Tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds

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Cast: Gavin O'Connor, Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders

     
 

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The images on New Line's Tumbleweeds disc are excellent, with both anamorphic 1.85 and full-frame transfers. The film ranges from dark nights to the warm, bright California sun, and in every moment it looks wonderful. The darks are very solid and the colors come across just as well. The sound, considering this is a dialogue-driven film, is good and based moreSee more details below

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The images on New Line's Tumbleweeds disc are excellent, with both anamorphic 1.85 and full-frame transfers. The film ranges from dark nights to the warm, bright California sun, and in every moment it looks wonderful. The darks are very solid and the colors come across just as well. The sound, considering this is a dialogue-driven film, is good and based more in the front speakers. The disc does have a four-channel soundtrack, but there isn't any significant use of the surround speakers. The front-center speaker is used for most of the film and it's clear and distortion-free. English subtitles are included. New Line has rarely been known to skimp on extras, and this disc is no exception. It includes filmographies (biographies would be welcome, but are not included on most New Line titles), a trailer, and some DVD-ROM content. The highlight though is the commentary track from director Gavin O'Connor. The track is a real stream of consciousness effort as he rambles on -- in a good way -- about the making of the film and working with a small budget. This is a worthy DVD presentation of a fine film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Tumbleweeds is a triumph of three creative talents playing against type: a Brit who does a dynamite Southern accent (Janet McTeer), a 14-year-old with the acting chops of an adult (Kimberly J. Brown), and a blue-collar beefcake from any truck stop in America, who also happens to be the film's director (Gavin O'Connor). Essentially a mother-daughter road movie, a character study played out over multiple states, Tumbleweeds exceeds its modest goals due to the outstanding work of these three. McTeer was nominated for Best Actress for her note-perfect performance of a shiftless party girl with a penchant for meeting the wrong men. Despite these drawbacks, Mary Jo is also a loving mother who treats her daughter like a playmate and equal, making for a richly complex dynamic between the two. Brown perfectly captures the difficult-to-act age of a girl wavering between child and teen, and O'Connor is strong as the latest lout in their lives, not half the stereotype he could have been, and sympathetic enough to justify Mary Jo's affection for him. It's a movie that examines the tiny tremors of daily life, and does so with a familiar touch. Jay O. Sanders is also memorable as the one suitor who might actually treat them well -- a character trait that initially gets him nowhere with Mary Jo, who seems addicted to abusive relationships.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
UPC:
0794043502620
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Widescreen & full-screen versions of the film; Original theatrical trailer; Commentary by director Gavin O'Connor; Cast and crew filmographies; DVD-ROM features:"Script to Screen"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet McTeer Mary Jo Walker
Kimberly J. Brown Ava Walker
Gavin O'Connor Jack Ranson
Jay O. Sanders Dan Miller
Lois Smith Ginger
Laurel Holloman Laurie Pendleton
Michael J. Pollard Mr. Cummings
Noah Emmerich Vertis Dewey
Ashley Buccille Zoe Broussard
Cody McMains Adam Riley

Technical Credits
Gavin O'Connor Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ted Demme Executive Producer
John Gilroy Editor
Chen Harpaz Sound/Sound Designer
Bryce Eric Holtshousen Production Designer
Thomas J. Mangan Executive Producer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Mimi Maxmen Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg O'Connor Producer
Angela Shelton Screenwriter
Joel Stillerman Executive Producer
Daniel J. Stoloff Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/ "Pack Your Bags" [2:06]
2. Setting Out [2:15]
3. "True Love Never Dies" [5:14]
4. Manifest Destiny [2:35]
5. Roadside Attraction [3:33]
6. Blinky Gone [3:45]
7. Que Sera Sera [2:23]
8. Starlight Beach [3:37]
9. A Job Interview for Mary Jo [5:55]
10. A Wild Night Out [3:29]
11. Ava's Birthday [4:04]
12. Shakespeare [4:13]
13. An Escape Route [2:22]
14. A Day at the Beach [2:24]
15. Life With Jack [4:04]
16. "I Quit!" [4:07]
17. A Normal Family [3:43]
18. The Nursery [3:01]
19. "How Do I Look?" [1:45]
20. How to Kiss [4:26]
21. Dinner Out [4:21]
22. "I'm Not Going!" [2:09]
23. "Ava Ran Away!" [2:59]
24. Dan's Story [6:33]
25. "Time to Stick Around" [2:55]
26. A New Lease [3:13]
27. Ava Plays Romeo [2:42]
28. A Visit From Auntie Rose [2:40]
29. A New Life [1:10]
30. End Credits [4:37]

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