The Cooler

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Overview

Wayne Kramer's debut feature, The Cooler, gets a strong DVD release with this disc from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Kramer, co-writer Frank Hannah, and cinematographer Jim Whitaker. They have an ...
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Overview

Wayne Kramer's debut feature, The Cooler, gets a strong DVD release with this disc from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Kramer, co-writer Frank Hannah, and cinematographer Jim Whitaker. They have an interesting discussion about the difficulties faced by any first-time director. Kramer is adamantly thankful for all of the people who made the film with him. He is full of praise particularly for composer Mark Isham, so much so that there is a second commentary track featuring Kramer and Isham. A featurette that originally appeared on the Sundance Channel and storyboards fill out this solid disc.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director and crew commentaries; Anatomy of a scene (courtesy of Sundance Channel LLC); Storyboard comparisons; 5.1 music-only track; English and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of last year's most talked-about movies, this modest independent production crams more entertainment value into 100 minutes than most major-studio "blockbusters." The story, which fuses crime drama and black comedy, unfolds against the faux-glam backdrop of contemporary Las Vegas, the erstwhile "Sin City" gradually transformed into a family-friendly tourist spot. Shelly Kaplow Alec Baldwin manages a shabby remnant of the town's Mob-controlled past, the Shangri-La casino, where old-school high rollers feel right at home. Whenever a player starts to get hot, Shelly deploys his secret weapon, a "cooler" named Bernie Lootz William H. Macy. Bernie is a lifelong loser whose bad luck is actually contagious -- a casual brush to the shoulder is usually enough to break a winning streak. But when Bernie inaugurates an improbable affair with sympathetic cocktail waitress Natalie Maria Bello, his own luck begins to turn and his talent for "cooling" diminishes -- which makes Shelly very, very angry. The key to The Cooler's success is casting: Few actors play losers better than Macy. Think Fargo and Boogie Nights. Also, Bello projects a mature worldliness perfect for Natalie, and former leading man Baldwin -- not exactly known for being warm and fuzzy -- perfectly combines the arrogance, cruelty, and misplaced loyalty that makes Shelly such a compelling jerk. The minor roles are filled just as carefully, with Paul Sorvino registering solidly as a washed-up lounge singer and Shawn Hatosy scoring as Bernie's dishonest, disrespectful son. Deconstructing The Cooler scene by scene, character by character, you'd find very little that was new or striking. But from these common building blocks director Wayne Kramer erects a shining edifice that stands head and shoulders above most other big-screen entertainment these days. Like the Shangri-La's staff and clientele, Kramer has disdained the new and glitzy, using traditional storytelling methods to put over a genuinely engaging yarn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • UPC: 031398118244
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,173

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William H. Macy Bernie Lootz
Maria Bello Natalie Belisario
Alec Baldwin Shelly Kaplow
Shawn Hatosy Mikey
Ron Livingston Larry Sokolov
Paul Sorvino Buddy Stafford
Estella Warren Charlene
Arthur Nascarella Nicky "Fingers" Bonnatto
M.C. Gainey Highway Officer
Ellen Greene Doris
Joey Fatone Johnny Capella
Don Scribner Lou
Tony Longo Tony
Richard Israel Marty Goldfarb
Timothy Landfield The Player
T. J. Gioia Bulldog
Jewel Shepard Hooker
Gordon Michaels Mr. Pinkerton
Doc Watson Morrie
Dan Lemieux Suburbanite
Larry Elliott Floor Manager
Joe Conti Pit Boss
Chris Platt Dealer
Norbert Ganska Stickman #1
Mitch Samboceti Player
Andrew Simbeck Stickman #2
Danny Grossen Stickman #3
Jeff Hill Stickman #4
Monet Beaman Stickman #5
Charlie Carr Boxman
Kanie Kastroll Croupier
Bryon Baker Stickman #6
John T. Kozeluh Man
Cherilyn Hayres Woman
James McCarthy Televangelist
Frank Hannah Dealer #2
Monica White Johnny Capella's Girls
Heather McHenry Johnny Capella's Girls
M.C. Fatone Highway Officer
Technical Credits
Wayne Kramer Director, Screenwriter
Anita Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Bonaccorsi Stunts
Kristin M. Burke Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Busey Associate Producer
Alessandro Camon Executive Producer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Toby Corbett Production Designer
Sig De Miguel Casting
Casey Easlick Stunts
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Sean Furst Producer
Bryan Furst Co-producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Billy Gottlieb Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Gryphon Executive Producer
Stephen Halbert Sound Mixer
Frank Hannah Screenwriter
Colin Hudson Camera Operator
Mark Isham Score Composer
Stephen Krause Sound Mixer
Dan Lemieux Stunts
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Joe Madden Executive Producer
Michael J. Morreale Executive Producer
Brett Morrison Executive Producer
Udo Pfeiffer Asst. Director
Michael Pierce Producer
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt Co-producer
John Schmidt Executive Producer
Wendy Weidman Casting
James Whitaker Cinematographer
Lulu Zezza Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Glamour Shot [5:14]
2. Revitalize [4:37]
3. Ice Cold [3:17]
4. High Roller [5:17]
5. Zodiac [3:39]
6. Heating Up [4:48]
7. Reunion [3:28]
8. Mister Subtle [4:53]
9. Little Joe [3:50]
10. Offspring [5:29]
11. Grievance [4:58]
12. Feeling Lucky [5:44]
13. Old School [3:47]
14. Sure Thing [3:28]
15. Nine Lives [4:10]
16. False Companion [4:21]
17. Humanitarian [3:19]
18. Heartless [3:45]
19. Painful Truth [4:43]
20. Into the Mirror [3:39]
21. Men's Room [3:36]
22. Straight Up [3:53]
23. New Direction [4:00]
24. End Credits [4:12]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Special Features
      Anatomy of a Scene Courtesy of Sundance Channel
      Storyboards
         The Cooler Scene
         The Heater Scene
         Play All
      Credits
   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English Dolby Surround
      Mark Isham's Original Score in 5.1
      Commentary: Co-Writer/Director; Wayne Kramer: Co-Writer; Frank Hannah: Director of Photography; Jim Whitaker
      Commentary: Co-Writer/Director; Wayne Kramer - Composer: Mark Isham
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         None
   Play
   Lions Gate Logo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best casino type movie in years!

    Alec Baldwin should have gotten his Oscar for this one. William Macy's performance was one his best as well and he should have gained some attention for his dramatic work in this one! I expect to see more of Maria Bello in the future. She was also great. I hope more people see this one. After all of the hype on some other titles, that 'let me down'. I watched this one back to back twice in one day and will recommend it to everyone I know.

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