The Fan

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Edward Bianchi's thriller about a celebrity stalker, The Fan, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Paramount release offers a strong enough visual image that it is worthwhile for genre enthusiasts.
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Edward Bianchi's thriller about a celebrity stalker, The Fan, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Paramount release offers a strong enough visual image that it is worthwhile for genre enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Widescreen version; enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English mono; English subtitles; Menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

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This big-budget attempt to combine suspense and show business commentary has plenty of gloss but lacks the inventive, substantial script necessary to make such an odd premise work. The Fan's biggest problem is its stylistic schizophrenia: the film's thrills are often diluted by the inordinate amount of time devoted to all the drama regarding Sally Ross' "comeback" and there is an overblown musical number near the end that virtually stops the film's momentum cold. Despite the stellar cast, The Fan is ultimately just another slasher movie - and a rather unpleasant one at that (there is one killing whose homoerotic subtext got the film in a lot of trouble with the gay community). In terms of storytelling, the script is riddled with plot holes and characters whose behavior defies common sense (i.e.: no one takes Douglas seriously until it is too late, despite an array of obvious warning signs). The cast gives the material their all but are limited by the paper-thin characterizations they have been given: Michael Biehn struggles gamely a villainous role that unfortunately degenerates into self-parody, Lauren Bacall is saddled with a 'grand dame' characterization that feels a few decades out of date and James Garner's role is so underwritten that he comes off as a non-entity. Director Edward Bianchi layers on plenty of visual style and creates some striking sequences in the process (a pool-set slashing is horrifying yet dazzlingly stylish, a la Brian DePalma) but can't overcome the derivative, confused script. As a result, The Fan can only be recommended to fans of unintentionally campy spectacles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 097360146943
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lauren Bacall Sally Ross
James Garner Jake Berman
Maureen Stapleton Belle Goldman
Michael Biehn Douglas Breen
Hector Elizondo Ralph Andrews
Anna Maria Horsford Emily
Kurt Johnson David
Feiga Martinez Elsa
Reed Jones Choreographer
Alixe Gordin
George Peters Doorman
Erik van Valkenburg
Stephanie E. Williams
Kaiulani Lee Douglas' Sister
Charles Blackwell John Vetta
Dwight Schultz Director
Dana Delany Saleswoman
Terence Marinan Young Man in Bar
Robert Weil Pop
Ed Crowley Caretaker
Griffin Dunne Production Assistant
Themi Sapountzakis Markham
Jean de Baer Stage Manager
Liz Smith Herself
Justin Ross Dancer
Jim Wolfe Dancer
Victoria Vanderkloot Pen Thief
Donna Mitchell Hostess
Lionel Pina Customer
Miriam Phillips Woman on Steps
Ann Pearl Gary Fan
Tim Elliott Stagehand
Technical Credits
Edward Bianchi Director
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Joan Bradshaw Production Manager
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Priscilla Chapman Screenwriter
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Paul Bryan Eads Art Director
Herbert W. Gains Asst. Director
Alixe Gordin Casting
Marvin Hamlisch Songwriter
Diana Hammond Screenwriter
John Hartwell Screenwriter
Alan Heim Editor
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Jim Lovelett Stunts
Kevin McCormick Executive Producer
Tom McKinley Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
John Nicolella Associate Producer
Bill Oakes Associate Producer
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Robert Stigwood Producer
Norman Wexler Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Dear Miss Ross [4:25]
2. Alone and Lonely [5:53]
3. Lunch Date [2:47]
4. Pretending [1:58]
5. Rehearsals [3:49]
6. An Incosiderate Secretary [6:45]
7. Subway Station Attack [1:46]
8. Fan Letters [5:37]
9. The Inspector [5:48]
10. Outburst On Stage [2:58]
11. Douglas's Revenge [2:13]
12. In Seclusion [5:12]
13. A Tragic Death [2:41]
14. Another Try [1:09]
15. "Hearts, Not Diamonds" [4:20]
16. Sally Defends Herself [4:08]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      English
      English
      None
   Scene Selection
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