The Mean Season

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Phillip Borsos' thriller The Mean Season comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA.
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Phillip Borsos' thriller The Mean Season comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Borsos' engrossing, deliberately paced thriller boasts a career performance by Richard Jordan, but its formulaic finish cops out on the issues the film has raised. Another twist on the theme of the power of the press as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement that Billy Wilder first explored in Ace in the Hole (1951), it adds the pet Hitchcock-ian theme of the secret sharer, suggesting the killer's insane hunger for attention as a distorted reflection of the more carefully concealed ambition of Russell's journalist. Borsos' intelligent, low-key direction plays down the potentially sensational aspects of the story, never showing a murder, and keeping the gore at a discreet distance. Richard Jordan is brilliantly creepy as the disturbed killer, a man so vulnerable within the fascinatingly elaborate system of paranoid delusion he inhabits, that he almost gains his captive's sympathy. Russell, if not entirely credible as a journalist tortured by ethical questions, is convincing as a bereft lover and as a foil for the madman. Andy Garcia is also quietly effective as a detective assigned to the case. While the film never resolves the questions about the uglier aspects of ambition and the quest for fame, it succeeds as an above-average thriller.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • UPC: 027616861177
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Malcolm Anderson
Mariel Hemingway Christine Connelly
Richard Jordan Alan Delour
Richard Masur Bill Nolan
Joe Pantoliano Andy Porter
Richard Bradford Phil Wilson
Andy Garcia Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo Kathy Vasquez
Robert Apte Swat Commander
Rodney Barretto Swat Commander
Jill Beach Channel 7 TV Anchorwoman
Fritz Bronner Peter Peterson, Reporter
Ann Browning Victim in Matheson Hammock Park
Jennifer Browning Victim's Infant
Fred Buch John Burrows, Detective Chief
Cynthia Caquelin Ruth Lowenstein, Attorney
Michael Clay Ray Sloane, Reporter
Mike de Rienzo Everett Durfee, Reporter
Nancy Duerr TV Newswoman
Mark Fields Reporter
Dan Fitzgerald Carl Mason, Editor-in-Chief
Marshall B. Gage SWAT Commander
Bob Gwalty Psychiatrist
Connie Hicks Channel 10 TV Reporter
Tamara Jones Sarah Hooks
Richard Liberty Mr. Hooks
Peter Lundquist Channel 7 TV Reporter
Bruce McLaughlin Leonard Pridmore, Medical Examiner
Tim Minton Reporter
Joan Murphy Mrs. Hooks
Paul Nagel Jogger
Fred Ornstein Warren Phillips, Attorney
Christine Page Elementary School Teacher
John Palmer Himself
George Rudolph WGBS Radio Newsman
Bill Rutherford TV Reporter
Lee Sandman Harold Jacoby, Miami Journal Publisher
Joshua Segal Schoolboy
Mary Lou Simo Reporter
Robert Small Bill Crawford
William Smith Albert O'Shaughnessy
Lillian Zuckerman Mrs. Stein
Morris Zuckerman Mr. Stein
Technical Credits
Phillip Borsos Director
Linda Benedict Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Crowe Screenwriter
Joe Day Special Effects
Duwayne Dunham Editor
David Foster Producer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Don Ivey Set Decoration/Design
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
Leon Piedmont Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Frank Tidy Cinematographer
Lawrence Turman Producer
Richard Warlock Stunts
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Logo/Main Title [2:33]
2. Burn-Out [4:00]
3. A Mother's Grief [4:50]
4. A Move To Colorado? [6:16]
5. Clue No. 1 [4:13]
6. Conduit To The Public [10:03]
7. That Sweet Smell! [8:35]
8. Delayed Plans [5:04]
9. Collaborative Effort [10:49]
10. A Personal Meeting [11:24]
11. The Good Smaratian [6:13]
12. "It's Not My Fault" [2:49]
13. True Confessions [6:53]
14. Everglade Trade [7:24]
15. Who's The Story? [7:24]
16. Op-Ed/End Credits [5:14]
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