The Pallbearer

Overview

David Schwimmer's first starring vehicle has been given a basic presentation for its release on DVD. The Pallbearer has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround. No subtitles have been included, but the disc does include closed captions in English. No additional bonus material has been included.
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Overview

David Schwimmer's first starring vehicle has been given a basic presentation for its release on DVD. The Pallbearer has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround. No subtitles have been included, but the disc does include closed captions in English. No additional bonus material has been included.
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Special Features

Widescreen; Dolby Surround; Chapter search
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Clearly intended to be a Generation X version of The Graduate (1967), this dark comedy is a notable debut for writer/director Matt Reeves. An intelligent attempt at a meaningful examination of the slacker set, Reeves' picture belongs pretty much in the same league with other good examples of that 1990s subgenre: Singles (1992), Reality Bites (1994), and Before Sunrise (1995). While thankfully avoiding the annoying blitzkrieg of pop culture references that often punctuate slacker cinema, The Pallbearer (1996) is no less obsessed with the iconography of mass media, employing its fixations with more subtlety. David Schwimmer is engagingly funny in his debut as a neurotic leading boy/man even as he overly channels his Ross character from the TV hit Friends, while Gwyneth Paltrow is a nice romantic foil, although her character remains slightly underdeveloped despite some hinted-at complexities. The film's biggest hurdle is overcoming a central character that is passive and acquiescent, a similar obstacle in other stories about members of what is seen as a reticent, gloomy generation. As much as any other filmmaker, Reeves succeeds in achieving a balance between representing his peers accurately and sticking to the rules of sound storytelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • UPC: 717951003218
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 95,153

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Schwimmer Tom Thompson
Gwyneth Paltrow Julie Demarco
Michael Rapaport Brad Schorr
Barbara Hershey Ruth Abernathy
Carol Kane Tom's Mom
Toni Collette Cynthia
Michael Vartan Scott
Jean de Baer Suzanne DeMarco
Mark Margolis Philip DeMarco
Bitty Schram Lauren
Matthew Faber Jared
Robin Moore Sylvie
Greg Grunberg Abernathy Cousin
Edoardo Ballerini Job Interviewer
Technical Credits
Matt Reeves Director, Screenwriter
Jeffrey Abrams Producer
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Alesch Art Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer, Songwriter
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Jon Herron Camera Operator
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jason Katims Co-producer, Screenwriter
Nellie Nugiel Producer
Todd Pfeiffer Asst. Director
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Stan Salfas Editor
Suzanne Smith Casting
Robin Standefer Production Designer
Paul Webster Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Kate Yatsko Set Decoration/Design
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer
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