Timecode
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Timecode

Director: Mike Figgis

Cast: Mike Figgis, Xander Berkeley, Golden Brooks, Saffron Burrows

     
 
This innovative DVD release of Timecode mirrors the creative nature of this unique film. It contains two versions of the movie: the original theatrical release (version 15) and the first complete take of the film (version one). These two variations are extremely different from each other, with adjusted story lines and performances. Director Mike Figgis does a

Overview

This innovative DVD release of Timecode mirrors the creative nature of this unique film. It contains two versions of the movie: the original theatrical release (version 15) and the first complete take of the film (version one). These two variations are extremely different from each other, with adjusted story lines and performances. Director Mike Figgis does a feature-length commentary for each one, and both contain plenty of compelling insight. A highlight of this disc is the option of becoming the editor and controlling the sound levels in each square of the frame. The more compelling characters can be focused on, providing for repeated but different viewings. This DVD also includes a 19-minute video diary from Figgis that differs from the usual promotional featurettes, instead offering plenty of background information on his ideas and approach to the film. Also included are several nice DVD-ROM features, including Figgis' shooting score and links to the official web site. Timecode is presented in a full-frame 1.33:1 transfer to offer viewers easier access to each square. Even with this modification, watching this film on a small television will be difficult. This transfer looks excellent, especially for material shot on digital cameras. The 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio track does a remarkable job of separating the sounds that spring from each portion of the frame. Unfortunately, version one only comes in a Dolby Surround 2.0 transfer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An audacious experiment in real-time storytelling conducted by innovative director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), Timecode utilizes a talented ensemble cast in its full-scale assault on the conventions of cinematic narrative. The 97-minute story, shot with digital video cameras, consists of four sequences -- concurrently filmed without any breaks -- displayed on screen as equal quadrants. Nearly two-dozen principal players interact during the hour and a half, which unfolds in and around Hollywood. Aspiring bisexual actress Salma Hayek is having an affair with studio executive Stellan Skarsgaard; her jealous lesbian lover, businesswoman Jeanne Tripplehorn, suspects that something's up and determines to take action. Saffron Burrows appears as Skarsgaard's devastated wife, and Holly Hunter, Kyle MacLachlan, Steven Weber, Glenne Headly, Julian Sands, and Leslie Mann show up variously as actors, directors, and executives. Impeccably directed around improvised dialogue, Timecode is basically a soap opera, but one that's dazzling in its technical virtuosity.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Almost by default, Mike Figgis' audacious experiment with the powers of digital video is one of the director's better efforts. The design of the film -- four continuous takes, onscreen at once -- virtually guarantees that something interesting will be happening at least 25% of the time. At its best, there's too much to absorb in one sitting. Figgis' choice of improvisers, however, proves to be a mixed bag. Stellan Skarsgård and Holly Hunter shine in scenes which require them to be honest, sardonic, and even tragic; Julian Sands and Salma Hayek, meanwhile, show a heretofore unseen comic side. On the other hand, femme fatales Jeanne Tripplehorn and Saffron Burrows essentially twiddle their thumbs for much of the film and overact when they get the opportunity to say or do anything. For all its claims of "invention," Timecode is actually conventionally engrossing: with its simplistic plot -- involving infidelity and insensitivity at a slick Hollywood production company -- the overall result is like watching a juicy soap opera through four grainy surveillance cameras.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2000
UPC:
0043396056084
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and video; Version 15 [theatrical release] presented in full-screen [rated R]; English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Director's commentary for version 15; Interactive featurette: Mike Figgis' Video Diary; Interactive audio mix option for version 15; Full-length unrated version one of "Time Code" in English [Stereo] with director's commentary; DVD-ROM features: ; Mike Figgis' Shooting Score;; The Red Mullet;; Link to othe official "Time Code" website; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Xander Berkeley Evan Watz
Golden Brooks Onyx Richardson
Saffron Burrows Emma
Viveka Davis Victoria Cohen
Richard Edson Lester Moore
Salma Hayek Rose
Holly Hunter Executive
Kyle MacLachlan Scott "Bunny" Drysdale
Leslie Mann Cherine
Stellan Skarsgård Alex Green
Jeanne Tripplehorn Lauren Hathaway
Aimee Graham Sikh Nurse
Glenne Headly Therapist
Andrew Heckler Auditioning Actor
Holly Houston Alex's Assistant
Danny Huston Randy
Daphna Kaster Auditioning Actor
Patrick Kearney Drug House Owner
Elizabeth Low Penny
Mía Maestro Ana Pauls
Laurie Metcalf Dava Adair
Suzy Nakamura Connie Ling
Alessandro Nivola Joey Z
Zuleikha Robinson Lester's Assistant
Julian Sands Quentin
Steven Weber Darren Fetzer

Technical Credits
Mike Figgis Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Dustin Bernard Producer
Donna Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Cucchiari Cinematographer
Phil Dupont Asst. Director
Jennifer Gentile Set Decoration/Design
Louise Hammar Musical Direction/Supervision
Rob Janiger Sound/Sound Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Charlotte Malmlof Production Designer
Gary Scott Marcus Asst. Director,Producer
Anthony Marinelli Score Composer
James Wharton O'Keefe Cinematographer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Annie Stewart Producer
Patrick Alexander Stewart Cinematographer
Jonathan Watson Asst. Director
Greg Zekowski Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Genesis
2. The Score
3. Improv
5. Camera Dance
6. Earthquakes
7. Murder
8. Epilogue
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [2:18]
2. Premonition [1:54]
3. "Veni, Vidi, Vici." [1:11]
4. Tremor [:51]
5. Exasperation [:09]
6. The Teen Market [:15]
7. Respect [1:07]
8. Working Things Out [:57]
9. Aftershock [:15]
10. Comfort [3:03]
11. Confirmation [4:16]
12. Single [5:43]
13. The Pitch [1:01]
14. Montage [:15]
15. Silence [2:54]

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