Prince Avalanche

Overview

A remake of the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way, David Gordon Green's quirky character study tells the tale of Alvin and Lance, two polar opposites from the city who nurture an unlikely friendship while repainting traffic lines on a damaged country road during the summer of 1988. Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance Le Gault star.
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Overview

A remake of the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way, David Gordon Green's quirky character study tells the tale of Alvin and Lance, two polar opposites from the city who nurture an unlikely friendship while repainting traffic lines on a damaged country road during the summer of 1988. Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance Le Gault star.
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Special Features

Deleted scene: do the dance; Paul and Emile; From the ashes; Lance LeGault; Interview with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch; Interview with director David Gordon Green; AXS TV: a look at Prince Avalanche; Commentary with director and crew; Theatrical trailer
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Director David Gordon Green has two sides to him. There's the melancholy side he showed us in All the Real Girls, full of long, quiet takes and poignant, reticent heartbreak, and then there's the wild and crazy side he showed us in Pineapple Express, full of bitingly ridiculous slapstick and excellent weed jokes. His latest effort, 2013's Prince Avalanche, strives to combine these two sides, but in the end it's sadder than it is silly. The story concerns Alvin (Paul Rudd), an overly serious road worker, and Lance (Emile Hirsch), a hard-partying kid who just happens to be the brother of Alvin's girlfriend Madison. The film takes place in 1988, just after a massive forest fire has wrecked most of the markings on a seemingly endless stretch of remote country road. Alvin has hooked Lance up with a job, and now the two of them are spending their summer out in the middle of nowhere, pitching posts and painting lines by day and sleeping in a little pup tent by night. The two guys often drive each other crazy with their drastically different attitudes, leading to Napoleon Dynamite-style verbal face-offs and Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly-esque slap fights. But despite the comedy present in the script, the movie is pitched at a very, very serious tone. Alvin is a really troubled guy, and it becomes increasingly clear that, despite all of his grand statements about self-reliance and his tendency to write his girlfriend epic, passionate love letters, his need to be far away from her and the rest of the real world is pathological. Technically, the film is a comedy/drama, but the overall vibe of Prince Avalanche is elegiac and reflective. However much humor might have appeared on the page for Rudd and Hirsch to work with, even their funniest moments are orchestrated with mumblecore-like cinema verité handycam and a somber, earnest soundtrack; expect lots of acoustic indie folk played over long takes of people walking through a charred forest. At one point, Alvin talks to a woman as she sifts through the ashes that were once her house. It's exactly as tragic as it sounds. If you were a big fan of All the Real Girls, then this probably sounds like a description of Green doing what he does best. But if you're hoping for another Pineapple Express or The Sitter, Prince Avalanche probably doesn't have what you're looking for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • UPC: 876964006132
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,346

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Rudd Alvin
Emile Hirsch Lance
Lance Le Gault Toodie, Truck Driver
Joyce Payne Lady
Gina Grande Madison
Lynn Shelton Voice Only
Larry Kretschmar Lumberjack
Enoch Moon Lumberjack
David L. Osborne Jr. Lumberjack
Danni Wolcott Lumberjack
Morgan Calderoni Kid
Savanna Porter Kid
Juniper Smith Kid
Technical Credits
David Gordon Green Director, Producer, Screenwriter
James Belfer Producer
David Wingo Score Composer
Explosions in the Sky Score Composer
Árni Filippusson Executive Producer
Jody Hill Executive Producer
Emile Hirsch Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo Joseph Executive Producer
Todd J. Labarowski Executive Producer
Berndt Mader Co-producer
Danny McBride Executive Producer
Tobias Munthe Executive Producer
Lisa Muskat Producer
Jill Newell Costumes/Costume Designer
Davíd Óskar Ólafsson Executive Producer
Tim Orr Cinematographer
Colin Patton Editor
Paul Rudd Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Reilly Executive Producer
Derrick Tseng Producer
Alexander Uhlmann Co-producer
Richard A. Wright Production Designer
Devoe Yates Musical Direction/Supervision
Theo Youngstein Executive Producer
Craig Zobel Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prince Avalanche
1. Wildfires [8:11]
2. Dear Madison [7:53]
3. Reap The Rewards [8:01]
4. Toss Me The Keys [11:10]
5. Welcome Back [11:21]
6. Everything OK? [5:26]
7. Bad Day [8:33]
8. Always Leaving [5:24]
9. Alvin? [1:31]
10. Toughest Part [4:58]
11. Confession [12:20]
12. End Credits [5:49]
13. Chapter 13 [2:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Prince Avalanche
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director David Gordon Green, Set Production Assistant Hugo Garza And Talent Driver Paul Logan
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Deleted Scene: Do The Dance
      Paul & Emile
      From The Ashes
      Lance LeGault
      Interview With Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch
      Interview With Writer/Director David Gordon Green
      AXS TV: A Look At Prince Avalanche
      Theatrical Trailer
      Also From Magnolia Home Entertainment
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English SDH Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: None
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