King of Marvin Gardens
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The King of Marvin Gardens

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Director: Bob Rafelson

Cast: Bob Rafelson, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn

     
 
Bob Rafelson's drama The King of Marvin Gardens comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai

Overview

Bob Rafelson's drama The King of Marvin Gardens comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include original advertising materials, production notes, trailers, and information on the performers. This is a decent release from Columbia/TriStar.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
Bob Rafelson's fascinating follow-up to Five Easy Pieces is a poetic look into the drab world of life's has-beens and never-will-be's. At its heart, The King of Marvin Gardens tells a very simple story: a radio monologuist from Philadelphia (Jack Nicholson) is summoned to Atlantic City by his estranged brother (Bruce Dern), a small-time grifter who wants to buy an island near Hawaii and build a casino there. The film boasts one of Nicholson's most restrained performances, and Dern gives an eye-opening turn as a man so enraptured by his own schemes that he's unable to see his life has been defined by his failures. Perhaps no one's films are better than Rafelson's for representing the aesthetic disaffection so prevalent in American movies in the early 1970s -- his deliberate pacing slows things to a near crawl but allows Nicholson and Dern the freedom they need to fully plumb their desperate situations. And Laszlo Kovacs's wide-angle photography turns the dilapidated Atlantic City locations into a big, bright stage where these small-time players pursue their tawdry dreams.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0043396528093
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Audio: English (mono), Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Original advertising; Talent files; Bonus trailers; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson David Staebler
Bruce Dern Jason Staebler
Ellen Burstyn Sally
Julia Anne Robinson Jessica
Scatman Crothers Lewis
Henry Foehl Auctioneers
Frank Hatchett Dancers
Scott Howard Auctioneer
Wyetta Turner Dancers
Charles Lavine Grandfather
John Ryan Surlees
Arnold Williams Rosko
Sully Boyar Lebowitz
William Pabst Bidlack
Imogene Bliss Magda
Ann Thomas Bambi
Tom Overton Spot Operator
Van Kirksey Messenger #1
Tony King Messenger #2
Jerry Fujikawa Agura
Conrad Yama Fujito
Josh Mostel Frank
Garry Goodrow Nervous Man

Technical Credits
Bob Rafelson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Blauner Producer
Jacob Brackman Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
John F. Link Editor
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Toby Carr Rafelson Art Director
Tony Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Schneider Producer
Tim Zinnemann Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [10:23]
2. Home With Grandfather [2:51]
3. Welcoming Committee [1:52]
4. In Jail [1:44]
5. Waiting For Lewis [5:24]
6. Essex Carlton [2:20]
7. Dinner With David [2:38]
8. Jason's Little Island [3:52]
9. Exercise Problem [1:52]
10. Jessica's News [2:49]
11. Holding Deal Together [2:43]
12. Sally's Lament [3:03]
13. Bathroom Soliloquy [3:40]
14. Something For Nothing [7:39]
15. Miss Hawaii [5:27]
16. Starn's Restaurant [3:17]
17. Depression & Suspicion [6:15]
18. Bonfire [1:40]
19. Passing The Torch [2:06]
20. Symbolic Destruction [3:17]
21. Package Deal [3:12]
22. Home Alone [3:09]
23. Pickup & Delivery [:32]
24. Dirty Double-Crosser [:42]
25. With Lewis [3:06]
26. Packing [4:51]
27. Headline Material [5:00]
28. Back On The Air [1:55]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [10:23]
2. Home With Grandfather [2:51]
3. Welcoming Committee [1:52]
4. In Jail [1:44]
5. Waiting For Lewis [5:24]
6. Essex Carlton [2:20]
7. Dinner With David [2:38]
8. Jason's Little Island [3:52]
9. Exercise Problem [1:52]
10. Jessica's News [2:49]
11. Holding Deal Together [2:43]
12. Sally's Lament [3:03]
13. Bathroom Soliloquy [3:40]
14. Something For Nothing [7:39]
15. Miss Hawaii [5:27]
16. Starn's Restaurant [3:17]
17. Depression & Suspicion [6:15]
18. Bonfire [1:40]
19. Passing The Torch [2:06]
20. Symbolic Destruction [3:17]
21. Package Deal [3:12]
22. Home Alone [3:09]
23. Pickup & Delivery [:32]
24. Dirty Double-Crosser [:42]
25. With Lewis [3:06]
26. Packing [4:51]
27. Headline Material [5:00]
28. Back On The Air [1:55]

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The King of Marvin Gardens 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this film as a kid and thinking to myself, maybe when I'm older I'll understand the signifigance of this movie. But 29 years later I'm even more confused as to why this film was made. 'King of Marvin Gardens' took me a record- breaking four sittings to watch because I kept falling asleep. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate a thoughtful, well-written, well-acted human interest story--but where was the human interest in this flick?? Why am I supposed to be interested in these characters?? Interesting characters don't have to be nice and heroic, but they certainly have to be compelling! I think after the tremendous success of 'Five Easy Pieces' (deservedly so), that genre of anti-story must have been all the vogue in cinema during the mid-1970s. With the exception of the last 10 minutes you have an absolutely flatliner of a film here. Movies of that period, like 'Fat City' and 'Scarecrow' do a much more effective job of conveying the dire banality of real life. Although the packaging and presentation for the 'King of Marvin Garden' DVD was flawless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago