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Mean Season
     

The Mean Season

Director: Phillip Borsos, Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan

Cast: Phillip Borsos, Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan

 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
UPC:
0027616861177
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

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

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 García Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo Kathy Vasquez
Marshall B. Gage SWAT Commander
William Smith Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer Himself
Lee Sandman Harold Jacoby, Miami Journal Publisher
Dan Fitzgerald Carl Mason, Editor-in-Chief
Cynthia Caquelin Ruth Lowenstein, Attorney
Fred Ornstein Warren Phillips, Attorney
Fritz Bronner Peter Peterson, Reporter
Mike de Rienzo Everett Durfee, Reporter
Michael Clay Ray Sloane, Reporter
Fred Buch John Burrows, Detective Chief
Bruce McLaughlin Leonard Pridmore, Medical Examiner
Robert Apte Swat Commander
Rodney Barretto Swat Commander
Jill Beach Channel 7 TV Anchorwoman
Peter Lundquist Channel 7 TV Reporter
Connie Hicks Channel 10 TV Reporter
Bill Rutherford TV Reporter
George Rudolph WGBS Radio Newsman
Robert Small Bill Crawford
Nancy Duerr TV Newswoman
Mark Fields Reporter
Tim Minton Reporter
Mary Lou Simo Reporter
Tamara Jones Sarah Hooks
Joan Murphy Mrs. Hooks
Richard Liberty Mr. Hooks
Paul Nagel Jogger
Morris Zuckerman Mr. Stein
Lillian Zuckerman Mrs. Stein
Ann Browning Victim in Matheson Hammock Park
Jennifer Browning Victim's Infant
Bob Gwalty Psychiatrist
Christine Page Elementary School Teacher
Joshua Segal Schoolboy

Technical Credits
Phillip Borsos Director
Linda Benedict Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Crowe Screenwriter
David Foster Producer
Joe Day Special Effects
Duwayne Dunham Editor
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

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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