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Postcards from the Edge
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Postcards from the Edge

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Director: Mike Nichols, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid

Cast: Mike Nichols, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid

 

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Carrie Fisher's best-selling novel (inspired by her own life and career) was brought to the screen in this comedy drama, which gets a well-rounded presentation on DVD. Postcards From the Edge has two transfers for this double-sided release, a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9

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Carrie Fisher's best-selling novel (inspired by her own life and career) was brought to the screen in this comedy drama, which gets a well-rounded presentation on DVD. Postcards From the Edge has two transfers for this double-sided release, a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), and a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround, while optional dubbed tracks in Spanish, French and Portuguese appear in Dolby Digital Stereo. This disc also includes optional subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Among the bonus materials are an audio commentary from Carrie Fisher, notes on the film's production, biographies of the cast and crew, and the original theatrical trailer.

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With her wickedly funny adaptation of Postcards from the Edge from her own semi-autobiographical novel, Carrie Fisher proved that she was more than an actress most famous for battling space thugs in a chain-mail bikini. And with her performance in Postcards from the Edge, Meryl Streep proved herself exquisitely capable of all-out comic work, imbuing her character with dry wit and caustic insecurity. Although Postcards is perhaps most memorable for both Fisher's and Streep's work, it is also a successfully realized comedy-satire that functions as both a comedy about mother-daughter relationships and a satire of Hollywood in all its dysfunctional glory. Director Mike Nichols staged one of the decade's best casting coups, starring Shirley MacLaine and Streep opposite each other as the constantly bickering but ultimately caring mother and daughter, loosely based on Fisher and her own mother, Debbie Reynolds. Saved from brattiness by Fisher's intelligence and humor, Postcards is whip-smart fun, causing as many gasps as laughs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
UPC:
0043396058484
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Carrie Fisher audio commentary; Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Scene selections; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Suzanne Vale
Shirley MacLaine Doris Mann
Dennis Quaid Jack Falkner
Gene Hackman Lowell
Richard Dreyfuss Dr. Frankenthal
Rob Reiner Joe Pierce
Conrad Bain Grandpa
Mary Wickes Grandma
Annette Bening Evelyn Ames
Simon Callow Simon Asquith
Gary Morton Marty Wiener
Dana Ivey Wardrobe Mistress
Stanley de Santis Actor
Bazil Donovan Actor
Ellen Lewis Actor
Juliet Taylor Actor
CCH Pounder Julie Marsden
Sidney Armus Sid Roth
Robin Bartlett Aretha
Barbara Garrick Carol
Anthony Heald George Lazan
Oliver Platt Neil Bleene
Michael Ontkean Robert Munch
Pepe Serna Raoul
Mark Lowenthal Bart
Michael Byers Allen
J.D. Souther Ted
Peter Onorati Cameraman
Roy Helland Makeup Man
Douglas Roberts Soundman
R.M. Haley Assistant Director No. 1
Kathleen Gray Cindy
Gloria Crayton Maid at Party
Gary Matanky Sound Editor
Marc Tubert Sound Editor
John Verea Young Intern
Rene Assa Passport Official
Natalia Nogulich Friend at Airport
Susan Forristal Friends at Airport
Evelina Fernandez Airline Employee
Neil Machlis Rob Sonnenfeld
Gary Jones Fan at Party
Jane Galloway Nurse
Jason Tomlins Officer
Shelley Kirk First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond Script Supervisor
Scott Frankel Pianist at Party
Sheridan Leatherbury Stand-In
Ken Gutstein Director of Photography
James Deeth Helicopter Pilot
Robert Marshall Helicopter Pilot
Jim Cuddy Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor Blue Rodeo Band
Mark French Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Weiseman Blue Rodeo Band
Carrie Fisher Actor
George D. Wallace Carl
Steven Brill Assistant Director No. 2

