The General

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • UPC: 043396037267
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Tom Murphy
Paul Hickey
Tommy O'Neill
John O'Toole
Ciaran Fitzgerald
Ned Dennehy
Vinny Murphy
Roxanna Williams
Eamonn Owens Martin Cahill as a boy
Colleen O'Neill
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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Menu

Side A--
   Play Movie in Black and White
      Flip Dvd To View This Movie In Black And White
   Play Movie in Desaturated Color
   Subtitles
   Talent & Filmographies
      John Boorman
      Brendan Glesson
      Adrian Dunbar
      SEAN McGINLEY
      Jon Voight
Side B--
   Play Movie in Black and White
   Play Movie in Desaturated Color
      Flip Dvd To View This Movie In Desaturated Color
   Subtitles
   Talent & Filmographies
      John Boorman
      Brendan Glesson
      Adrian Dunbar
      SEAN McGINLEY
      Jon Voight
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