The Man from Elysian Fields

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Overview

The Man From Elysian Fields employs a basically effective 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that presents director George Hickenlooper's impressive shots in vibrant color. The picture's main drawback is the grain that appears often during the indoor and nighttime moments. Much of the image is clear, but the overall presentation is too uneven to garner a higher rating. Also slightly disappointing is this release's 5.0 channel Dolby Digital audio track. The sounds emanate clearly from the front speakers, but ...
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Overview

The Man From Elysian Fields employs a basically effective 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that presents director George Hickenlooper's impressive shots in vibrant color. The picture's main drawback is the grain that appears often during the indoor and nighttime moments. Much of the image is clear, but the overall presentation is too uneven to garner a higher rating. Also slightly disappointing is this release's 5.0 channel Dolby Digital audio track. The sounds emanate clearly from the front speakers, but they just lack the power normally associated with this technology. The rear speakers come into play periodically, which lessens the transfer's complexity. It works acceptably on an overall scale, but needs a bit more force to match the better tracks. The only prominent extra feature is a commentary from Hickenlooper, writer Philip Jayson Lasker, and star Andy Garcia. Their enjoyable discussion covers all the pivotal themes without being dry or overbearing. All three guys have a pleasant chemistry and lead well into the other's comments. It is obvious they really enjoyed working together. Hickenlooper is very down-to-earth and open, which definitely makes the track worth a listen. The budget limitations and brief shooting schedule probably made any behind-the-scenes documentary unlikely, but this omission is disappointing. The only remaining supplements are the basic filmographies, trailers, and television spots. In addition to The Man From Elysian Fields preview, trailers for Enigma and Punch-Drunk Love are also included.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Mastered in high defintion; Widescreen presentation; Director, writer, and Andy Garcia commentary; TV spots; Audio: English 5.0; English subtitles ; Filmographies; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
The Man From Elysian Fields is a quiet character study that represents some of the best work its participants have ever done. The stellar lead is Andy Garcia, who plays a best-selling novelist who can't break through his writer's block and turns to work at an escort service when his bills begin to overwhelm him. Garcia plays the tormented artist, the concerned father, and the embarrassed escort with equal aplomb, and we feel that his character is a real living, breathing person. The same can't be said for Mick Jagger, in a rare acting turn, who comes across as a bit stiff, but being who he is, does lend a certain air of decadence mixed with class on the virtue of his persona alone. Jagger's scene with his long-standing client, played by an uncredited Anjelica Huston, in which he professes his love for her, is a very remarkable piece of acting and one wishes he could have extended it to the rest of his performance. The real pleasure of the film, perhaps because it turned out to be one of his last roles, is James Coburn as a famous writer who hires Garcia to pleasure his wife (Olivia Williams) and eventually takes him on as a collaborator. This character is made all the more poignant because he is dying, and with Coburn's fate known at this point, it lends an extra aura of sympathy to him. Nevertheless, the man is in top form and the scenes where he and Garcia battle through their collaboration are excellent. Moreover, the film has a rich and colorful look to it that works very, very well in conjunction with the set designs, particularly the formerly opulent house that Coburn and Williams occupy. The cinematography is most definitely a part of this film to be consciously enjoyed.
Chicago Reader

A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year. Roger Ebert
Los Angeles Times
An elegant film with often surprising twists and an intermingling of naiveté and sophistication. Kevin Thomas

An elegant film with often surprising twists and an intermingling of naiveté and sophistication. Kevin Thomas
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 043396002722
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Garcia Byron Tiller
Mick Jagger Luther Fox
Julianna Margulies Dena Tiller
Olivia Williams Andrea Alcott
James Coburn Tobias Alcott
Anjelica Huston Jennifer Adler
Michael Des Barres Nigel Halsey
Richard Bradford Edward Rodgers
Xander Berkeley Virgil Koster
Sherman Howard Paul
Maureen McCormick Jane Rizzoli
Technical Credits
George Hickenlooper Director
Andy Garcia Producer
Philip Jayson Lasker Screenwriter
Anthony Marinelli Score Composer
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Producer
Donald Zuckerman Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:41]
2. Virgil the Editor [2:33]
3. A Man of Wealth & Taste [3:20]
4. Paul Pearson [2:31]
5. Neither Borrower or Lender Be [2:17]
6. Luther's Business [3:23]
7. Clientele Symmetry [3:54]
8. Jennifer, a Client For Years [3:13]
9. Nigel Halsey [4:02]
10. Andrea Allcott [4:09]
11. Experimental Theatre [1:56]
12. Hot Cocoa [2:52]
13. Tobias Allcott [3:31]
14. Breakfast With Tobias [7:11]
15. Birds of a Feather [2:56]
16. Byron's Book Critique [4:02]
17. Words of Advice [1:12]
18. Luther's Proposal [2:22]
19. "Welcome to the Family." [5:56]
20. No Respect for the Truth [4:03]
21. Three's Company [2:45]
22. Blind No More [:57]
23. Leaving the Business [2:18]
24. Posthumous Publishing Plan [2:48]
25. Protecting Tobias' Reputation [5:11]
26. Nigel's New Client [3:46]
27. Getting Back His Self-Respect [3:37]
28. One Year Later [10:33]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary
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      Filmographies
         Andy Garcia
         Mick Jagger
         Julianna Margulies
         Olivia Williams
         James Coburn
      TV Spots
         Bone Up
         Cast
         Reviews
      Trailers
         The Man From Elysian Fields
         Enigma
         Punch Drunk Love
   Trailers
      The Man From Elysian Fields
      Enigma
      Punch Drunk Love
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Man From ELysian Fields.....

    Surprisingly good film. Stay with the story....there are some good twists. Acting was just wonderful in this film. (Mick Jagger is nothing like what you would expect here.) I chose this video because I love James Coburn and Mick Jagger, too. As I Said, this is a surprisingly good movie. You have to be a fan of drama...if you like action movies....this is not for you.

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