Random Hearts
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Random Hearts

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Random Hearts was a rare critical and commercial failure for Harrison Ford, despite an intriguing premise and the experienced directorial presence of Sydney Pollack. It is surprising, then, that Columbia TriStar has gone to such extraordinary lengths with this DVD package, which in terms of content and value would befit a far better movie than Random Hearts<…  See more details below

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Random Hearts was a rare critical and commercial failure for Harrison Ford, despite an intriguing premise and the experienced directorial presence of Sydney Pollack. It is surprising, then, that Columbia TriStar has gone to such extraordinary lengths with this DVD package, which in terms of content and value would befit a far better movie than Random Hearts. With an anamorphic widescreen picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, the film could not look or sound any better, and the overall audio-visual sharpness does make it infinitely more enjoyable than it could ever be on videocassette or television. The disc also includes several special features, most of which merit full attention. No less than three versions of the original theatrical trailer are provided, and though the differences between them are relatively slight, they are interesting for highlighting what is perhaps the film's main problem, which is that it doesn't really know if it's a thriller or a romance. The HBO First Look 22-minute featurette is another compelling oddity; although it purports to be "The Making of Random Hearts," it offers absolutely no background whatsoever beyond character analysis, although this aspect is at least discussed in detail by Ford, co-star Kristin Scott Thomas, and others. The "Talent Profiles" are basic filmographies, but it is worth mentioning that the three deleted scenes each have a commentary by Pollack, who explains clearly exactly why the scenes were omitted. Pollack's feature commentary is equally lucid, detailing everything from casting issues and logistical shooting problems to the use of sound and lighting to shape the film's mood. In fact, Pollack may even convince viewers that Random Hearts is a very good film after all. Such is the superb quality of this disc that an otherwise ordinary movie will seem vastly improved to even its harshest critics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
UPC:
0043396040007
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Sydney Pollack's commentary; English 5.0 [Dolby Digital] & 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; HBO: First Look - The Making fo Random Hearts; Deleted scenes; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailers; Talent files

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Dutch van den Broeck
Kristin Scott Thomas Kay Chandler
Charles S. Dutton Alcee
Bonnie Hunt Wendy Judd
Dennis Haysbert George Beaufort
Sydney Pollack Carl Broman
Richard Jenkins Truman Trainor
Paul Guilfoyle Dick Montoya
Peter Coyote Cullen Chandler
Bill Cobbs Marvin
Susanna Thompson Peyton van den Broeck
Dylan Baker Richard Judd
Lynne Thigpen Phyllis Bonaparte
Kate Mara Jessica Chandler
Ariana Thomas Shyla Mumford
Susan Floyd Molly Roll
Edie Falco Janice
Kathleen Chalfant Actor
Blair Brown Actor
S. Epatha Merkerson Actor
Brooke Smith Actor
Jernard Burks Bowling Alley Cook
Reiko Aylesworth Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer
Warren Adler Executive Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Kurt Luedtke Screenwriter
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Scott P. Murphy Set Decoration/Design
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Marykay Powell Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
David Rubin Casting
Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
Chris Shriver Art Director
William Steinkamp Editor
Denis L. Stewart Asst. Director
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:12]
2. Plane Crash [4:27]
3. Something's Going Down [2:26]
4. Carl Broman [2:05]
5. Marvin [2:08]
6. First Inkling [2:20]
7. At Saks [12:14]
8. Breaking the News [5:27]
9. Funerals [3:53]
10. 3a & B [5:13]
11. Parting Gift [1:34]
12. Marvin RIP [1:19]
13. "I need your help." [7:01]
14. Tides [3:48]
15. La Roca [4:54]
16. Emotional Release [5:01]
17. Parkway Lanes [5:04]
18. "Not my bracelet." [3:35]
19. The Fundraiser [3:57]
20. No Littering [4:58]
21. "Are you sorry?" [5:43]
22. "It's only adultery." [9:22]
23. Suspicious [3:16]
24. 4c [5:22]
25. Ambushed [:10]
26. "We did OK." [5:43]
27. A Few Questions [2:09]
28. Christmas Present [3:11]

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