The Straight StoryDirector: David Lynch, Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz
David Lynch's superb The Straight Story comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Lynch's superb framing and the rich colors are preserves beautifully. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This Disney/Buena Vista release boasts superb sound and picture quality.
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- Walt Disney Video
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Richard Farnsworth||Alvin Straight|
|Jane Galloway Heitz||Dorothy|
|Everett McGill||Tom The Dealer|
|Barbara Robertson||Derr Woman|
|Harry Dean Stanton||Lyle|
|Angelo Badalamenti||Score Composer|
|Pierre Edelman||Executive Producer|
|Jack Fisk||Production Designer|
|Pat Norris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Michael Polaire||Executive Producer|
|John F. Roach||Screenwriter|
English for the Hearing Impaired
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This is an excellent movie that provides inspiration to young and old alike. The performances are fabulous. It is a reminder of what is truly important in life - especially, family! It is a film my family and I will watch time and time again.
Behind the tenderness and the simple story, there is a characteristically dark current running through the images, music and sounds in this film, a feeling of impending darkness. It never manifests itself, but the feeling is there in the abstract, resounding like the magnificent sounds of a towering grain elevator. A constant reminder that in spite of the film's G rating, this is still a David Lynch picture, and he winks at us with subtle suggestions and imagery that will stay with you long after the film has ended. Beautifully photographed, the film displays Lynch's mastery of mood, composition and colour. His first ''road movie'', a marvel of linear storytelling, and a masterpiece. The digital transfer is beautiful, the colours are vivid, the picture is sharp, and the sounds are crystal clear. Highly recommended.
This film moves slowly, at the pace of Iowa small town living. It is a beautiful look at the relationships of life in small, rural midwest town, its depth, its caring and therefore, its quality. Folks, it's not New York City, it's the other side of the coin, but life is just as rich and meaningful. Be patient as you watch, pull out a map and find Laurens, IA and Mt. Zion, WI and know that this really is what life is like. The "home-grown actors" add a touch of reality. Note also the link with the land and the way that life mimicks the speed of crop growth. Harvest time is especially poignant and the fall beauty (those are soy beans kicking up that dust). It is also a meditation on a man in the final harvest of his own life. The land really does reflect the work of Grand Wood (see major exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum including American Gothic). This is regional literature at its best. Susan Frost, formerly of Jesup Ia.