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Rumble Fish
     

Rumble Fish

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Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

Cast: Francis Ford Coppola, Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

 

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Francis Ford Coppola's underrated Rumble Fish finally gets its due in the digital medium thanks to this special edition from Universal. The film has received a sharp new transfer that draws out the complex levels of detail in Stephen H. Burum's stunning black-and-white cinematography. Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 stereo options are included in the audio area: both sound

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Francis Ford Coppola's underrated Rumble Fish finally gets its due in the digital medium thanks to this special edition from Universal. The film has received a sharp new transfer that draws out the complex levels of detail in Stephen H. Burum's stunning black-and-white cinematography. Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 stereo options are included in the audio area: both sound great, with the new 5.1 remix really punching up Stewart Copeland's percussion-heavy score. The extras start with a thoughtful commentary track from Coppola that covers everything from aesthetic choices to nuts-and-bolts production details. Several deleted scenes are also included, which come from a poor video source, but fans will be interested to see how they offer more screen time to Vincent Spano's character. Next up are two featurettes: "On Location" covers the Tulsa shoot and "The Percussion-Based Score" delves into the inspirations behind the film's unique soundtrack. Both are short but pack in plenty of interesting comments from new and old interviews. Finally, there is a trailer and a stylish music video for the film's theme song, "Don't Box Me In." All in all, the sharp transfer and tidy package of extras make this worthwhile for Coppola fans and anyone interested in the overlooked films of the '80s.

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Rumble Fish is one of a number of projects Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to direct during his long career either to help finance a future project or cover for the excesses of a past one. But that doesn't mean it was just tossed off; in fact, Coppola comes across as downright ambitious, shooting in black-and-white with all manner of camera angles, close-ups, and extreme depths of field. The result is a stylized fairy tale about wasted youth, rebelliousness, and the desire to exude cool, which received critical attention for its original production design. Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke are excellent choices to portray the central hothead delinquent and the detached brother he idolizes, both archetypes in a nowhere town that recalls the small Texas hamlet of Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show. Coppola was of course able to command a first-rate supporting cast that included some of his past collaborators (including Laurence Fishburne, then known as "Larry", and Dennis Hopper from Apocalypse Now) as well as early appearances from several future Hollywood mainstays (Nicolas Cage and Chris Penn). But the acting is hardly the focus in this film, as Coppola is far more interested in creating a fantasy world involving shadow play, time-lapse photography, and thematic bursts of color breaking up the chiaroscuro design. While occasionally pretentious, Rumble Fish is a visually interesting slice of dead-end America life, featuring a cast that will forever register it as a curiosity worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0025192675225
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
24,003

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Feature commetary with director Francis Ford Coppola; "On location in Tulsa": The making of Rumble Fish; "Rumble Fish: The percussion-Based Score"; Don't Box me In music video; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Dillon Rusty James
Mickey Rourke Motorcycle Boy
Diane Lane Patty
Dennis Hopper Father
Diana Scarwid Cassandra
Herb Rice Pool Player
Vincent Spano Steve
William Smith Patterson
Sofia Coppola Actor
Dominot Patty's Sister
Lance William Guecia Actor
Michael Higgins Harrigan
S.E. Hinton Prostitute in Street
Bob Maras Actor
Kristi Somers Actor
Tracey Walter Actor
Glenn Withrow Bitt
Emmett Brown Actor
Nicolas Cage Smokey
Laurence Fishburne Midget
Tom Waits Benny
Chris Penn B.J. Jackson

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Marjorie Bowers Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Doug Claybourne Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Gian-Carlo Coppola Associate Producer
S.E. Hinton Original Story,Screenwriter
Barry Malkin Editor
Fred Roos Producer
Michael Smuin Choreography
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
David Valdes Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rumble Fish
1. The Motorcycle Boy Reigns (Main Title) [3:44]
2. Rumble Talk [8:38]
3. A Rumble at 10:00 pm [4:16]
4. Big Brother Is Watching [4:11]
5. What's Wrong With Him? [7:58]
6. Dad [6:59]
7. After School [2:26]
8. A Neighborhood Novelty [15:54]
9. Transcendence in the Allaey [4:27]
10. A Cop and Rumble Fish [11:09]
11. A Family and a Bar [5:17]
12. Going for a Ride [3:47]
13. The Pet Store After Hours [1:47]
14. The Fish and the River [2:00]
15. Heading to the Ocean [6:00]
16. End Titles [:38]
17. Chapter 17 [4:53]
18. Chapter 18 [:00]

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Rumble Fish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish was a GREAT movie. I would even have to say it was a bit better than the movie adaption of The Outsiders. The whole black and white theme was real nice and the acting was perfect. I recommend this movie to everyone. Even if you haven't read the book, you'll enjoy the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish is my favorit book by S.E.Hinton, and my favorit movie by Francis Coppola. not only dose Rusty-James have fights on the outside, but he has a constint rumble inside him about how he try's to be like Motorcycle Boy, or other thing he sees going on in his life. so thats why this movie is a good Rumble for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
man Matt Dillon so cute as bad boy Rusty James who's a rebel and all the girls love him even i love him a movie that was made in black and white and Matt Dillon so sexy god i love him was there a book based on this movie? well the movie is probably way better
Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg i love this movie i was watching tv and it cam on when it was over i had my mom go get it for me matt dillon is such a good actor and he is so hot i love him he is awsome and its so sad for his brother to die and it was awsome for them to pick diane lane for his girlfriend bc in the outsiders cherry had to hate dally so but she was so pretty!!!!!!!!!1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago