The Whales of August

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Starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, Lindsay Anderson's 1987 drama The Whales of August comes to DVD from MGM with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack in English. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. There are no special features to speak of, but this is still a fine release of a well-received film.
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Starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, Lindsay Anderson's 1987 drama The Whales of August comes to DVD from MGM with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack in English. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. There are no special features to speak of, but this is still a fine release of a well-received film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; English: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Whales of August is the cinematic equivalent of a handmade but very old and worn family quilt. It's full of memories, it gives one an initial warmth and fuzziness, but tiny little stray threads can rub against the skin and cause discomfort. Fortunately for viewers, the discomfort affects the characters in Whales, rather than the audience, which is likely to simply revel in the rare opportunity to watch two genuine screen legends along with two other exceptional veterans of Hollywood's Golden Age share the screen in the late autumn of their years. Those expecting either a display of fireworks from the explosive talent onscreen may be disappointed, for Whales is a gentle and quiet film; it has drama and tension, but it's of an everyday kind. It inspires sighs of admiration and satisfaction, as well as a slight sense of melancholy, resulting in a surprisingly peaceful feeling in the viewer by film's end. Bette Davis, true both to form and to the character she plays, has a number of moments when she makes power plays and sends down pronouncements from on high; but this actress, who can easily be an overwhelming force of nature, is kept in check by Lindsay Anderson's measured, purposeful direction. Lillian Gish uses her innate guileless ability to keep in step with Davis and to even come out slightly on top; her performance is remarkably natural and effortless and totally winning. Ann Sothern's work is simply lovely, scoring at every possible opportunity, and Vincent Price's sweet performance makes one regret that this talented actor did not have more opportunities to demonstrate his range. Some will find Whales a bit too placid for their tastes, but even they will probably enjoy the work of its cast.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 027616896636
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Libby Strong
Lillian Gish Sarah Webber
Vincent Price Mr. Nikolai Maranov
Ann Sothern Tisha Doughty
Harry Carey Jr. Joshua Brackett
Frank Grimes Mr. Beckwith
Frank Pitkin Old Randall
Mike Bush Young Randall
Margaret Ladd Young Libby
Tisha Sterling Young Tisha Doughty
Mary Steenburgen Young Sarah
Technical Credits
Lindsay Anderson Director
David Berry Screenwriter
Stuart M. Besser Associate Producer
Dixie J. Capp Production Designer
Matthew J. Clark Asst. Director
Rudy Dillon Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Fash Cinematographer
Bob Fox Art Director
K.C. Fox Art Director
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Shep Gordon Executive Producer, Producer
Jocelyn Herbert Production Designer
Julie Hewett Makeup
Sosie Hublitz Set Decoration/Design
Michael J. Kaplan Producer
Mike Kaplan Producer
Carolyn Pfeiffer Producer
Alan Price Score Composer
Donald Summer Sound/Sound Designer
Toni Trimble Makeup
Derek Wadsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Long Ago [4:06]
2. "Busy, Busy, Busy" [7:39]
3. Taking Good Care [6:22]
4. "Happy Fishing" [2:12]
5. A Dying Bloom [4:03]
6. The Support of Friends [11:06]
7. Age-Old Flirting [10:02]
8. Rememebering the Past [6:22]
9. The Dinner Guest [7:14]
10. The Noble Russian [9:09]
11. To Passion and Truth [4:53]
12. A Bad Dream [2:12]
13. Hair Like White Swans [3:29]
14. Fending off Realtors [4:05]
15. Sisterly Bond [3:23]
16. "See Them?"/Credits [4:27]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Long Ago [4:06]
2. "Busy, Busy, Busy" [7:39]
3. Taking Good Care [6:22]
4. "Happy Fishing" [2:12]
5. A Dying Bloom [4:03]
6. The Support of Friends [11:06]
7. Age-Old Flirting [10:02]
8. Remembering the Past [6:22]
9. The Dinner Guest [7:14]
10. The Noble Russian [9:09]
11. To Passion and Truth [4:53]
12. A Bad Dream [2:12]
13. Hair Like White Swans [3:29]
14. Fending off Realtors [4:05]
15. Sisterly Bond [3:23]
16. "See Them?"/Credits [4:28]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
Side #2 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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