This So-Called Disaster

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Overview

Michael Almereyda's documentary This So-Called Disaster debuts on DVD with this bare-bones release from MGM. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible, but there are no supplemental materials of any consequence.
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Overview

Michael Almereyda's documentary This So-Called Disaster debuts on DVD with this bare-bones release from MGM. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible, but there are no supplemental materials of any consequence.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Michael Almereyda's fly-on-the-wall documentary This So-Called Disaster offers nearly 90 minutes of intimate footage of some high-powered actors at work, but they are not what gives the film its worth. Although Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and Woody Harrelson all have reputations as wild men, they are across-the-board professional throughout the proceedings. This is because they, like Almereyda, are obviously in awe of the play's writer and director, Sam Shepard. The best moments in the film take place away from the rehearsals when Shepard, alone on a chair on a porch, reveals the autobiographical facts about his relationship with his father. This often painful history has provided the raw material from which Shepard has fashioned plays that have made him arguably the most successful America playwright of his time. To hear him speak about these facts is engaging, but the majority of the film takes place while the actors are working with Shepard and each other. Seeing how they hone their performances in order to wring every nuance from the script is fascinating for anyone with an interest in the acting process, but those looking for reality-TV tension between the performers will be disappointed. This So-Called Disaster is a respectful film that will appeal to those with an interest in Shepard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2004
  • UPC: 027616919588
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,154

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Michael Almereyda Director
Michael Lasciak Director
Antonio Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
Holly Becker Executive Producer
Andrew Black Cinematographer
Callum Greene Producer
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Anthony Katagas Producer
Adam Keker Cinematographer
Michael McDonough Cinematographer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
David S. Silberberg Sound/Sound Designer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Kate Williams Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Father Figure [8:35]
2. Act I - In the Desert [2:46]
3. Act II - Taxi for Mr. Moss [3:49]
4. Script Revisions [4:19]
5. Act III - Admittedly Dead [3:47]
6. On Becoming an Actor [5:08]
7. A Shepard History [1:46]
8. Playing Dead [5:05]
9. "Your Story?" [3:13]
10. Cutting, Speeding [6:49]
11. "Atmospheric" Music [3:32]
12. Talking to the Actor [4:09]
13. Early Theater Days [3:29]
14. How Far to Shove [2:54]
15. Lighting Design [6:21]
16. Run-Through [3:11]
17. The Comanche Joke [5:07]
18. The Madman's Last Days [6:30]
19. Opening Night [4:13]
20. End Credits [3:10]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Trailers
      MGM Means Great Movies
      Intermission
      Lost Junction
      The Saddest Music in the World
      The Ranch
      De-Lovely
      More Great MGM Releases
         The Indian Runner
         Dead Man Walking
         Kingpin
         Cherry 2000
         Good Boy
         Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers
         Bowling for Columbine
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Poorly Edited, Self Indulgent, and Prosaic

    Banal, poorly edited and narcissistic. A very poor documentary that relies on the "star power" of its characters. Don't waste your money on this execrable film.

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