The Laramie Project

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Moises Kaufman's blending of documentary and fiction, The Laramie Project, 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. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a Spanish soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials ...
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Moises Kaufman's blending of documentary and fiction, The Laramie Project, 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. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a Spanish soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include biographies of the directors and the all-star cast, and an informative making-of documentary. This is a high-quality disc from HBO/Rysher.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Two featurettes; Chapter selection; Cast & director bios; The making of "The Laramie Project"
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The horrific 1998 murder of young gay man Matthew Shepard inspired this unique and amazing film, the product of New York playwright Moises Kaufman and an impressive coalition of stage, screen, and TV actors. When Laramie, Wyoming became infamous as the location of Shepard's brutal killing, Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theater Project went there and conducted more than 200 interviews with citizens, shaping their words into a play dramatizing the townspeople's conflicting feelings about the crime. This film goes one step further, incorporating the experiences of Kaufman, et al. into the narrative, with actors portraying Kaufman, his associates, and the residents of Laramie. Among the large and talented ensemble cast you'll see many familiar faces, including those of Steve Buscemi, Dylan Baker, Jeremy Davies, Clea Duvall, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, Janeane Garofalo, Joshua Jackson especially moving as a Laramie bartender haunted by the belief that he might have prevented the crime, Laura Linney, Amy Madigan, Camryn Mannheim, Christina Ricci, and Mark Webber. Intercutting reenacted interviews with actual news footage lends an eerie cast to these somber proceedings, which dramatize the dualities of a community that proclaims its adherence to Christian principles and yet cannot unanimously condemn the murderers of one of its own. Occasionally melodramatic and self-important, The Laramie Project is also heartrending and impossible to forget. Kaufman and executive producer Ross Katz provide a feature-length commentary for the DVD.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Innovative, mournful, and politically charged, this piece of journalistic theater translates powerfully to the screen. Helmed by its original stage director, cinematic newcomer Moises Kaufman, The Laramie Project manages not only to sidestep the obvious emotions milked by TV movies about the Matthew Shepard case, but also to reject all of their hackneyed techniques. Compiled by the Tectonic Theater Project from hundreds of hours of interviews with the residents of Laramie, WY, where Shepard was murdered, the film is more of a sociological interrogation than a dramatic story. Fragmentary and spare, the material benefits enormously from Kaufman's precise pacing, judicious use of split screens and wide-open exteriors, and sensitive direction of a motley Hollywood cast. Christina Ricci has one of the punchiest roles as Romaine Patterson, Shepard's fiery lesbian best friend, but even Laura Linney, in just one extended scene and a few snippets, manages to nail one particular outlook and set of responses, contributing to the mosaic of individual thoughts and emotions that make up the piece. Performers as diverse as '60s survivor Peter Fonda and Dawson's Creek teenybopper Joshua Jackson exhibit the same careful attention to craft. Amy Madigan deserves special mention for her grave cop role, which scans like Frances McDormand's part in Fargo drained of its humor and Minnesota kitsch. One of the few moments that rankles is the inclusion of actual news reports from the time of the murder; there's enough leftie celebrity glitz involved in the casting without seeing the real-life Ellen DeGeneres in footage of a vigil. Such minor quibbles aside, this is the most powerful film produced about the Shepard murder -- a stunning achievement considering the young man himself never appears.
Hollywood Reporter
The bottom line is the piece works brilliantly. Kirk Honeycutt

The bottom line is the piece works brilliantly. Kirk Honeycutt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • UPC: 026359189722
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Arriving in Laramie [3:02]
2. Remembering Matthew [6:38]
3. A Wyoming Queer [2:34]
4. Karaoke Night [2:28]
5. The Statement of Facts [2:29]
6. Media Coverage [2:01]
7. "What Were You Thinking?" [3:51]
8. Exposed to HIV [3:00]
9. Nationwide Vigil [2:16]
10. A Gay Lifestyle [4:14]
11. The Parade Tag [3:42]
12. Religious Perspective [1:28]
13. Funeral [3:22]
14. State Vs. Russell Henderson [2:08]
15. Guardian Angels [1:39]
16. State Vs. Aaron McKinney [6:23]
17. Sparkling Lights [3:33]
18. End Credits [3:38]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
      Full Frame
      Widescreen
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Cast & Director Biographies
         Dylan Baker - Rulon Stacey
         Tom Bower - Father Roger
         Clancy Brown - Rob Debree
         Steve Buscemi - Doc O'Connor
         Nestor Carbonell - Moisés Kaufman
         Kathleen Chalfant - Female Rancher
         Jeremy Davies - Jedadiah Schultz
         Clea Duvall - Amanda
         Peter Fonda - Dr. Cantway
         Ben Foster - Aaron Kreifels
         Janeane Garofalo - Catherine Connolly
         Bill Irwin - Harry Woods
         Joshua Jackson - Matt Galloway
         Terry Kinney - Dennis Shepard
         Laura Linney - Sherry Johnson
         Amy Madigan - Officer Reggie Fluty
         Camryn Manheim - Rebecca Hilliker
         Margo Martindale - Trish Steger
         Christina Ricci - Romaine Patterson
         Lois Smith - Lucy Thompson
         Frances Sternhagen - Marge Murray
         Mark Webber - Aaronm McKinney
         Moisés Kaufman - Writer/Director
      The Making of "The Laramie Project"
      Featurette 1
      Featurette 2
   Audio
      English 5.1
      English Stereo
      Spanish Stereo
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The only Movie....

    The Laramie Project is a wonderful movie, and is infact the only movie that ever made me cry. I first say The Laramie Project done as a one act play at my highschool a few years back, and it touched me like no other high school play had. Next, I saw the movie on TV, where it actually caused me to cry, and then I bought it because it is so great. I recommend this movie to anyone, if they are for or against gays (I am fanatically for) It is a movie that will touch your heart.

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