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Urbania
     

Urbania

Director: Jon Shear,

Cast: Dan Futterman, Alan Cumming, Matt Keeslar

 
Jon Shear's Urbania comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, a trailer, featurettes, and deleted

Overview

Jon Shear's Urbania comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, a trailer, featurettes, and deleted scenes. This is a rock-solid release from Trimark, who should be applauded for taking this much care with a relatively obscure title.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Non-linear surrealism and narrative filmmaking can sometimes be a deadly combination, but not in this arresting, visually assured debut from Jon Shear. A hypnotic trip through one man's discovery of the bizarre rhythms of New York City, where boundaries of reality and myth blend into each other, Urbania is very close in style and composition to Atom Egoyan's stunning 1995 film Exotica but with a mystique all its own. The film gives true meaning to the phrase "independent cinema," as it feels like almost nothing before it. Dan Futterman excels in a difficult lead role, as he must take his character through a potentially self-destructive odyssey while retaining the audience's sympathy; he's backed by a gifted cast that makes the most of their minimal screen time. Urbania loses some momentum as it grows nearer its foreshadowed conclusion, but the execution remains original and inventive. Winner of Best Film honors from several U.S. gay and lesbian film festivals, and an official selection for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Urbania bears the distinction of being only the second film after Star Wars: Episode I to make use of that film's revolutionary all-digital post-production techniques.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0031398761020
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Production commentary track; Deleted scenes; Trailer; Scene access; Interactive menus; English, French & Spanish subtitles; Featurettes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Futterman Charlie
Alan Cumming Brett
Matt Keeslar Chris
Josh Hamilton Matt
Lothaire Bluteau Bill
Bill Sage Chuck
Barbara Sukowa Clara
Paige Turco Cassandra
Megan Dodds Deede
Gabriel Olds Ron
Samuel Ball Dean

Technical Credits
Jon Shear Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jordan Beswick Casting
Randolph K. Bricker Editor
Michael Escott Executive Producer
David Falzone Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Filerman Executive Producer
Stephen Flick Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Lorraine Godfrey Makeup
Stephanie Golden Producer
Ross Guidici Consultant/advisor
J. Todd Harris Producer
Douglas Hunter Co-producer
Ken Ishii Sound Mixer
Shane F. Kelly Cinematographer
Jourdan E. Krauss Associate Producer
Ed Marx Editor
David Matwijkow Costumes/Costume Designer
Karyl Newman Production Designer
Jeffrey Perkins Sound Mixer
Meta Puttkammer Co-producer
Daniel Reitz Screenwriter
Marc Anthony Thompson Score Composer
Michele Wernick Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Scene Index.
1. Main credits. [1:48]
2. Listen. [2:56]
3. Kidney. [3:59]
4. Wrong number. [4:25]
5. Saving time. [5:49]
6. Distraction. [2:36]
7. Needs. [3:37]
8. Brett. [6:11]
9. Over. [4:44]
10. Toothbrush. [4:09]
11. Third time. [3:14]
12. Dangerous. [3:33]
13. Sports. [6:06]
14. Truth. [8:10]
15. Story. [4:46]
16. Friends. [3:21]
17. Underneath. [5:18]
18. Outside. [3:43]
19. White. [4:45]
20. Blood. [3:47]
21. Low. [3:21]
22. Healing process. [5:49]
23. Street. [5:08]
24. End credits. [3:36]

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