Tape

Tape

5.0 3
Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman

     
 

Ethan Hawke stars in director Richard Linklater's Tape. Lion's Gate has done a passable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (originally shot on digital video). The image looks good sporting bright colors and dark black levels, though some softness creeps into the image along with a tad bit of grain and edge enhancement (due mostly to theSee more details below

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Ethan Hawke stars in director Richard Linklater's Tape. Lion's Gate has done a passable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (originally shot on digital video). The image looks good sporting bright colors and dark black levels, though some softness creeps into the image along with a tad bit of grain and edge enhancement (due mostly to the limitations of digital video). Overall this is a decent transfer to a very low-budget film. The soundtrack is presented in a serviceable Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack in English. Since Tape is a dialogue heavy movie, it's not surprising to find this track to be void of any true directional effects. While the mix isn't very impressive, overall it's free of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The DVD for Tape features a couple of supplements, including a very informative and droll commentary track by director Linklater and star Hawke, as well as a theatrical trailer for the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you think it would be a challenge to squeeze a movie's worth of drama from one room and three people, take a gander at Tape,, one of the year’s most intriguing and absorbing independent films. The setting is simple and the cast small, but there’s no end of unresolved conflicts to be dealt with in two brief hours. Ethan Hawke plays Vince, a low-level drug dealer who uses his part-time job as a volunteer firefighter to convince himself that he hasn’t wasted his life. Ten years after graduating high school, he’s reunited with John (Robert Sean Leonard), an independent filmmaker and unregenerate poseur who just might have raped their fellow classmate, Amy (Uma Thurman), for whom Vince has carried a torch lo these many years. She joins the men in the hotel room, which becomes the scene of some startling revelations. Sharp dialogue, peripatetic camera work, and keen performances make Tape the edgiest movie directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), whose previous films haven’t been nearly as disturbing or emotionally complex as this one. Tape’s claustrophobic setting contributes to the suspense; the three characters reveal themselves a little at a time, and suspense mounts like steam building up in a pressure cooker. This is lean, muscular filmmaking, stripped almost to the bone and packing a real wallop.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Of the two 2001 releases churned out as director Richard Linklater became drunk on the possibilities of digital video, Tape is by far the more unassuming -- filmed plays are sort of a staple for maverick directors -- but the movie's use of inexpensive technology to bring resolutely uncommercial material to the big screen is in many ways as exciting as Waking Life's revolutionary rotoscoped animation. (Both films appeared at the 2001 Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals before their fall theatrical releases.) Stephen Belber's one-act source material may, at first, have the air of a hot-button graduate thesis project committed to film, but Linklater and his trio of performers find ways of envigorating the material without resorting to actorly grandstanding and trumped-up technique. As the script invites the audience's loyalty to shift from person to person, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma Thurman all manage to generate some degree of sympathy even as the plot rightfully keeps them at arm's length; they're all identifiable human beings, thanks to Linklater's deft, improvisational method. The director at times seems a little too enamored with his newfound ability to over-shoot a scene -- the quick cutting, multiple angles, and whip pans grow a little tiring towards the end. Still, by lending Tape a vitality and athleticism it might not have had on celluloid, Linklater's use of digital video proves to be not just a financial necessity but an artistic one.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
To describe the movie makes it sound like an exercise in artifice: three characters, one motel room, all talk, based on a stage play. But the writing, acting and direction are so convincing that at some point I stopped thinking about the constraints and started thinking about the movie's freedoms....

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
UPC:
0031398799825
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
52,465

Special Features

Audio commentary; trailer.

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Fitness [3:05]
2. Not a Dick [4:26]
3. Playing Rough [3:50]
4. Fine Here [2:06]
5. Mature Man [3:39]
6. Figuratively [3:04]
7. P-A-R-T-Y [4:09]
8. Amy [2:37]
9. Morally Questionable [3:36]
10. Pivotal [2:59]
11. Admit It [3:29]
12. The Real You [3:07]
13. Totally Psyched [4:26]
14. Taking It Out [4:16]
15. Sit Down [4:08]
16. Sentimental [4:11]
17. Stupid Crush [4:05]
18. Gotta Go [4:01]
19. Apology [3:09]
20. Describe It [3:49]
21. Sorry [4:02]
22. Dispatch [3:23]
23. Decisions [4:12]
24. End Credits [2:12]

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