The Road to Wellville

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Journey back in time for some quirky health tips from Dr. John Harvey (Anthony Hopkins) himself in this off beat comedy, arriving on DVD courtesy of Columbia/Tri Star home entertainment. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan and offering a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack, this disc also offers optional English subtitles and some bonus trailers to keep viewers satisfied.
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Journey back in time for some quirky health tips from Dr. John Harvey (Anthony Hopkins) himself in this off beat comedy, arriving on DVD courtesy of Columbia/Tri Star home entertainment. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan and offering a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack, this disc also offers optional English subtitles and some bonus trailers to keep viewers satisfied.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & video; Remastered in high definition; Full screen presentation; Audio: English Surround; Subtitles: English; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it was met with reactions ranging from bafflement to high-minded condescension upon its unsuccessful theatrical release, this scatological satire of America's early-1900s health obsession deserves a more balanced second look. Adapted by writer/director Alan Parker from the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville boasts a stellar cast, amusing period detail, and enough surreally grotesque set pieces to power any two David Cronenberg films. The humor may be of the toilet variety, but it serves persuasively and enjoyably to mock the "progressive" ideal of better living through "science" -- in this case the science of enemas, shock treatments, vegetarianism, and thinly disguised snake oil. Parker's satire succeeds or fails on the strength of the individual characters -- caricatures, really, for nothing about The Road to Wellville is subtle. Luckily, the actors are all game and capable, from Anthony Hopkins' buck-toothed reformer to the health-seekers played with abundant and varied charms by everyone from Lara Flynn Boyle and Camryn Manheim to Bridget Fonda and Matthew Broderick. Despite the presence of John Cusack, a subplot involving the breakfast-cereal boom doesn't really go anywhere, but it does help hammer home the film's key point: that middle-class Americans of any historical era would rather throw money at dubious health schemes than make substantive changes in their lifestyles. If modern audiences can't see that, perhaps they're simply too busy obsessing over their low-carb diets, cholesterol levels, home gyms, and personal trainers. The film's poor reputation more likely stems from two pieces of received wisdom: first, that jokes about the digestive and excretory systems are uniformly juvenile, and second, that the human libido took a vacation in the Victorian era and didn't resurface until the swinging 1960s. Parker's film, though uneven and overlong, has great fun disproving both notions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • UPC: 043396093089
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Dr. John Harvey Kellogg
Bridget Fonda Eleanor Lightbody
Matthew Broderick Will Lightbody
John Cusack Charles Ossinging
Dana Carvey George Kellogg
Lara Flynn Boyle Ida Muntz
Michael Lerner Goodloe Bender
Colm Meaney Dr. Lionel Badger
John Neville Endymion Hart-Jones
Traci Lind Nurse Irene Graves
Camryn Manheim Virginia Cranehill
Roy Brocksmith Poultney Dab
Norbert Weisser Dr. Spitzvogel
Gabriel Barre Desk Clark
James Bigwood Reporter
Marshall Erwin Efron Bartholomew Bookbinder
Michael Goodwin Dr Frank Linniman
Mark Jeffrey Miller Woodbine
Marianne Muellerleile Nurse Bloethal
George Nannerello Reporter
Richard Olsen Fox Fur Man
Monica Parker Mrs Tindermarsh
D. Anthony Pender Waiter on Train
John Henry Scott Bath Attendant
Carole Shelley Mrs Hookstratten
Ann Tucker Hannah
Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
Armyan Bernstein Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Claudette Didul Set Decoration/Design
Richard Earl Art Director
Howard Feuer Casting
Peter Frampton Makeup
Gerry Hambling Editor
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Alan E. Lorimer Special Effects
Lisa Moran Associate Producer
Brian Morris Production Designer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Rosenberg Executive Producer
Nelson Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Juliet Taylor Casting
John Willett Art Director
T. Coraghessan Boyle Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:23]
2. The Temple of Health [:47]
3. In the Dining Car [3:54]
4. A Small Demonstration [2:33]
5. In the Lobby [4:16]
6. Nurse Graves [2:27]
7. A Colonic Wash [1:39]
8. Goodloe Bender [3:36]
9. Eleanor & George [2:32]
10. George's Lesson [4:25]
11. Nurse Bloethal [1:47]
12. The Red Onion Restaurant [3:14]
13. Fletcherize [7:30]
14. Bartholomew Bookbinder [2:11]
15. Dr. Kellogg Examines Will [5:45]
16. Under the Blankets [5:14]
17. Passing by Ida's Room [3:46]
18. Testing the Batches [3:58]
19. Throwing Projectiles [3:45]
20. A Severe Cure for Flatulence [6:57]
21. Christmas Celebrators [2:46]
22. In the Mud Baths [2:25]
23. Big-Time Operators [2:30]
24. Not Ashamed of Their Bodies [5:33]
25. Carnal Pleasures [14:39]
26. Celebration Day Exposure [3:58]
27. Manipulating Eleanor [3:12]
28. Fireworks [9:52]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Trailers
      Harry and Walter Go to New York
      Howards End
      It Could Happen to You
   Scene Selections
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We need this in WIDESCREEN!!!

    This is one of the greatest comedies I know of. Although I would enjoy it much more in the Widescreen format. Just like many other titles that are only available in Pan&Scan. I would recommend renting this movie and saving your money for a Widescreen version to come out.

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