Songcatcher

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Overview

Maggie Greenwald's atmospheric Songcatcher comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that, though not anamorphic, does preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from various members of the cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a theatrical trailer, and a music-only track that highlights the film's distinctive ...
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Overview

Maggie Greenwald's atmospheric Songcatcher comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that, though not anamorphic, does preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from various members of the cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a theatrical trailer, and a music-only track that highlights the film's distinctive musical performances. The film may have failed to reach a wide portion of the moviegoing public, but this DVD does everything it can to rectify that situation.
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Special Features

Widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Production commentary; Trailer; Featurette; English, French & Spanish subtitles; Extended scenes; Music-only track; Interactive menus; Scene access
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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
There are mountain tunes as powerful as moonshine to be enjoyed in Songcatcher. Lisa Schwarzbaum
New York Times
A sweet, lyrical ode to rural America in the early 1900's. Stephen Holden
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • UPC: 031398754329
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,378

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet McTeer Dr Lily Penleric
Aidan Quinn Tom Bledsoe
Pat Carroll Viney Butler
Jane Adams Elna Penleric
Gregory Cook Fate Honeycutt
Emmy Rossum Deladis Slocumb
Iris DeMent Rose Gentry
Stephanie Roth Alice Kincaid
David Patrick Kelly Earl Giddens
E. Katherine Kerr Harriet Tolliver
Taj Mahal Dexter Speaks
Muse Watson Parley Gentry
Hazel Dickens Singer at Barn Dance
Rhoda Griffis Clementine McFarland
Technical Credits
Maggie Greenwald Director, Screenwriter
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Adam Escott Asst. Director
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Tracy Kilpatrick Casting
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Richard Miller Producer
Jennifer Murphy Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Parks Casting
Keith Reamer Editor
Jennifer Roth Co-producer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Ginger Tougas Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Unanimous Vote [5:13]
2. 5 Mountain Miles [3:49]
3. Twas Month of May [2:58]
4. Lilly's Song Collection [5:31]
5. Ivina Butler [6:08]
6. Meeting Tom [3:12]
7. Tom plays banjo [4:22]
8. Eleanor and Harriet [3:32]
9. Earl Giddons [2:28]
10. Pushing the baby out [6:59]
11. Going to see Rose [4:04]
12. Deal is Done [5:00]
13. Dance brawl [9:12]
14. Oh Death,oh death [6:40]
15. The Black Panther Run [3:22]
16. Reese comes home [3:58]
17. The Picnic [4:00]
18. Urgent Letter [3:37]
19. The Fire [4:45]
20. Condemned sinners [4:26]
21. When the Mountain Cry [3:19]
22. Come with Me [4:23]
23. Going down the Mountain [2:49]
24. Credits [4:43]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Commentary with Maggie Greenwald and David Mansfield
      Extended Scenes
         Pickin' That Thing
         Pretty Saro
         Conversation with Death
      Interviews
         Aidan Quinn
         Maggie Greenwald
         David Mansfield
         Janet McTeer
         Dolly Parton
      Audio
         English 5.1 Off
         Commentary Off
         Music Track Only Off
   Subtitles
      English Off
      Spanish Off
      French Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A moving and exciting story of a woman & her struggle to capture the music and culture of the hills and their people.

    This is a wonderful movie that lends itself to a group viewing and discussion of many factors - women in the academic world, education, opportunity, history, same sex relationships, etc. The caring of the main character for her work and the culture of the mountain people is interesting to watch develop. The music is outstanding. As a person from an Appalachian background, it was a treat to see my history and hear some of the songs I remembered my Granny singing. I had first seen this movie years ago and was delighted to find it again. I also have the soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one amazing movie.

    I highly recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The music was outstanding...but

    The lesbian love story was a bit of a turnoff. Not sure why the producers had to ruin a good story and GREAT music with this sop to modern mores. Interesting to see Pat Carroll for the first time in 40 years since her "Make Room for Daddy" days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Film

    I am of Irish decent and loved the story of people I could actually identify with and hearing the old songs was like the roots of many Irish songs I have heard my entire life. The slow pace was engaging and the love stories were wonderful and real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fabulous!

    I absolutely loved this movie. Janet McTear and Aidan Quinn were excellent. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real Music

    Taj Mahal, Hazel Dixon - who could ask for more? Real mountain music. Hokey Hollywood ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a movie and a great piece of literature in one!

    I highly recommend this movie. It is a great movie and it is a great piece of literature. You will find it to contain many literay elements, the music is entertaining, and the role of 'Lilly', as a woman, is inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    I watched this on HBO recently just for something to do and was quickly caught up in the storyline. Excellent film, wonderful music, and the beautful NC mountains! I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie or literature

    This is a fantastic movie!!! It is also a great piece of literature!!!!! The acting is great, the story is deep and wonderful, and the music/singing is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goosebumps !

    An engrossing film - I actually got goosebumps just listening to the music and most of all, the voices that made the songs so special. This is a heartfelt piece of work and makes you want more just like it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Miss This Gem!

    I've watched this movie several times now - the acting is excellent, the storyline interesting and fun and the music is sublime! Throw in the very sexy Aidan Quinn and his attraction to the fascinating Janet McTeer and you've got a fine little movie. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best yet!!!!

    I think that this is one of the best movies to come out in a long time. The storyline was great. I think Maggie Greenwald did an excelent job of incorporating the scene between Jane Adams and her lover was so well considering things like that weren't even thought about during that time. Both the soundtracks are also great to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I absolutely love this movie!

    This is not a teeny-bopper movie.This is a real story with real people.I loved the romantic costumes, the misty mountain and forest scenery, the rustic log cabins, and the hauntingly beautiful music and singing.Before I saw this movie I wasn't into folksy- mountain music at all, but I am really turned on about this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Entertainment!

    I highly recommend this movie. Everyone I have introduced the movie to has just loved it. The music is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Memories Reborn

    This film renewed my passion for folk music by the outstanding performances of the cast and their obvious joy when performing the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    This movie is one of the best I've seen in a long long time. It's heart warming, sad and happy, lots of different emotions all at once. The music is great. I could watch this movie everyday for at least a year or two. Worth every penny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Notch!

    Wonderful acting and top-notch a capella music. The best movie of the year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A sleeper!!

    Just finished watching this wonderful movie. If you like fine acting, wonderful music, history of music . . . .this is a movie for you!

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    Posted August 26, 2010

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    Posted April 8, 2010

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