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Alex Cox's Walker, an audacious and bitterly funny fusion of political satire and historical epic, was savaged by many puzzled critics upon its initial release in 1987, but the film's partisans finally get their day in the sun with this DVD release of the movie from the Criterion Collection, which allows it to be seen to its full advantage for the first time since its poorly handled theatrical release. Walker has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic playback ...
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Overview

Alex Cox's Walker, an audacious and bitterly funny fusion of political satire and historical epic, was savaged by many puzzled critics upon its initial release in 1987, but the film's partisans finally get their day in the sun with this DVD release of the movie from the Criterion Collection, which allows it to be seen to its full advantage for the first time since its poorly handled theatrical release. Walker has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors; director Cox approved the transfer, and it certainly makes the most of David Bridges' richly dramatic camerawork. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the multi-layered sound mix is well served in this edition, especially Joe Strummer's musical score. The dialogue is primarily in English, with no multiple language options, though optional English subtitles are included. As is their custom, Criterion have included a variety of relevant bonus materials, including "Dispatches from Nicaragua," a fascinating documentary on the making of the film which combines behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with the cast and crew, and observations from Nicaraguans observing this recreation of their history. Also featured are "On Moviemaking and the Revolution," a spoken-word piece in which a bit player in the movie talks about both radical cinema and the presence of a film crew in Nicaragua; an extensive portfolio of still photos taken during Walker's production; a commentary track in which Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer talk about the film, its influences, and its political stance; the original theatrical trailer; and a short subject in which Cox reads and comments upon a number of Walker's reviews. The beautifully designed booklet that accompanies this release also includes an essay on the film by Graham Fuller, an article Wurlitzer wrote to accompany the film's published screenplay, and a remembrance by actress Linda Sandoval on the challenges of shooting Walker in a nation at war. After years of languishing in obscurity, Criterion's DVD release finally gives Walker the care and exposure it deserves, and hopefully this will allow this fascinating work to be reevaluated at a time when the issues it addresses are as relevant as ever.
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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox; Audio commentary with Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer; Dispatches form Nicaragua, an original documentary, about the filming of Walker in Nicaragua; On moviemaking and the revolution, reminiscences twenty years later from an extra on the film; The immortals, behind-the-scenes photos; Cox on Walker's reviews; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • UPC: 715515028028
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,927

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Harris William Walker
Marlee Matlin Ellen Martin
Peter Boyle Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt
Blanca Guerra Yrena
Keith Szarabajka Timothy Crocker
Richard Masur Ephraim Squier
Sy Richardson Capt. Hornsby
René Auberjonois Maj. Siegfried Henningson
Xander Berkeley Bryon Cole
John Diehl Stebbins
Pedro Armendariz Jr. Munoz
Roberto Lopez Espinoza Mayorga
Gerritt Graham Norvell Walker
William O'Leary James Walker
Alan Bolt Don Domingo
Miguel Sandoval Parker French
Ramon Alvarez Reporter
Alfonso Arau Raousset
Rene Assa Dr. Jones
Martin Aylett Reporter
Rick Barker Breckenridge
Sharon Barr Darlene
George Belanger Assistant Deputy
Enrique Beraza Corral
Charley Braun Bruno Van Namzer
Kathy Burke Annie Mae
Linda Callahan Mrs. Bingham
Joe Celeste Jury Foreman
David Chung Lul
Tom Collins Reporter
Luis Contreras Benito
Robert Dickman Company Man
Richard Edson Turley
Nestor Mendez Garcia Mendez
Bennet Guillory Achilles Kewen
Fox Harris District Attorney
David Hayman Father Rossiter
Raymund Kettless Reporter
Louis Mathews Priest
Frederick Neumann Wiley marshall
Ed Pansullo Maj. Angus
Edward Tudor-Pole Doubleday
Paulino Rodruguez Castellon
William Rothlein Dewey
Dick Rude Washburn
Zander Schloss Huey
Milton Selzer Judge
J.D. Silvester Huston
Jack Slater Sanders
Spider Stacy Davenport
Joe Strummer Faucet
Dexter Taylor Liverpool
Bob Tzudiker Garrison
William Utay Fry
Norbert Weisser Prange
Michele Winstanley Maid
Ren Woods Alta Kewen
Bruce Wright Anderson
Rudolph Wurlitzer Morgan
Del Zamora Padre Vigil
Richard Zobel Lemuel
Biff Yeager Max/Carpet Bagger
Technical Credits
Alex Cox Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Carlos Alvarez Producer
Rick Barker Stunts
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
David Bridges Cinematographer
Denis Crossan Cinematographer
Theda Deramus Costumes/Costume Designer
Debbie Diaz Associate Producer
Steven Fierberg Cinematographer
J. Rae Fox Production Designer
Suzie Frischette Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Marcellino Pacheco Guzman Special Effects
Angel Flores Marini Producer
Cecilia Montiel Art Director
Lorenzo O'Brien Producer
Bryce Perrin Set Decoration/Design
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer, Producer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Carlos Puente Editor
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Morag Ross Makeup
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Rafael (Felo) Ruiz Cinematographer
Jorge Sainz Art Director
Miguel Sandoval Casting
Joe Strummer Score Composer
Pam Tait Costumes/Costume Designer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director
Rudolph Wurlitzer Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walker
1. Act of God [6:10]
2. A Promise [4:50]
3. Commodore Vanderbilt's Proposal [7:55]
4. "Three Cheers for Democracy!" [6:34]
5. March for Rivas [4:58]
6. First Impressions [6:54]
7. "Now Is the Hour of My Destiny" [3:24]
8. Granada [2:40]
9. The Proper Position [5:04]
10. Treason [10:32]
11. President Walker [8:44]
12. Slavery [5:59]
13. To the Ground [8:04]
14. "We'll Be Back" [5:36]
15. "No One Will Remember Walker" [:54]
16. End Credits/Color Bars [6:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Walker
   Play
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         A Revolutionary Journey
         Extraordinary Qualities
         Extension of Democracy?
         Like Blackwater
         A Cannibal God
         Moving Master
         Roberto Lpez Espinoza
         Divine Intervention
         Mission Accomplished
         A Piece of the Action
         Anachronisms
         "All Bets Were Off"
         Strummer's Music
         In His Own Words
         No Catharsis
         Bearing Witness
   Dispatches From Nicaragua
   The Immortals
      Behind the Scenes
      Polaroids
   On Moviemaking and the Revolution
      Play
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