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Director: John Boorman
     
 

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John Boorman's atmospheric Irish crime drama arrives on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original cinematic aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. This distinctive-looking film was shot in black-and-white. American audiences were shown a…  See more details below

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John Boorman's atmospheric Irish crime drama arrives on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original cinematic aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. This distinctive-looking film was shot in black-and-white. American audiences were shown a color print of the film (the colors were highly desaturated). Both versions are available to view on this disc. Supplemental materials include talent filmographies and production notes. The tense psychological cat-and-mouse game played between the thief and the cop plays even more tightly thanks to the intimacy of the small screen.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
A staple on most critics' "Greatest Movies Ever Made" list, this was Buster Keaton's own favorite among the many silent masterpieces in which he starred and directed. The plot, as elegantly constructed as a mathematical equation, centers around little Johnny Gray, an engineer rejected from the Confederate Army, who becomes a hero when he rescues both his beloved engine and his sweetheart from the Yankees. The marvelously inventive gags, almost all of which take place aboard, or involve, moving trains, include the sublime spectacle of a real locomotive crashing off a burning trestle bridge into the river below. Designed to look like a Matthew Brady photograph come to life, THE GENERAL remains the most hauntingly accurate vision of the Civil War ever filmed. The inspired combination of comedy and historical realism confounded '20s audiences; the movie was an expensive flop that contributed to Keaton's professional demise. His brilliant career as an independent filmmaker had been over for years before THE GENERAL was recognized as the work of cinematic genius that it is.
All Movie Guide
By the time John Boorman shot The General, its subject had already entered the realm of contemporary folklore. A gangster killed by the police in 1994, Martin Cahill gets the full treatment from Boorman, who does an impressive job of explaining his way of life without excusing it, showing the desperation of his origins without glamorizing his crimes. He's assisted by a tremendously believable performance by Brendan Gleeson, who characterizes Cahill as a man who compensates for a doughy slow-wittedness with an almost scary singlemindedness. (One particularly inspired touch involves Gleeson's seemingly endless supply of shirts featuring risqué cartoon pigs.) Boorman's feel for urban Irish grit, black humor, and an evenhanded approach to his characters helps make the film a standout amidst contemporary gangland chronicles.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1999
UPC:
0043396037267
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:04:00

Special Features

Presented in the original theatrical Black & White release; Desaturated color version also included; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Languages: English [2-channel Surround]; Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish; Talent and filmographies; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Gleeson Martin Cahill
Adrian Dunbar Noel Curley
Jon Voight Inspector Ned Kenny
Maria Doyle Kennedy Frances
Angeline Ball Tina
Sean McGinley Gary
Eanna McLiam Actor
Tom Murphy Actor
Paul Hickey Actor
Tommy O'Neill Actor
John O'Toole Actor
Ciaran Fitzgerald Actor
Ned Dennehy Actor
Vinny Murphy Actor
Roxanna Williams Actor
Eamonn Owens Martin Cahill as a boy
Colleen O'Neill Actor

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kevan Barker Asst. Director
Richie Buckley Score Composer
Kieran Corrigan Executive Producer
Ron Davis Editor
Betsy Davis Executive Producer
Seamus Deasy Cinematographer
Brendan Deasy Sound/Sound Designer
Jina Jay Casting
Maeve Paterson Costumes/Costume Designer
P.J. Pettitte Executive Producer
Doug Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Derek Wallace Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side A--
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:49]
2. Little thief [3:52]
3. Homecoming [2:23]
4. Principles [3:12]
5. Stealing in paradise [3:27]
6. $80 Grand [1:08]
7. Alibi & withdrawal [2:26]
8. Arcade robbery [3:22]
9. Inside man [4:39]
10. Planning the crime [5:28]
11. Study of the law [3:01]
12. Jewelry heist [7:08]
13. The Larceny Act [5:43]
14. One bar short [9:07]
15. "I'm not a pusher!" [3:24]
16. Art [1:59]
17. Russborough robbery [4:35]
18. Martin's alibi [4:43]
19. Police surveillance [4:30]
20. In labor [5:59]
21. Revenue men [2:20]
22. Diabetes [5:19]
23. The UVF [5:48]
24. Charged [8:01]
25. A silly disguise [1:20]
26. Staging a break-in [3:45]
27. Paranoia [4:25]
28. End of the day [4:41]
Side B--
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:49]
2. Little thief [3:52]
3. Homecoming [2:23]
4. Principles [3:12]
5. Stealing in paradise [3:27]
6. $80 Grand [1:08]
7. Alibi & withdrawal [2:26]
8. Arcade robbery [3:22]
9. Inside man [4:39]
10. Planning the crime [5:28]
11. Study of the law [3:01]
12. Jewelry heist [7:08]
13. The Larceny Act [5:43]
14. One bar short [9:07]
15. "I'm not a pusher!" [3:24]
16. Art [1:59]
17. Russborough robbery [4:35]
18. Martin's alibi [4:43]
19. Police surveillance [4:30]
20. In labor [5:59]
21. Revenue men [2:20]
22. Diabetes [5:19]
23. The UVF [5:48]
24. Charged [8:01]
25. A silly disguise [1:20]
26. Staging a break-in [3:45]
27. Paranoia [4:25]
28. End of the day [4:41]

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