Harris studied actual footage of Pollack at work on his famous "drip" paintings, and the scenes in which the artist creates his legendary canvases are the movie's most visually compelling. At the center of the story is Pollock's stormy relationship with his strong-willed wife, the painter Lee Krasner, who, despite her own talent as an artist, devoted her energies to her husband's career rather than her own. Marcia Gay Harden's rock-solid performance as Krasner earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but ultimately Pollock is Harris's show. He bears a striking resemblance to the real Pollock, and his virile physical presence dominates the screen, conveying stiff suffering early in Pollock's career, wiry masculinity at the height of his success, and, finally, paunchy inebriation during the painter's last days. The result is a wrenching portrait of a tormented genius whose quest for greatness came at a heavy price.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An auspicious directorial debut from prolific actor Ed Harris, Pollock overcomes its occasional obscurity (a factor that has marred lesser films about painters) to become an effectively detailed look at the unruly soul of an artist. As director, Harris beautifully captures the slowly evolving art world of New York in its time frame with refreshing exactitude, and the screenplay (while sometimes episodic) never resorts to pandering in order to better understand this difficult, often unbearably cantankerous man. Harris excels as Pollock, but Marcia Gay Harden walks off with the picture as his longtime love. Her sublime generosity as a performer, mixed with a passionately rendered portrayal of a woman with no sure next move, combine to forge a unique and truly affecting creation (not to mention an uncanny likeness to the real-life Lee Krasner). The film was the surprise centerpiece picture of the 2000 New York Film Festival, where it played to enthusiastic response, including Harris' much-discussed weight gain (à la Robert De Niro in Raging Bull) for the latter part of the movie. Academy voters acknowledged Harris and Harden with nominations for Best Actor and Supporting Actress; only Harden walked off with a surprise win on Oscar night.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Ed Harris has always been a great actor in search of a role that could match his haunted intensity, and in Pollock ... he finds it.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
Like its subject, Pollock is a messy creation, but one whose depth of commitment and high attack keeps it on track.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
UPC:
0043396064546
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
18,200

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.0 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Ed Harris commentary; Making-of documentary; Theatrical trailers; Link to website; Charlie Rose interview with Ed Harris; Deleted scenes; Filmographies; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Harris Jackson Pollock
Marcia Gay Harden Lee Krasner
Amy Madigan Peggy Guggenheim
Jennifer Connelly Ruth Kligman
Jeffrey Tambor Clement Greenberg
Bud Cort Howard Putzel
John Heard Tony Smith
Val Kilmer William DeKooning
Barbara Garrick Betty Parsons

Technical Credits
Ed Harris Director,Producer
Joseph Allen Executive Producer
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Fred Berner Producer
Peter Brant Executive Producer
Scott Breindel Sound/Sound Designer
Susan J. Emshwiller Screenwriter
Susan Ernshwiller Screenwriter
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Kathryn Himoff Editor
Jon Kilik Producer
Teresa Mastropiero Art Director
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Cecilia Kate Roque Co-producer
Todd Thaler Casting
Barbara Turner Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:44]
2. The Pollock brothers [1:37]
3. Lee Krasner [3:16]
4. Three weeks to the day [6:07]
5. Making the family scene [5:02]
6. Ruben & Howard [1:35]
7. Peggy Guggenheim [:57]
8. "I'm just painting." [3:29]
9. Peggy pays a visit [3:25]
10. One-man show [2:13]
11. Peggy's mural [6:14]
12. Art lover [4:56]
13. "I wanna get married." [3:35]
14. The Springs [5:13]
15. State of the union [4:18]
16. Nothing sacred? [4:44]
17. Raising the stakes [8:25]
18. LIFE article [6:41]
19. Betty Parsons Gallery [2:45]
20. The meaning of Modern Art [1:06]
21. Pollock family reunion [2:46]
22. Art on film [3:29]
23. First drink in two years [:25]
24. A good ten-year run [5:51]
25. Ruth Klingman [5:05]
26. Edith Metzger [5:20]
27. No condition to drive [3:51]
28. The Crash [2:33]

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