Tadpole

Tadpole

Director: Gary Winick

Cast: Gary Winick, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, John Ritter

     
 

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The coming-of-age comedy Tadpole comes to DVD from Miramax. The image is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer, but keep in mind the film was originally shot on digital video. The audio is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional closed captioning. Bonus material is limited to a feature-length commentary with director Gary Winick. This disc offers aSee more details below

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The coming-of-age comedy Tadpole comes to DVD from Miramax. The image is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer, but keep in mind the film was originally shot on digital video. The audio is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional closed captioning. Bonus material is limited to a feature-length commentary with director Gary Winick. This disc offers a fairly reasonable presentation for a film that only received a limited theatrical release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Charmingly sweet and literate, this sexual comedy of errors provides a far less forced J.D. Salinger update than the previous year's wildly praised The Royal Tenenbaums. With its muted digital-video palette and tasteful Upper West Side environs, Gary Winick's cinematic universe is as familiar as a Woody Allen classic. But the script, by Niels Mueller and Heather McGowan, proves equally at home in the poetry-steeped libido of a precocious teen as it does in the quiet contentment of finely appointed professionals. Sigourney Weaver buttons down, inhabiting a more thoughtful, less brittle variation on the upper middle-class matron she played so convincingly in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. John Ritter, meanwhile, continues his impressive string of character roles as the frumpy professor whose son rightly sees through his hollow domestic routine. In the title role, Aaron Stanford is a revelation, needy but grave and dignified, the gears turning almost invisibly behind his hungry eyes. But it's Bebe Neuwirth's wicked cackle and Broadway-honed comic acuity that give the film its friction and its warm sense of abandon. These characters live in a carefully circumscribed world of rent control and the right wine, but Neuwirth's vitality breaks through the exteriors and into the heart of the matter -- the crackle of longing that accumulates like static electricity and sometimes discharges at the wrong place and time. It's almost ridiculous to single out yet another performance after praising all of the principals, but Robert Iler shines, too, as Oscar's common-sensical comic foil. From its cast to its cinematography to its finely honed dialogue, Tadpole gets every little detail right.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2003
UPC:
0786936203981
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:18:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary with director Gary Winick; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Eve
Aaron Stanford Oscar Grubman
John Ritter Stanley Grubman
Bebe Neuwirth Diane
Robert Iler Charlie
Adam Le Fevre Phil
Peter Appel Jimmy
Alicia van Couvering Daphane Tisch
Kate Mara Miranda Spear
Hope Chernov Samantha
Debbon Ayer Jean
Ron Rifkin Professor Tisch
Paul Butler Professor Sherman

Technical Credits
Gary Winick Director,Producer
Jake Abraham Associate Producer
Alexis Alexanian Producer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
William Cozy Sound/Sound Designer
Marcia de Bonis Casting
Jennifer Euston Casting
Anthony Gasparro Production Designer
Dolly Hall Producer
Michael Johnson Asst. Director
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Susan Littenberg Editor
Heather McGowan Screenwriter
Niels Mueller Screenwriter
Sara Parks Art Director
Renaud Pion Score Composer
Suzanne Schwarzer Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Hubert Taczanowski Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: "Revealed by the Hand" [4:38]
2. She [6:29]
3. High Expectations [4:31]
4. Alleviating Stress [6:17]
5. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" [4:35]
6. "My Love, My Liver" [5:53]
7. A Novel Find [5:47]
8. "I Need Sideburns" [4:07]
9. A Revealing Dinner [9:37]
10. True Passion? [5:47]
11. Listening and Imagining [7:49]
12. "How's Your Liver?" [5:13]
13. End Credits [7:32]

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