Straight Story

The Straight Story

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Director: David Lynch, Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz

Cast: 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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The real-life odyssey of an Iowa farmer inspired this warm and gentle 1999 drama -- a love letter to America's heartland directed with uncharacteristic subtlety by maverick filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks). The late Richard Farnsworth, erstwhile movie stuntman and dependable character actor, brings quiet dignity to the role of Alvin Straight, an ailing 73-year-old determined to reconcile with his estranged brother (Harry Dean Stanton). Having lost his driver's license, Straight undertakes the 300-mile journey to his sibling's Wisconsin home via lawnmower, alternately helping and being helped by various people along the way. This spare, episodic tale is staged with deceptive simplicity by Lynch, who brings a Norman Rockwell sensibility to his scene compositions and coaxes relaxed, understated performances from his actors. Not unlike a Frank Capra film (but minus the hokum), The Straight Story paints a benign portrait of rural and small-town America that reaffirms our belief in the essential decency of our neighbors.
All Movie Guide
A G-rated, Disney-produced, family-friendly film from David Lynch seemed like a fairly questionable prospect at the time, but The Straight Story turned out to be the perfect choice for the director, allowing him to extricate himself from the nihilist-cool corner into which he'd been painted and make one of his best films in the process. Though a departure in many respects, the film also has a lot more in common with Lynch's past work than might be immediately apparent. For those who had accused Lynch of merely presenting freak shows against the backdrop of apple pie America, The Straight Story serves as a reminder that he generally sympathized with the freaks, even if he maintained a taste for apple pie. Richard Farnsworth's character embodies both aspects, a sweet patriarch whose dogged singlemindedness makes him a freak, his peculiar vehicle of choice and willingness to provide commentary causing nearly everyone he encounters to reevaluate the current status of their lives. The generous slowness of Lynch's pacing nicely matches the subtlety of Farnsworth's performance, one of hidden depths only revealed when allowed time and concentration. As with the lead, so it is with the movie, a heartfelt testament to the importance of family values -- with none of the judgmental politics usually attached to that phrase.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
UPC:
0717951010117
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
18,926

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; 5.1 surround; Widescreen [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Farnsworth Alvin Straight
Sissy Spacek Rose
Jane Galloway Heitz Dorothy
Everett McGill Tom The Dealer
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes Brenda
Barbara Robertson Derr Woman
John Farley Thorvald
John Lordan Priest
Harry Dean Stanton Lyle

Technical Credits
David Lynch Director
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Pierre Edelman Executive Producer
Jack Fisk Production Designer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Polaire Executive Producer
John F. Roach Screenwriter
Alain Sarde Producer
Mary Sweeney Editor,Producer,Screenwriter

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The Straight Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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