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Guy Maddin's wildly offbeat comedy drama about a music contest sponsored by a brewing magnate with hollow, beer-filled legs has been released on DVD in an edition sure to please Maddin's fans. The Saddest Music in the World has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the images have also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional Spanish subtitles. Bonus materials ...
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Guy Maddin's wildly offbeat comedy drama about a music contest sponsored by a brewing magnate with hollow, beer-filled legs has been released on DVD in an edition sure to please Maddin's fans. The Saddest Music in the World has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the images have also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional Spanish subtitles. Bonus materials include three short films by Guy Maddin, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the movie, a look at the film's international cast, and the original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Three short films from director Guy Maddin; "Teardrops in the Snow: The Making of The Saddest Music in the World" featurette; "The Saddest Characters in the World: The Cast of The Saddest Music in the World" featurette; Teasers; Original theatrical trailer
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A feverish whirligig of a movie, The Saddest Music in the World finds Canadian director Guy Maddin continuing his career-long excavation of the dead idioms of cinema past. Coming on the heels of Dracula, Pages From a Virgin's Diary and the exhilarating short The Heart of the World, a masterpiece that signaled his resurgence, this is the closest the cult favorite has come to mainstream acceptance. The movie is set in Depression-era Winnipeg, home of beer baroness Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini), who sponsors a competition to find the world's saddest music. The contest sets in motion a convoluted melodrama that incorporates some of Maddin's obsessions: amnesia, sibling rivalry, love triangles, and World War I. Like most of his works, the movie seems to have been unearthed from the vaults of an alternate film history. The rich black-and-white, the crackly soundtrack, and the blatant artifice are all redolent of a half-remembered film language. A critique of American pop's engulfment of global culture, the movie also has something to say about how public expressions of grief end up trivializing the subjects of their tributes. Boasting his biggest cast and budget to date, it's Maddin's richest movie yet, and cements his status as one of contemporary cinema's most original auteurs.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Hard to say who's luckier -- those who have seen the work of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin before and know what to expect, or those who haven't and for whom The Saddest Music in the World serves as an eye-popping introduction.
Time Magazine - Richard Corliss
In a movie age when there's hardly a garde, let alone an avant-garde, Maddin proves there are many languages to cinema, including the dead one of antique film. And in that language, he sings, he soars.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The effect is strange and delightful; somehow the style lends quasi-credibility to a story that is entirely preposterous. Because we have to focus a little more intently, we're drawn into the film, surrounded by it.

In a movie age when there's hardly a garde, let alone an avant-garde, Maddin proves there are many languages to cinema, including the dead one of antique film. And in that language, he sings, he soars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 027616911704
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark McKinney Chester Kent
Isabella Rossellini Lady Port-Huntly
Maria de Medeiros Narcissa
David Fox Fyodor Kent
Ross McMillan Roderick Kent
Technical Credits
Guy Maddin Director, Screenwriter
John Buchan Casting
Matthew Davies Production Designer
Chris Dedrick Score Composer
Russ Dyck Sound/Sound Designer
Atom Egoyan Executive Producer
Niv Fichman Producer
Daniel Iron Executive Producer
Phyllis Laing Co-producer
David McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Meg McMillan Costumes/Costume Designer
Luc Montpellier Cinematographer
Jody Shapiro Producer
George Toles Screenwriter
David Wharnsby Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Look!"/Main Title [5:24]
2. Saddest Contest Ever [4:18]
3. Ambassador of Greed [5:13]
4. An Amputation Story [5:02]
5. A Family in Dis-Chord [6:19]
6. Siam vs. Mexico [6:22]
7. Sadness With Sass [3:23]
8. Truly Fake Feelings [3:12]
9. Legs of Glass [3:42]
10. Little Bit of Backbone [1:50]
11. Canada vs. Africa [6:24]
12. Broadway Sadness [6:24]
13. Sad, Comatose Serbia [8:11]
14. The Song Is You [3:58]
15. Bubbly Beer Baroness [5:13]
16. An Abomination [5:32]
17. Rivals to the Death [5:15]
18. The Saddest Finale [:00]
19. Up in Smoke and Beer [4:39]
20. End Credits [5:52]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      Short Films
         A Trip to the Orphanage
         Sissy Boy Slap Party
         Sombra Dolorosa
      Teardrops in the Snow: The Making of The Saddest Music in the World
      The Saddest Characters in the World: The Cast of The Saddest Music in the World
      Teasers
      Theatrical Trailer
      Other MGM Releases
         Bubba Ho-Tep - View Trailer
         Void - View Trailer
         Walking Tall - View Trailer
         Coffee and Cigarettes - View Trailer
         Saved - View Trailer
         Intermission - View Trailer
         More Great MGM Releases
            Fargo
            Blue Velvet
            Cyrano De Bergerac
            Eat Drink Man Woman
            Wild at Heart
   Subtitles
      English
      Español
      None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    You can't go wrong with glass prosthetic legs..

    ...especially when they're filled with alcohol. We get to cuddle up in Winnipeg and watch a contest to find which country has the saddest song, and at the end of each contest day, the saddest winner gets to slide face-first into an aboveground pool of beer. Sit back and just go with it. Plus this film has one of my favorite movie quotes: ¿If you're sad and like beer, I'm your lady.¿

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