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Elia Kazan's overlong and overwrought chronicle of one man's rather spectacular mid-life crisis belatedly comes to DVD in this edition from Warner Home Video. The Arrangement has been given a widescreen transfer to disc -- letterboxed on conventional televisions at the theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The image looks good, with sharp focus and a realistic color balance, and it accurately reflects the way the picture appeared on screen in its original release. ...
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Elia Kazan's overlong and overwrought chronicle of one man's rather spectacular mid-life crisis belatedly comes to DVD in this edition from Warner Home Video. The Arrangement has been given a widescreen transfer to disc -- letterboxed on conventional televisions at the theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The image looks good, with sharp focus and a realistic color balance, and it accurately reflects the way the picture appeared on screen in its original release. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, featuring the original English language soundtrack as well as an alternate version dubbed into French; the quality is good but occasionally reflects the aural limitations of a movie recorded almost three decades before the advent of DVD's. Optional English language subtitles are also included. Two bonus features have been included -- The Arrangement's original theatrical trailer, and "A New Lifestyle," a short documentary on the making of the film made to promote its original release and including behind-the-scenes footage of Kazan directing his cast. The Arrangement is one of Elia Kazan's lesser films, and only die-hard fans have reason to seek it out, but those who do should be happy enough with this package, which allows the film to look and sound as good as it deserves.
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Special Features

Vintage featurette: A New Lifestyle; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Fran├žais; Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Arrangement is a sloppy mess of a movie and will not be very rewarding to most viewers, despite the valiant and often successful efforts of its talented and noteworthy cast. Indeed, Kirk Douglas gives one of his most interesting and deeply felt performances, one which is especially eerie when compared with his son Michael's own midlife crisis
ervous breakdown film, Falling Down. Papa Douglas has the tougher job, as he has to make sense of Elia Kazan's splintered, turgid and often cliched screenplay, but he does very well indeed, showing the audience dark corners of the character's psyche with a fearlessness that is refreshing. Faye Dunaway, looking absolutely stunning, also clears Kazan's hurdles like a champion, and Deborah Kerr completes the main triangle with her poise totally intact. Among the supporting players, Richard Boone is fine as the father and Hume Cronyn does very well indeed. It would be nice if all this talent were in the service of a better project. Kazan's screenplay hops to disguise its triteness by the use of jumps in time, dream sequences and surrealistic moments, but all it does is make an annoying screenplay become very tiresome. As director Kazan seems to spend all his time placating his writing alter ego; the performances bear the mark of the master director, but the film is absent his ability to shape a film into a coherent, let alone involving, piece of cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • UPC: 085391111986
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Eddie Anderson
Faye Dunaway Gwen
Deborah Kerr Florence Anderson
Richard Boone Sam Anderson
Hume Cronyn Arthur
Michael Higgins Michael
John Randolph Jones Charles
Carol Rossen Gloria
Anne Hegira Thomna
William Hansen Dr. Weeks
Charles Drake Finnegan
Harold Gould Dr. Liebman
E.J. Andre Uncle Joe
Michael Murphy Father Draddy
Diane Hull Ellen
Philip Bourneuf Judge Morris
Ann Doran Nurse Costello
Marilyn Jess
Elia Kazan
Chet Stratton Charlie
Barry Sullivan Chet Collier
Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
David Amram Score Composer
Stefan Arnsten Editor
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Audrey Blasdel-Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Charles H. Maguire Associate Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Arrangement
1. Good Life Morning [3:26]
2. The Accident [2:26]
3. Home Recuperation [3:38]
4. Working on Zephyr [5:46]
5. Office Tramp [4:45]
6. Christmas Party [4:40]
7. Not Worth It [3:20]
8. For the Lady to Say [4:16]
9. Changing Faces [5:40]
10. What's the Matter? [5:09]
11. Looking Out for Herself [4:24]
12. Visiting Sam [6:34]
13. Visiting Gwen [4:57]
14. No Such Animal [3:08]
15. Family Home [2:52]
16. Last Night All Night [4:43]
17. Kidnapping Sam [3:07]
18. All I Want of You [3:32]
19. Unexpected Guests [2:11]
20. Confrontation [3:22]
21. Departures [5:44]
22. Arthur's Admonition [4:04]
23. Community Property [5:29]
24. Lying Together [4:37]
25. Insane [3:44]
26. A Life in Flames [5:54]
27. Liked With a Bullet [3:25]
28. Taxi Here? [2:33]
29. Another Chance [4:18]
30. End Credits [1:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Arrangement
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      A New Lifestyle
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Fran├žais
      Subtitles
         English
         Off
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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Excellent description of human relations

    The film describes a man captured by business life and husband - wife, husband - lover, father - son, mother - son on other human relations with an incredibly good manner. Kirk Douglas as a main star makes some people doubt, but you'll accept him. Elia Kazan caused still more doubts, but his works all are good.

    Four stars only because some clumsiness in few scenes.

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