Shine

Shine

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Director: Scott Hicks

Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Geoffrey Rush

     
 

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Shine, the passionate and intelligent story of pianist David Helfgott, is presented with a DVD that is equally sharp. One can't help notice the image, which is anamorphic and framed at 1.85:1. Unquestionably it's a reference quality transfer, with distinct, vibrant colors, and blacks that are deep and show no signs of breaking down. This film has never looked

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Shine, the passionate and intelligent story of pianist David Helfgott, is presented with a DVD that is equally sharp. One can't help notice the image, which is anamorphic and framed at 1.85:1. Unquestionably it's a reference quality transfer, with distinct, vibrant colors, and blacks that are deep and show no signs of breaking down. This film has never looked better, and it's entirely noticeable. The sound, which utilizes a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is equally impressive. Audio is strong and clear, and while the surround speakers are seldom used, the different elements, from speech to music, are perfectly realized. While the supplements aren't extensive (the movie is on one side of the disc, while the extras are on the other) they are thoroughly appropriate. The main highlight is a question and answer session with the always well spoken director Scott Hicks. He discusses a number of relevant topics, from thematic elements to casting. Also included on the disc is Geoffrey Rush's Golden Globe acceptance speech and the theatrical trailer, which, surprisingly, is shown in a different aspect ratio of 2.35:1. All in all, this is a fine disc from New Line, for an equally wonderful film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Australian director Scott Hicks's breakthrough is a fairly standard but arrestingly performed biopic about David Helfgott, a young piano prodigy who finds solace in his music, despite his potentially damaging mental state. After a narratively haphazard first reel, the film gains momentum as it traces the older Helfgott's life, brought to life by Geoffrey Rush's blazing portrayal of the alienated pianist. The film was a momentous hit in its native country, where it won nine Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor; the latter prize would be duplicated in America, where Rush won the Academy Award in a highly competitive year (featuring the likes of Tom Cruise and Ralph Fiennes, among others), quite a feat for a performer who was not well-known stateside. At the 1997 Oscar ceremony, the real-life David Helfgott performed "Flight of the Bumblebee," causing many viewers to fear for his unstable behavior, especially as the film presents him as a childlike individual with a sometimes Tourette's-style candor.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/1997
UPC:
0794043454622
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version; Q&A interview with director Scott Hicks; Geoffrey Rush's Golden Globe speech; Original theatrical trailer; Multiple languages and subtitles; High-quality Dolby Digital multi-channel Surround Sound; Background information on the stars

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Armin Mueller-Stahl Peter Helfgott
Noah Taylor Teenage David Helfgott
Geoffrey Rush Adult David Helfgott
Lynn Redgrave Gillian Helfgott
John Gielgud Prof. Cecil Parks
Googie Withers Katharine Susannah Prichard
Nicholas Bell Ben Rosen
Randall Berger Isaac Stern
Phyllis Burford Synagogue Secretary
John Cousins Jim Minogue
Daphne Grey Society Hostess
Robert Hands Robert
Chris Haywood Sam
Edwin Hodgeman Soviet Society Secretary
David L. King Viney
Mark Lawrence Musician
Paul Linkson State Champion Announcer
John Martin Roger Woodward (older)
Alex Rafalowicz David as a Boy
Neil Thomson RCOM Conductor
Sonia Todd Sylvia
Mark Warren Ray
Brenton Whittle Announcer

Technical Credits
Scott Hicks Director
Sally Campbell Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
David Hirschfelder Score Composer
Pip Karmel Editor
Toivo Lember Sound/Sound Designer
Liz Mullinar Casting
Vicki Niehus Production Designer
Jan Sardi Screenwriter
Jane Scott Producer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Main title [2:57]
2. Moby's [2:19]
3. The child prodigy [6:45]
4. Wrestling Rachmaninoff [5:20]
5. A chance of a lifetime [6:10]
6. Modest ideals [2:50]
7. The Soviet Friendship Society [2:19]
8. Shattered dreams [7:30]
9. David's special friend [7:43]
10. Breaking away [3:27]
11. A question of balance [4:49]
12. The Rach 3 [4:59]
13. "My little mausoleum." [1:35]
14. A moment of greatness [7:35]
15. The war upstairs [6:11]
16. Living on the outside [6:03]
17. "Sock it to us, Liberace." [3:56]
18. A very lucky boy [3:42]
19. The astrolger from Sydney [7:10]
20. Popping the question [4:15]
21. The food of life [3:41]
22. End credits [4:06]

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