Shipping News

Shipping News

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Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett


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Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett star in the seething drama The Shipping News. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by Miramax is a solid effort filled with sharp colors and dark black levels. While the movie itself doesn't include many bursting colors (mostly muted whites and grays), overall, this is a very pleasing transfer with only aSee more details below


Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett star in the seething drama The Shipping News. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by Miramax is a solid effort filled with sharp colors and dark black levels. While the movie itself doesn't include many bursting colors (mostly muted whites and grays), overall, this is a very pleasing transfer with only a slight amount of edge enhancement present in the image. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French. This film is mainly a dialogue-driven drama, and as such, doesn't feature tons of directional effects or sounds. While a few effects do pop up in the rear speakers from time to time, overall this is subtle mix that sports no hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features available on The Shipping News include an informative and insightful commentary from director Lasse Hallstrom, screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, and producers Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Leslie Holleran. Also included is a short and rather boring featurette about the making of the film titled "Dive Beneath the Surface of The Shipping News," a few photo galleries from the film and its production ("Behind the Scenes," "Portraits," "Scenic Views"), and some sneak peeks at a batch of Miramax releases (though the trailer for The Shipping News is conspicuously missing).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel springs to life in this colorful adaptation directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and enacted by an especially noteworthy ensemble. Kevin Spacey, cast against type, plays a meek printer whose already unsatisfactory life gets worse when his slutty wife (an almost unrecognizable Cate Blanchett) and elderly parents die in short order. Persuaded by his feisty aunt (Judi Dench) to join her in rehabilitating the old family homestead in an oddball community on Newfoundland's coast, the glum widower and his young daughter move to the isolated village with hopes of a new beginning. Proulx's baroque novel -- thought to be unfilmable by many -- is simplified by Hallström and screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, who address themselves to filling the screen with delightfully eccentric characters. Julianne Moore makes a spirited leading lady, while goofy Rhys Ifans, dour Pete Postlethwaite, and laconic Scott Glenn all log notable performances. Apparently determined to keep viewers off balance, Hallström varies the film's mood from scene to scene; the cute and quirky rub shoulders with the depressing and macabre, and ancient mysteries jostle with humorous revelations. The end result is a movie that's as unpredictable as it is engrossing.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Director Lasse Hallström continues to explore eccentric families with this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx. Unlike Hallström's previous adaptations of The Cider House Rules (1999) and Chocolat (2000), the director this time tackles a dense, emotionally complicated work that translates somewhat haphazardly to the screen. While Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench inhabit their respective roles splendidly, the script by Robert Nelson Jacobs struggles to include all of the source material's meandering plot, leaving some story threads dangling. The fun bits in the novel also work well in the film: these almost all involve the growth of Spacey's character Quoyle into a gifted newspaper reporter and his interactions with the idiosyncratic staff of that publication. The Newfoundland locations are captured gracefully by cinematographer Oliver Stapleton, but the overall effect is one of mild disappointment in comparison to the filmmaker's previously full-bodied, emotionally satisfying cinematic forays. Modern cineastes are accustomed by now to the book being better than the movie, so they won't be surprised to find The Shipping News (2001) visibly pale in comparison to its literary progenitor.
San Francisco Chronicle
It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey. Bob Graham
New York Observer
A movie that engrosses, hypnotizes and clings to the memory long after the final frame. Rex Reed

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Dive Beneath the Surface of The Shipping News"; Feature commentary track with director Lasse Hallström, screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, and producers Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Leslie Holleran; Photo archive; French-language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Quoyle
Julianne Moore Wavey
Cate Blanchett Petal Bear
Judi Dench Agnis Hamm
Pete Postlethwaite Tert Card
Scott Glenn Jack Buggit
Rhys Ifans Beaufield Nutbeem
Gordon Pinsent Billy Pretty
Jason Behr Dennis Buggit
Larry Pine Bayonet Melville
Jeanetta Arnette Silver Melville
Robert Joy EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer Bunny
Kaitlyn Gainer Bunny
Lauren Gainer Bunny
John Dunsworth Guy Quoyle
Will McAllister Herry Prowse
Marc Lawrence Cousin Nolan
Nancy Beatty Mavis Bangs

Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Stephen P. Dunn Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Goldstein Knowlton Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Leslie Holleran Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Kirchberger Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Diana Pokorny Co-producer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
E. Annie Proulx Source Author
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Peter Rogness Art Director
Karen Schulz-Gropman Art Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
Randy Spendlove Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Neil Trifunovich Special Effects Supervisor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Irwin Winkler Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Enduring Failure
2. "Not Much of a Life"
3. "A Really Bad Time"
4. "The House Is Sad"
5. Applying for a Job
6. Accidents and Headlines
7. Sensitive People
8. Hitler's Yacht
9. "Lumbering Idiot Stuns Crowd"
10. Strange Friends
11. Discovering a Dismal Past
12. Fighting Over a Story
13. A Proper Boat?
14. The Ghost's Secret
15. A Regrettable Celebration
16. A Liberating Storm
17. Breaking the Curse
18. End Credits

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