Silver City

Overview

John Sayles' political drama Silver City debuts on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and does a fine job of presenting Haskell Wexler's typically brilliant cinematography. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Sayles and his longtime producer Maggie Renzi. They offer many stories about the difficulty they had shooting the film very quickly on a small budget. Their comments were recorded on Election Day in 2004, and their not being ...
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Overview

John Sayles' political drama Silver City debuts on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and does a fine job of presenting Haskell Wexler's typically brilliant cinematography. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Sayles and his longtime producer Maggie Renzi. They offer many stories about the difficulty they had shooting the film very quickly on a small budget. Their comments were recorded on Election Day in 2004, and their not being aware of the results of the election adds a certain poignancy to their politically and socially topical comments. A making-of documentary and trailers round out the extras on this package. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. This film failed to get much attention at the box office, but fans of Sayles' writerly work should appreciate this disc.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer/director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi; "The Making of Silver City"; Bonus previews
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Silver City could be considered John Sayles' cross between All the President's Men and Chinatown. His hero is a rumpled journalist who digs deeper and deeper into a murder investigation and reveals a history that makes clear how and why a variety of political and personal forces are driving the dim-witted but television-friendly Richard "Dickie" Pilager (Chris Cooper doing modest, brilliant work) toward the Colorado governor's mansion. Sayles has envisioned a complex web of conspiracy and greed, and he reveals these truths through a series of entertaining conversations that also allow each of the actors to develop three-dimensional characters. The first-rate cast offers a never-ending supply of quality performances. Richard Dreyfuss plays a political fixer/tactician with the understanding that power needs only to threaten -- not yell; Billy Zane embodies every nuance of a man impressed with his own power; Kris Kristofferson (no director has ever used him better than Sayles has) delivers the best monologue in a dialogue-heavy film; and Sal Lopez just about walks off with the movie as a chef intrigued by private-detective work. The actual story is complicated, but Sayles tells the story one step at a time, keeping the viewer right with the protagonist at every point. Silver City does not offer anger or passion, but it is nearly bursting with quality performances and offers a wise if resigned look at how politics work in the age of W.
New York Post - Megan Lehman
Sayles' unabashedly partisan film moseys along in an unhurried fashion, encompassing myriad story lines yet taking the trouble to fully develop each of its many characters.
Miami Herald - Connie Ogle
A thought-provoking and searing portrait of a country foundering in greed and cynicism, no longer a land of dreams but a nightmare of lapsed ethics and stinking moral rot.
Daily News - Jack Matthews
Heard a good movie lately? John Sayles' Silver City is one you might try.

A thought-provoking and searing portrait of a country foundering in greed and cynicism, no longer a land of dreams but a nightmare of lapsed ethics and stinking moral rot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • UPC: 043396093218
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 89,242

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Huston Danny O'Brien
Maria Bello Nora Allardyce
Billy Zane Chandler Tyson
Chris Cooper Richard "Dickie" Pilager
Richard Dreyfuss Chuck Raven
Daryl Hannah Maddy Pilager
Kris Kristofferson Wes Benteen
Mary Kay Place Grace Seymour
Miguel Ferrer Cliff Castleton
Thora Birch Karen Cross
Michael Murphy Sen. Jud Pilager
David Clennon Mort Seymour
Ralph Waite Casey Lyle
Sal Lopez Tony Guerra
James Gammon Joe Skaggs
Tim Roth Mitch Paine
Luis Saguar Vince Esparza
Alma Delfina Lupe Montoya
Aaron Vieyra Frito Lopez
Hugo Carbajal Rafi Quinones
Cheech Marin
Technical Credits
John Sayles Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Suzanne Ceresco Associate Producer
Toby Corbett Production Designer
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Chris Jones Production Designer
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
Lansing Parker Co-producer
John Powditch Asst. Director
Maggie Renzi Producer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Gone Fishing [5:22]
2. A Good Stiff Warning [4:52]
3. The Pilager Connections [5:17]
4. Something in the Works [3:47]
5. Juan Doe [3:57]
6. Threats and Intimidation [4:42]
7. Hot, Thin Air [6:34]
8. Lobbying Efforts [4:35]
9. Legwork [6:47]
10. Potential Perpetrator [5:29]
11. Land Management [6:33]
12. Basic Human Behavior [5:37]
13. Romance Is for Kids [4:48]
14. Connecting the Dots [3:56]
15. In the Crosshairs [4:13]
16. Trampoline Girl [4:11]
17. Christian Principles [5:48]
18. Lost and Found [3:43]
19. Out of the Conversation [4:22]
20. Silver City Ruins [4:31]
21. Human Waste [3:31]
22. The Devil's Work [3:34]
23. Parade Route [3:35]
24. Under Pressure [3:53]
25. The Boy Who Cried Wolf [2:45]
26. Making Plans [4:07]
27. Freedom and Fortune [3:31]
28. End Credits [3:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Surround)
      Audio: Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Sayles and Producer Maggie Renzi
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Making of Silver City
      Trailer Gallery
         Fahrenheit 911
         Head in the Clouds
         P.S.
         Rosenstrasse
         She Hate Me
         Stander
         Stella Street
         Sunshine State
         Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
         The Secret of Roan Inish
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