Age of Innocence
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Age of Innocence

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

     
 

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Martin Scorsese's beautifully detailed costume drama, adapted from Edith Wharton's award-winning novel, makes a splendid DVD, though one that is unfortunately lacking in the extras department. The widescreen presentation (2.35:1), anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, is clean and sharp throughout. There are plenty of saturated colors, especially yellow and red, and… See more details below

Overview

Martin Scorsese's beautifully detailed costume drama, adapted from Edith Wharton's award-winning novel, makes a splendid DVD, though one that is unfortunately lacking in the extras department. The widescreen presentation (2.35:1), anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, is clean and sharp throughout. There are plenty of saturated colors, especially yellow and red, and they do cause some blooming and bleeding in some scenes. But overall, the picture is excellent and stable. The Dolby Digital 5.1 English soundtrack is great, as is the two-channel surround option. There is also a French surround track as well. The disc also has multiple subtitle options, the original theatrical trailer (as well as others), production notes, and filmographies. The Columbia-TriStar disc also includes informative liner notes inside the keep case. It's a disc well-worth owning, though hopefully there will be a more complete special edition to come in the future.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
The 1990s brought a number of films about forbidden romance in Victorian society. Apart from the contributions of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, as well as Titanic and The Wings of the Dove, there was this beautifully acted, impeccably directed effort from Martin Scorsese. Repression and sexual longing are the order of the day, but Scorsese is too clever a filmmaker to allow Edith Wharton's themes of sacrifice and passion to lead him into melodrama. The film is about those things, but it is also a story about social and familial responsibility, one of the very few of its type in which the conventions of the time don't seem laughably hypocritical. These people are indeed playing emotional chess, and they are being very careful, because every move means a loss of one form or another. The cast is terrific and the production design is gorgeous, but -- like many of the public charades its characters are forced to enact -- there is more to this film than appearances.
Washington Post
In the movies, we're usually ushered to the mannered past by the stuffy Merchant-Ivory team. What a sublime pleasure it is, then, to experience The Age of Innocence through the eyes of Martin Scorsese.... Instead of "Masterpiece Theatre"-style fawning, he fills this movie with visual flow, masterful cinematography and assured direction. There's an alert, thinking presence behind the camera. And, in front of the camera, performers Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder suffuse this saga of repressed longing and spiritual suffering with elegant authority. Desson Howe

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
UPC:
0043396526372
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:18:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby surround], French; Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish and Portuguese; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer Countess Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder May Welland
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Mingott
Richard E. Grant Larry Lefferts
Alec McCowen Sillerton Jackson
Geraldine Chaplin Mrs. Welland
Mary Beth Hurt Regina Beaufort
Stuart Wilson Julius Beaufort
Sian Phillips Mrs. Archer
Michael Gough Henry Van Der Luyden
Alexis Smith Mrs. Louisa Van Der Luyden
Norman Lloyd Mr. Letterblair
Jonathan Pryce Monsieur Riviere
Carolyn Farina Janey Archer
Robert Sean Leonard Ted Archer
Thomas Barbour Archer Guest
Claire Bloom Actor
W.B. Brydon Mr. Urban Dagonet
Brian Davies Philip
Patricia Dunnock Mary Archer
Tracey Ellis Gertrude Lefferts
Howard Erskine Beaufort Guest
Henry Fehren Bishop
Clement Fowler Florist
Thomas Gibson Stage Actor
John McLoughlin Party Guest
Catherine Scorsese Actor
Charles Scorsese Actor
Domenica Scorsese Katie Blenker
Martin Scorsese Photographer (uncredited)
June Squibb Mingott Maid
Joanne Woodward Narrator
Zoe Herself

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Jay Cocks Screenwriter
Barbara de Fina Producer
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Ellen Lewis Casting
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Marshall Set Decoration/Design
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce S. Pustin Co-producer
Joseph P. Reidy Associate Producer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Allen Weisinger Makeup
Edith Wharton Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:09]
2. The Welland Box [4:45]
3. The Annual Opera Ball [5:12]
4. Mrs. Mingott [9:40]
5. The Van Der Luydens [1:05]
6. Duke of St. Austrey Dinner [5:05]
7. Asking for His Help [4:50]
8. The Flower Shop [1:04]
9. The Aviary [2:37]
10. Talking Business [2:29]
11. The Shaughraun [3:47]
12. What She's Running From [5:29]
13. "Is There Someone Else?" [2:48]
14. "There's Another Woman" [6:20]
15. European Honeymoon [9:36]
16. Newport Archery Club [3:08]
17. The Blenker House [5:38]
18. Boston Common [2:07]
19. Why the Countess Stays [:07]
20. The Beaufort Finances [3:56]
21. In the Carriage [5:11]
22. The Art Museum [1:13]
23. Key to His Release [6:02]
24. Something Important to Say [5:28]
25. Farewell Dinner [1:22]
26. May's News [2:23]
27. In Paris [4:34]
28. Outside the Apartment [6:04]

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