The Delta

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Overview

Ira Sachs' drama The Delta comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director. This is a good release of a little-seen film from Steeplechase.
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Overview

Ira Sachs' drama The Delta comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director. This is a good release of a little-seen film from Steeplechase.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it's lazily sensual, well-acted, and beautifully shot, the debut from writer/director Ira Sachs isn't an easy film to like. That's because The Delta asks a lot of its audience. It asks that you draw your own conclusions, connect the dots between disparate themes and plot threads, and reconcile an out-of-nowhere ending with all that's gone before. For audiences willing to do the work, however, the film is a revelation: a naturalistic, almost affectless examination of the tension between anonymous desire and human connection, and of the power of circumstance to alter seemingly unconnected lives. Lovely Lincoln Bloom, played with tender confusion by Shayne Gray, is a compelling protagonist precisely because he's so clueless about what he wants. Seemingly unaware of his own sexual desires, his place in the world, or the depths of his own manipulativeness, he dutifully navigates his genteel existence but breaks free in moments of wordless yearning. When one of Lincoln's furtive partners turns out to be an actual person, however, Lincoln is unable to cope with the other man's needs. Ming Nguyen -- who goes, in a nicely ironic bit of naming, by "John", the term for an anonymous sexual partner or a prostitute's client -- couldn't be more different from Lincoln. Biracial, an immigrant, and hard up for cash, he knows exactly what he wants: to be recognized, to be loved. Such a connection isn't in the cards with Lincoln, who retreats into the safety of his family and his girlfriend. From here, John becomes the focus of the film in a final reel that takes a sharp left turn and leaves the audience gaping. Ultimately, The Delta is about the chasm that separates us -- not just nationalities, races, or classes, but one individual from another. And from Benjamin P. Speth's fever-dream cinematography to Thang Chan's layered performance as Ming, the melancholy beauty of the film's message lingers long after the shock of its ending.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • UPC: 712267971428
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,043

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shayne Gray Lincoln Bloom
Thang Chan Ming Nguyen ("John")
Alluring Strange Club Band
Mai Ballard Pool Hall Owner
Thi Ho Bay Roommate's Mother
Gene Crain Sam Bloom
Joseph 'Bama' Crumpton Joe
Richard Daggett Pick-up Driver
Colonious Davis Ricky Little
Kate Davis Gloria Clifton
Melissa A. Dunn Tina Clifton
Polly Edelstein Debbie Bloom
Ron Gephart Ken Bloom
Patricia A. Gill Joe's Wife
Erin Grills Jacquie Clifton
Robert Hathaway 2nd Kid on Bike
Rachel Zan Huss Monica
Mark Hyman Club Bouncer
Charles Ingram Gary Bloom
Anthony Isbell Jerry (Man in Hotel)
Michael Locke Michael (Kid on Bike)
Kim Newman Denise Bloom
Angelique Owens Donut Shop Clerk
Moses Peace Policeman
Hoang Pham Minh's Friend
Randall Reinke Danny
Larry Reynolds Man in Park
Lamar Sorrento Ted
Vanita Thomas Bernice
Nhan Van Dang Minh's Roommate
Leigh Walden Cece Bloom
Technical Credits
Ira Sachs Director, Screenwriter
Bernhard Blythe Production Designer
Margot Bridger Producer
Nguyen Nguyet Cam Teleplay
Adam Feibelman Musical Direction/Supervision
Affonso Goncalves Editor
Loring McAlpin Associate Producer
Iddo Patt Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Rohatyn Songwriter
Benjamin P. Speth Cinematographer
Yin Lin Wong Art Director
Linda Wood Makeup
Laura Yamashita Production Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shayne Gray is GREAT! Buy This Movie...

    This movie seems like it was made to look like a ''Fictional Documentry''. At frist the ending made me mad...then I watched the movie again and was able to piece the movie together as a holistic piece. Thang plays a trinity outsider: he feels both races dislike him(African American & Vietnamese) and that society won't accept him because he's gay. Shayne Gray play a seemingly simple character with stunning detail. He's like a mix of Ian Curtis(from Joy Division) and an early Tom Cruse. He has this weird energy that sucks you in. If you can be open-minded enough to appriciate Andy Warhol's art and Movies, then you should appreciate this emotional salt in the wound. The movie is like a bullet: it's hard to guess where the fragments will end up, but you have a feeling that there will be damage. This movie looks like it was filmed in Memphis. Dark, gritty, mysterious and makes you want to smoke...There should be more movies made like this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    Don't waste your money

    The poor technical quality is matched by a boring, slow moving story that is painful to watch. No redeeming features.

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