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The Item

Cast: Dan Clark, Dawn Marie Velasquez, Dave Pressler, Dan Lake

     
 

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Dan Clark's horror film The Item comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track by Clark, a trailer, and

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Dan Clark's horror film The Item comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track by Clark, a trailer, and deleted scenes. Regardless of the quality of the film itself, this is a very strong disc from Artisan that does justice to the movie and provides a healthy amount of extras.

Editorial Reviews

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This clever, gore-drenched, dialogue-driven, low-budget camp caper was shot in video and has not been transferred to film; the movie looks like TV instead of a traditional piece of cinema. No matter, director/star Dan Clark does not let the technology limit the inventive camera work and ambitious editing, and his script sets the predictable monster genre on its ear. There is a saggy middle third where the "item" -- a ridiculous phallus-shaped puppet -- takes over the thoughts of the criminal crew and sets the thugs into dangerous action, but the over-the-top action pieces carry the show through even this slow bit. A sequence involving transvestites skilled in martial arts only adds to the mirthful mayhem. To top it all off, there seems to be actual philosophic ideas behind The Item. Horror fans longing for the return of Quentin Tarantino will rejoice.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
UPC:
0012236120117
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Live / Artisan
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Director commentary; Behind-the-scenes featurette with optional commentary; Trailer; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround; 2.0 Dolby stereo; Digitally mastered; 16x9 widescreen version; Interactive motion menus; Scene selection with motion images; Character rap sheets

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dawn Marie Velasquez Lauren
Dan Clark Alex
Dave Pressler Martin
Dan Lake Fatty
Ron Fitzgerald Dr. Ody
Kyle B. Cunningham Joseph
Judy Kean Kwon Rita
Romy Sharf Nurse Nicky

Technical Credits
Dan Clark Director,Screenwriter
Katie Middlebrook Art Director
Michael Mayhew Cinematographer,Co-producer,Editor
Ken Niederbaumer Makeup
Kristina Alg Production Designer
Howard Drossin Score Composer
Christine Ramirez Set Decoration/Design
Paula Lauterbach Associate Producer
Ramon Pirouzian Associate Producer
David Presller Co-producer
Christine Zilber Executive Producer
Laurent Zilber Executive Producer
Don Asher Producer
Tim Gardemer Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Fredburg Special Effects
Nick Plantico Special Effects
Corey Roberts Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Where's the Monkey? [5:19]
2. State of Unconsciousness [4:52]
3. Desert Deaths [4:29]
4. Lovely Rita [5:17]
5. Peek at the Freak [6:10]
6. He Died With His Pumps On [7:16]
7. Money Is Art [2:52]
8. That's Not a Monkey, Alex [6:16]
9. Babysitting the Item [9:19]
10. Turn Out the Lights [6:10]
11. Is My Face Red? [6:42]
12. Guilt on the Brain [4:57]
13. ...Forget to Kill Somebody?! [5:43]
14. Running With Dogs [10:55]
15. A Very Special Gift [2:55]
16. Gettin' Some Tail [7:50]

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