Crucible

Crucible

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Director: Nicholas Hytner

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield

     
 

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Nicholas Hytner's superb adaptation of Arthur Miller's politically charged play The Crucible makes its debut on DVD with this excellent package from 20th Century Fox. The anamorphic widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and does a fantastic job of capturing the rural landscape that is crucial to the piece. The EnglishSee more details below

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Overview

Nicholas Hytner's superb adaptation of Arthur Miller's politically charged play The Crucible makes its debut on DVD with this excellent package from 20th Century Fox. The anamorphic widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and does a fantastic job of capturing the rural landscape that is crucial to the piece. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Surround. Hytner and Miller each provide commentary. Although they were recorded at different times, they have been perfectly edited together. Each brings a unique perspective to the material. Hytner discusses his attempts to open up the play and goes into an interesting comparison between the acting styles of Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Scofield. Miller discusses the amount of research he did for the original play, and discusses the political climate that helped give birth to the play. A making-of featurette, an interview between Day Lewis and Miller, and the original theatrical trailer round out this highly recommended disc.

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Aided by Arthur Miller's script, an adaptation of his own play, Nicholas Hytner's The Crucible captures a palpable sense of the hysteria and circular logic that damned 19 residents of Salem who refused to confess to witchcraft. The film sustains its tension for upwards of two hours, with top-notch acting by such heavy hitters as Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen, and Paul Scofield. But it's Miller's dialogue, memorable for its lyrical precision, that perfectly distills the hopelessness of evading the accusations that spread through that small Massachusetts community. While the film surely condemns the alarmist reactions of the church and courts, it nonetheless outlines the systematic process that led the leaders to their conclusions. Alarmist they may have been, but believe it they did, and they acted on what they felt was the truth, after much internal debate. The film stirs up religious conundrums that are fascinating to contemplate, even for the spiritually disinclined. Scofield is powerful as the dispassionate magistrate whose word could send an accused witch to the gallows. Allen's crumbling stoicism in the role of Elizabeth Proctor earned her a well-deserved Oscar nomination, and Day-Lewis turns in his usual soulful performance, burning silently until a richly emotional denouement. Winona Ryder is a little too showy as the morally compromised Abigail Williams, but the rest of the supporting cast paints a true picture of a town torn asunder. The gorgeous cinematography supports the weighty issues at its core, making The Crucible a profound examination of one of the more disquieting and regrettable periods in American history.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0024543108252
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
11,383

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making-of featurette; "A Conversation With Daniel Day-Lewis and Arthur Miller" featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis John Proctor
Winona Ryder Abigail Williams
Paul Scofield Judge Danforth
Joan Allen Elizabeth Proctor
Bruce Davison Rev. Samuel Parris
Rob Campbell Reverend John Hale
Jeffrey Jones Thomas Putnam
Karron Graves Mary Warren
Peter Vaughan Giles Corey
Frances Conroy Ann Putnam
Robert Breuler Judge Hathorne
Rachael Bella Betty Parris
George Gaynes Judge Samuel Sewall
Ashley Peldon Ruth Putman
Charlaine Woodard Tituba
Mary Pat Gleason Martha Corey
Elizabeth Lawrence Rebecca Nurse
Tom McDermott Francis Nurse
Michael Gaston Marshal Herrick
William Preston George Jacobs
Peter Maloney Dr. Griggs
Will Lyman Isaiah Goodkind
Dossy Peabody Goody Sibber
Ken Cheeseman Goat Owner
Ruth Maleczech Goody Osborne
Anna V. Boksenbaum Sarah Pope
Dorothy Brodesser Mrs Griggs
Mara Clark Goody Barrow
Sheila Ferrini Townswoman
Amee Gray Lydia Sheldon
John Griesemer Ezekial Cheever
Lian-Marie Holmes Deliverance Fuller
Jessie Kilguss Deborah Flint
June Lewin Townswoman
Karen MacDonald Townswoman
Simone Marean Rachel Buxton
Michael McKinstry Daniel Proctor
Charlotte Melen Margaret Kenney
Carmella Mulvihill Hannah Brown
Katrina Nevin Dorcas Bellows
Steven Ochoa Putnam's servant
Sheila Pinkham Goody Good
Jane Pulkkinen Goody Bellows
Mary Reardon Esther Wilkens
Kali Rocha Mercy Lewis
Alexander Streit Joseph Proctor
Stanely Taylor Joanna Preston
David V. Picker Actor
George Fenton Conductor

Technical Credits
Nicholas Hytner Director
Tariq Anwar Editor
Michael Barosky Sound Mixer
Dirk Wallace Craft Asst. Director
Bob Crowley Costumes/Costume Designer
Naomi Donne Makeup
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
George Fenton Score Composer,Songwriter
Donna Isaacson Casting
William "Billie Jack" Jakielaszek Special Effects
Christian Kaplan Casting
Alan S. Kaye Set Decoration/Design
Paula Kelly Makeup
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Gary King Special Effects
Todd Kleitsch Makeup
Mitchell Levin Associate Producer
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Michael McCue Asst. Director
Arthur Miller Screenwriter
Robert A. Miller Producer
Bob Miller Producer
Louis Montejano Set Decoration/Design
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
David V. Picker Producer
Carolyn Pickman Casting
Diana Pokorny Co-producer
Stephen R. Ricci Special Effects
Daniel Swee Casting
Eliza Thompson Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
Bob Wagner Asst. Director
John Warnke Art Director
Carla White Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:02]
2. A Secret Meeting [1:13]
3. A Sickness [3:22]
4. John Proctor [3:03]
5. Accusations [6:58]
6. The Judges [3:08]
7. Hysteria [3:54]
8. Arrests [6:32]
9. Taking Names [7:07]
10. Mary's Deposition [3:28]
11. Goody Proctor's Testimony [3:40]
12. To Tell the Truth [1:30]
13. The Hangings [2:14]
14. Confessions [6:58]
15. John's Decision [5:26]
16. End Titles [1:22]

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