The Last September

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Overview

Deborah Warner's The Last September comes to DVD from Trimark Home Video with a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. The closed captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles also available. Extra features include interviews, a dramatic reading, and a trailer.
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Overview

Deborah Warner's The Last September comes to DVD from Trimark Home Video with a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. The closed captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles also available. Extra features include interviews, a dramatic reading, and a trailer.
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Special Features

Trailer; Interviews; Dramatic reading
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Like an exquisite ice sculpture, The Last September is beautiful to look at but icy to the touch. Drawn from Elizabeth Bowen's novel, September is impeccably designed and shot and filled with first class performances by a first rate cast. Yet it's so remote and detached that emotional involvement is precluded, which leads to disengagement and disinterest, despite admiration for its many exceptional parts. Director Deborah Warner has worked with her production crew to bring a meticulously detailed period look to the piece, and the atmosphere they create is simply marvelous. The cinematography by Slawomir Idziak is simply stunning, infused with an "aged in wood" glow that perfectly captures the melancholy autumn feel of the tale, and which perfectly captures the feel of the viewer eavesdropping on the scenes being played. In the crucial lead role Keeley Hawes employs every resource at her command, which she needs to do to keep up with the likes of the inimitable Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith and Fiona Shaw. Shaw is the standout, though all are wonderful; her "first among equals" status deriving from the fact that her character is the most interesting. And that points up the big flaw with September; despite the fact that the cast and creative team expend such effort in bringing nuance and detail to the proceedings, it is nuance and detail that serves to individualize without illuminate. Actions happen but the motivations and context are murky and vague, dulling the impact. What is left is an extremely handsome shell, easy to watch and admire but lacking in substance and force.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • UPC: 031398744023
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,113

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Smith Lady Myra
Michael Gambon Sir Richard Naylor
Jane Birkin Francie Montmorency
Fiona Shaw Marda Norton
Lambert Wilson Hugo Montmorency
David Tennant Capt. Gerald Colthurst
Richard Roxburgh Daventry
Keeley Hawes Lois Farquar
Gary Lydon Peter Connolly
Jonathan Slinger Laurence Carstairs
Technical Credits
Deborah Warner Director
Caroline Amies Production Designer
Georges Benayoun Executive Producer
Dan Birch Sound/Sound Designer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Davis Casting
Kate Evans Editor
Marina Gefter Co-producer
Sara Giles Associate Producer
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Neil Jordan Executive Producer
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. Dancing [5:05]
2. Visitor [4:06]
3. Character [3:43]
4. Reflection [2:49]
5. Rivals [3:19]
6. Judgement [3:21]
7. Adventure [4:30]
8. Observations [4:35]
9. Voyeur [3:09]
10. Devoted [3:26]
11. Violence [4:12]
12. Nothing [6:04]
13. Touched [4:01]
14. Memories [5:19]
15. Advice [4:55]
16. Distraction [4:42]
17. View [4:48]
18. Pawn [4:36]
19. Everything [3:09]
20. Butterfly [4:25]
21. Leaving [5:04]
22. Mourning [4:06]
23. Perspectives [6:07]
24. End Credits [3:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Interview Fiona Shaw
      Interview Deborah Wamer
      Dramatic Reading
   Subtitles
   Trimark
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