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director,Co-producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Chris A. Butler Set Decoration/Design
John Calley Co-producer
Carrie Fisher Screenwriter
Robert Greenhut Producer
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Neil Machlis Producer
Susan MacNair Associate Producer
Sam O'Steen Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Shaffer Songwriter
Howard Shore Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Shel Silverstein Score Composer,Songwriter
Carly Simon Score Composer
Stephen Sondheim Songwriter
Kandy Stern Art Director
Cindy Walker Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:43]
2. Emergency Room drop-off [4:02]
3. Julie Marsden [4:04]
4. Doris Mann [2:05]
5. Mother/daughter visit [3:59]
6. Insurance conditions [3:05]
7. Joe Pierce [2:36]
8. L.A. Beat day one [1:33]
9. Doris' dream [2:04]
10. Grandma & Grandpa [2:10]
11. "You Don't Know Me" [3:23]
12. "I'm still here" [3:47]
13. Low enjoyment level [1:05]
14. Neil Bleene [1:49]
15. Body shop talk [3:46]
16. "Nothing happened." [4:21]
17. Sharing Jack [2:17]
18. "I think I love you." [3:57]
19. Worried [4:04]
20. Evelyn Ames [3:17]
21. Acting like a wife [5:55]
22. "Marty Weiper's disappeared." [2:29]
23. Blame [5:11]
24. Looping with Lowell [6:17]
25. Drunken brawl with tree [2:41]
26. Making up [5:48]
27. Dr. Frankenthal [2:06]
28. "I'm Checkin' Out" [7:42]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:43]
2. Emergency Room drop-off [4:02]
3. Julie Marsden [4:04]
4. Doris Mann [2:05]
5. Mother/daughter visit [3:59]
6. Insurance conditions [3:05]
7. Joe Pierce [2:36]
8. L.A. Beat day one [1:33]
9. Doris' dream [2:04]
10. Grandma & Grandpa [2:10]
11. "You Don't Know Me" [3:23]
12. "I'm Still Here" [3:47]
13. Low enjoyment level [1:05]
14. Neil Bleene [1:49]
15. Body shop talk [3:46]
16. "Nothing happened." [4:21]
17. Sharing Jack [2:17]
18. I think I love You."|00:03:57|}
19. Worried [4:04]
20. Evelyn Ames [3:17]
21. Acting like a wife [5:55]
22. "Marty Weiper's disappeared." [2:29]
23. Blame [5:11]
24. Looping with Lowell [6:17]
25. Drunken brawl with tree [2:41]
26. Making up [5:48]
27. Dr. Frankenthal [2:06]
28. "I'm Checkin' Out" [7:42]

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Postcards from the Edge 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
she (streep) has done better, but i still liked this one. get the dvd and burn shel's song at the end, she really lets go on it.. should have won for original song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite film. Love the writing. Some of the best lines ever.
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This is one of those movies that seems reasonably enjoyable while you're watching it, but on reflection seems more pompous and manipulative in retrospect. It is based on a book by Carrie Fisher, who, I understand pretty much denied a frequent assumption that her book was essentially autobiographical. The main character, Suzanne Vale, played by Meryl Streep, is interpreted as Fisher herself under that persistent, however vehemently denied, autobiographical assumption. Meryl Streep is a bold actress willing to take chances. This movie can hardly be called one of the better payoffs of her chance-taking. On the surface it is a bittersweet and humorous account of the drug-rehab experiences of Suzanne (or whoever she represents). But on reflection, it's often seems more like Suzanne's vanity project than an honest focus on the tribulations of drug rehabilitation. Some characters seem in the story mainly to be trashed. One is a character, played by Annette Bening, who crosses paths with Suzanne. The main focus regarding that character is to caricature her as an airhead, with a tone of moral superiority on Suzanne's part. Bening's character is ridiculed, for example, for saying ''endolphins'' when she means ''endorphins''. Another more major character equally ridiculed is an erstwhile romantic interest of Suzanne's, played by Dennis Quaid. Suzanne's mother refers to this guy as ''your friend with bedroom eyes''. Suzanne responds with what would be, if it stood in its own right, a zany and apt satire of the whole concept of ''bedroom eyes''. But by later coming around to agreeing with her mother's admonition, she effectively refutes her own flippant comeback to the ''bedroom eyes'' assertion. In general the parts involving Suzanne's mother (played by Shirley MacLaine) may be somewhat more effective. Her mother is at first an effectively buffooned character. But when later Suzanne comes to respect her mom as a source of wisdom, there's no very smooth transition between the two stages. And somewhere along the way, Suzanne is excessively harsh in ridiculing her mother's reference to herself as ''middle-aged''.