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Punchline

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David Seltzer's comedy-drama Punchline comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any ...
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Overview

David Seltzer's comedy-drama Punchline comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this film has probably never looked or sounded better on home video.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen and Full screen presentations; English 2-channel (Dolby surround) and French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Director David Seltzer's 1988 film about the world of stand-up comedy, Punchline is a slice-of-life backstage pass with some Hollywood embellishment. Seltzer employs a good bit of documentary style as he gives us a glimpse at the performers' heartbreakingly competitive world, featuring a slew of real-life luminaries (including Damon Wayans and John Goodman). Tom Hanks shows good emotional range in his role as an irascible hotshot comic, and Sally Field is convincing as a Jersey housewife-turned-comedienne. Hanks demonstrates an edgy side to his comedy that all but vanished in his later transformation into a blockbuster actor. The film's subtext probes the nature of comedians and comedy itself: the funny can often be sad, and vice versa.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • UPC: 043396077492
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Field Lilah Krytsick
Tom Hanks Steven Gold
John Goodman John Krytsick
Mark Rydell Romeo, Comedy Club Owner
Kim Greist Madeline Urie
Damon Wayans Percy
Pamela Matteson Utica Blake
George Michael McGrath Singing Nun
Taylor Negron Albert Emperator
Barry Neikrug Krug
Angel Salazar Rico
Joycee Katz Joycee
Mac Robbins Billy Lane
Max Alexander Mister Ball
Paul Kozlowski Jerry Petroviak
Barry Sobel Robyn Green
Marty Pollio Juggling Comic
Kimberly Ryusaki
Bob Zmuda Audience Participant & Heckler
Paul Mazursky Arnold
Kate Rich Eve
Charles David Richard Maitre d'
Casey Sander Ernie the Bartender
Michael Pollock Piano Player
Consuela Nance Waitresses of the Gas Station
Andrea Adams Waitresses of the Gas Station
Candace Cameron Carrie
Laura Jacoby Jenny
Bianca Rose Heidi
Ron Ulstad Madeline's Boss
Howard Weller Talent Scout
Richard Parker Talent Scout
Andrew Parker Boy on Gurney
Randy Fechter Young Doctor
Sam H. Ginsburg Sam, The Laughing Patient
Angela Bennett Nurse
Cameron Thor Audience Participant and Heckler
Jimmy Lewis Audience Participant and Heckler
Scott Williams Audience Participant and Heckler
Carin Badger Audience Participant and Heckler
John Kirby Marketing Man
Robina Suwol Buffy
Robert Britton Murray
Mark Goldstein Mark
Melissa Tufeld Mark's Wife
Dottie Archibald Mrs. Petroviak
Susie Essman Lilah's Hairdresser
Joey Vega Waiter in Coffee Shop
Ben Hartigan Older Clergyman
Jimmy Brogan Younger Clergyman
George D. Wallace Dr. Wishniak
Crane Jackson Second Faculty Examiner
Rich Ramirez Taxi Driver
Mike Starr Man with Bullhorn
Technical Credits
David Seltzer Director, Screenwriter
Jackie Burch Casting
Daniel Allan Carlin Musical Direction/Supervision
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Bruce Green Editor
Robert Grieve Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Gross Score Composer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Joe Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
John R. Jensen Production Designer
John Jensen Art Director
Aggie Lyon Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Melnick Co-producer
Dan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Pollock Songwriter
Michael Rachmil Co-producer
Peter Smith Set Decoration/Design
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Gold Flunks Out
3. The Gas Station
4. Lilah Krytstick
5. Medical School Routine
6. Madeline Urie
7. Krytsick Family Crisis
8. Gall Vs. Guts
9. A Sick Audience
10. "Sabre Dance"
11. A Grown-Up Joke
12. "You're Not Funny!"
13. High Anxiety
14. Discovered Tonight
15. No Kidding a Kidder
16. New Paris Theatre
17. "Just Say Good Night."
18. A Spectacular Opportunity
19. Holding Pattern
20. "I Look Like Buckwheat"
21. Coffee Shop PTA Meeting
22. Three Things She Loves
23. Celebrity Sightings
24. Open Audition
25. Lilah Does Good
26. The Grand Finale
27. 3 Out of 5 Votes
28. And the Winner Is...
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Audio Set Up
      English (Dolby Surround)
      French/Français
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Play Movie
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