The Last Days of Disco

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This DVD release of The Last Days of Disco may not feature any meaningful extras, but it is still technically impressive and a marked improvement over the video release. A witty, suave movie that captures the early '80s in Manhattan while steadfastly avoiding the kitschy clichés of the disco era, the look of John Thomas' expert after-hours cinematography is preserved on this beautiful anamorphic widescreen transfer. Not only does this Whit Stillman film look as good as it did in theatres, but the ...
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This DVD release of The Last Days of Disco may not feature any meaningful extras, but it is still technically impressive and a marked improvement over the video release. A witty, suave movie that captures the early '80s in Manhattan while steadfastly avoiding the kitschy clichés of the disco era, the look of John Thomas' expert after-hours cinematography is preserved on this beautiful anamorphic widescreen transfer. Not only does this Whit Stillman film look as good as it did in theatres, but the better-than-average disco and soul soundtrack really comes alive when played through your stereo system (thankfully, the Dolby Digital 5.0 audio track is equally well-balanced when fed through your TV). Not really about the late-'70s dance scene at all, The Last Days of Disco is loosely based on Whit Stillman's own experiences and he creates his own Manhattan instead of attempting a slavish copy of the famously tacky era. Perhaps a future DVD edition will feature an audio commentary from the writer/director.
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All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Whit Stillman films are known for being chock-full of smart, snappy dialogue and little else, and The Last Days of Disco tinkers with that formula only slightly. The third installment of Stillman's "Yuppie" trilogy, along with Metropolitan and Barcelona, finds the same character types discussing the same issues, although this time the setting is the dawning Reagan years when disco is going down for the count. Stillman uses the closing of a disco palace to delve into the drug and sex themes and symbolize the end of an era, and his main obstacle this time around is that his characters are all designed to be rather unlikable, which is a big hurdle to overcome. Kate Beckinsale, American accent in tow, is one of the more disagreeable women to grace the screen but she delivers some of the best lines in the film. Chloe Sevigny, on hand as the moral center, tries to garnish what sympathy the audience is willing to give but can't quite muster it. Stillman regular Christopher Eigeman more or less reprises his roles from the earlier films, but he too has some terrific one-liners. Even those who appear to be above the fray, like MacKenzie Astin and Robert Sean Leonard have their downsides. Everyone in this film seems way too intellectual to be true, which doesn't help matters much, but Stillman is so good at manipulating the situations that their flaws actually become hypnotic. In perhaps one of the subtlest ways imaginable, each character represents the death of disco. Surprisingly for a Stillman film, it's a bit of a downer. However, the soundtrack alone is enough to make one wistful for the days of mirror balls.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • UPC: 044005826722
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Polygram Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chloë Sevigny Alice
Kate Beckinsale Charlotte
Christopher Eigeman Des
Matt Keeslar Josh
MacKenzie Astin Jimmy
Matthew Ross Dan
Tara Subkoff Holly
Burr Steers Van
David Thornton Bernie
Jaid Barrymore Tiger Lady
Michael Weatherly Hap
Robert Sean Leonard Tom
Jennifer Beals Nina
Carlos Jacott Dog walker
Technical Credits
Whit Stillman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Kerry Barden Casting
Scott Breindel Sound/Sound Designer
John Carrafa Choreography
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Sarah Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Hafitz Editor
Billy Hopkins Casting
John Thomas Cinematographer
Jay Pires Editor
Edmon Roch Co-producer
Cecilia Kate Roque Co-producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Paul Soucek Sound Editor
Mark Suozzo Score Composer
Ginger Tougas Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Chapters
1. Opening Logos [:24]
2. Main Title: The Very Early 1980s [:46]
3. A New Social Era [2:41]
4. Forcing Destiny [2:47]
5. A Dilemma For Des [2:12]
6. Mating Rituals [2:38]
7. The Kindergarten Teacher Meets Scrooge McDuck [2:54]
8. Formula For Success [:57]
9. Group Night Out [7:01]
10. Die, Yuppie Scum [1:19]
11. Talking Pairs [3:18]
12. Runaround At The Railroad [:26]
13. Tough Days, Disco Nights [6:44]
14. Accentuating The Positive [1:14]
15. Changing Times, Changing Lives [4:23]
16. Scotty And The Tramp [2:54]
17. Conflicts Of Interest [3:18]
18. A Loony Proposal [6:49]
19. Defective Baggage [4:21]
20. The Raid [2:14]
21. "To Thine Own Self Be True" [2:41]
22. Disco's Eulogy [4:59]
23. Take The Love Train/End Credits [5:29]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Chapters
1. Opening Logos [:24]
2. Main Title: The Very Early 1980s [:46]
3. A New Social Era [2:41]
4. Forcing Destiny [2:47]
5. A Dilemma For Des [2:12]
6. Mating Rituals [2:38]
7. The Kindergarten Teacher Meets Scrooge McDuck [2:54]
8. Formula For Success [:57]
9. Group Night Out [7:01]
10. Die, Yuppie Scum [1:19]
11. Talking Pairs [3:18]
12. Runaround At The Railroad [:26]
13. Tough Days, Disco Nights [6:44]
14. Accentuating The Positive [1:14]
15. Changing Times, Changing Lives [4:23]
16. Scotty And The Tramp [2:54]
17. Conflicts Of Interest [3:18]
18. A Loony Proposal [6:49]
19. Defective Baggage [4:21]
20. The Raid [2:14]
21. "To Thine Own Self Be True" [2:41]
22. Disco's Eulogy [4:59]
23. Take The Love Train/End Credits [5:29]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast And Filmmakers
         Chlöe Segigny
         Kate Beckinsale
         Wilt Stillman
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play
   Language Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer [Trailer]
      Cast And Filmmakers
         Chlöe Segigny
         Kate Beckinsale
         Wilt Stillman
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Wonderful in every aspects. Keeps its charm under multiple viewi

    Wonderful in every aspects. Keeps its charm under multiple viewing. Whit Stillman is a genious gentleman.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Whit Stillman at his best

    As usual with Stillman, the writing is top drawer. Kate Beckinsale has not been this good since.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the best films of the 90's

    This is the film that brought Kate Beckinsale to my attention and helped Chloe Sevigny become a star (prior to Big Love), the entire cast is fantastic and the soundtrack is great. This is a definite must see film!!

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