Caveman's Valentine

The Caveman's Valentine

Director: Kasi Lemmons

Cast: Kasi Lemmons, Samuel L. Jackson, Colm Feore, Ann Magnuson

     
 

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Kasi Lemmons' Caveman's Valentine comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtracks are closed captioned. Supplemental material includes a commentary track with director

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Kasi Lemmons' Caveman's Valentine comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtracks are closed captioned. Supplemental material includes a commentary track with director Lemmons and editor Terilyn Shropshire, production notes, a theatrical trailer, and deleted scenes. Universal has done a fabulous job with this disc that will hopefully earn the film a wider audience than it found in theaters.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Kasi Lemmons' follow-up to her critical darling Eve's Bayou is a redemption tale of a musician turned homeless cave dweller turned amateur detective, and it proceeds with the same kind of ranting logic espoused by Samuel L. Jackson's title character. That is to say, not very clearly, and with paranoid concerns, that not everyone will care about or understand. It's a visually ambitious film, as Jackson's wonderfully named Romulus Ledbetter sees bursts of light from building tops (and winged demons in his head, courtesy of schizophrenia), which he blames on an imagined omnipresent villain named Stuyvesant. But these touches and an engaging performance from Jackson, framed memorably by dreadlocks that hang down the length of his back, are not enough to elevate the film into the mystical realm Lemmons created in Eve's Bayou. Underneath is a relatively standard whodunnit with uninteresting payoffs and obvious psychological motivators. The side story of Ledbetter trying to reconcile with his exasperated daughter doesn't interest much, either. What comment Lemmons and screenwriter George D. Green may have about real-world photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, on whom Colm Feore's shady artist David Leppenraub seems to be based, remains as murky as anything else. The Caveman's Valentine is a good example of a talented sophomore director unable to find material equal to that of her debut, leading her to misapply interesting storytelling techniques to a story that's beneath them.
Entertainment Weekly
There is pleasure in giving oneself up to the gusty swirls of the film's imagery, and especially to the handsome grandeur of its star. Lisa Schwarzbaum
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
The Caveman's Valentine works as everything but a mystery, yet it is intriguing in a number of ways.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
UPC:
0025192137624
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
72,369

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Kasi Lemmons and editor Terilyn Shropshire; Deleted scenes; Cast and filmmakers; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Romulus Ledbetter
Colm Feore David Leppenraub
Ann Magnuson Moira
Aunjanue Ellis Lulu
Rodney Eastman Matthew
Tamara Tunie Sheila
Anthony Michael Hall Bob

Technical Credits
Kasi Lemmons Director
Pamela Abdy Co-producer
Roy Anderson Stunts
Michael Bennett Co-producer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Nicolas Clermont Executive Producer
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephanie Davis Executive Producer
Danny DeVito Producer
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
George D. Green Screenwriter
James Holt Co-producer
Samuel L. Jackson Executive Producer
Michael Madden Set Decoration/Design
Elie Samaha Producer
Eli Selden Executive Producer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Stacey Sher Producer
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Robin Standefer Production Designer
Tracee Stanley Associate Producer
Andrew Stevens Producer
Amy Vincent Cinematographer
Jonathan Weisgal Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scenes
1. The Caveman (Main Titles) [7:10]
2. The Body in the Tree [:28]
3. Leppenraub's Slave [5:40]
4. The Path to Leppenraub [1:45]
5. A Suit of Clothes [5:53]
6. Moira [2:09]
7. Leppenraub [2:54]
8. The Smell of Evil [5:04]
9. The Faceless One [4:48]
10. Moria's Guest [2:27]
11. A Ride Home [:39]
12. The Hiding Place [8:10]
13. The Caveman's Gambit [4:27]
14. The Playgound [1:17]
15. A Blood-Red Valentine [2:22]
16. The Victim is the Killer [3:53]
17. Plain Old Craziness [3:07]
18. End Titles [4:51]

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