Welcome to the Dollhouse

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Overview

Todd Solondz's breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, production notes, and talent files. This is a fine, but less than spectacular release from ...
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Overview

Todd Solondz's breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, production notes, and talent files. This is a fine, but less than spectacular release from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered audio and video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Language: English (stereo); Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Theatrical trailer; Talent and filmographies; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
One of the most honest films ever made about adolescence, Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse is a brutal, caustically hilarious ode to the seventh ring of hell that is the seventh grade. Solondz approaches his material as a survivor: in the character of Dawn Wiener, it is easy to see the director himself, the ostracized geek used as a bottom rung by his peers as they climbed the social ladder. But rather than use his position behind the camera to craft a redemptive tale of a spunky outcast who gets revenge on her tormenters, Solondz is more interested in bleak, mundane reality. Dawn (played to perfection by Heather Matarazzo) doesn't possess the subversive intelligence or creative inclinations that usually endear social misfits to an audience; if you removed her thick glasses, there wouldn't be a beautiful swan hiding underneath, just an awkward girl who can't see. Most tellingly, Dawn doesn't want revenge on her tormenters: she wants to be accepted by them. More than anything else, junior high is about survival. If Dawn can make it to the eighth grade, she's one year closer to escape; and, in the pockmarked scheme of puberty, escape is about all you can hope for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/1999
  • UPC: 043396825697
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,616

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heather Matarazzo Dawn Wiener
Daria Kalinina Missy Wiener
Matthew Faber Mark Wiener
Angela Pietropinto Mrs. Wiener
Bill Buell Mr. Wiener
Eric Mabius Steve Rodgers
Brendan Sexton Jr. Brandon McCarthy
Brendan Sexton III Brandon McCarthy
Christina Vidal Cynthia
Victoria Davis Lolita
Will Lyman Mr. Edwards
Rica Martens Mrs. Grissom
Stacey Moseley Mary Ellen Moriarty
Technical Credits
Todd Solondz Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Susan Block Production Designer
Chad Braden Asst. Director
Avery S. Brandon Set Decoration/Design
Randy Drummond Cinematographer
Ann Goulder Casting
Jason Kliot Associate Producer
Alan Oxman Editor
Dan Partland Co-producer
Ted Skillman Co-producer
Lori Solondz Art Director
Gabor Szitanyi Cinematographer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Joana Vicente Associate Producer
Jill Wisoff Score Composer
Alex Wolfe Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Start [1:49]
2. Dawn Wiener [2:07]
3. Troy [4:58]
4. Trapped by Lolita [1:55]
5. Detention [4:37]
6. "Sweet Candy" [2:04]
7. Dignity [:45]
8. Stranger Danger [2:38]
9. Dawn Meets Steve [5:38]
10. Ginger [1:55]
11. A Love-Struck Hostess [5:15]
12. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" [3:31]
13. 3 PM Warning [2:34]
14. Party Plans [3:25]
15. Love Among the Ruins [4:42]
16. Steve's Photos [3:03]
17. Cookie's Cookie [1:33]
18. "Lost in Your Eyes" [2:43]
19. "Happy Anniversary" [2:01]
20. Looking for Steve [1:52]
21. Tape Review [4:15]
22. A Note for Missy [3:06]
23. Breakfast With Police [2:09]
24. At Brandon's House [5:08]
25. "They Found Her Tutu." [1:48]
26. Sister Search [4:19]
27. Expressing Her Thanks [3:13]
28. "The Hummingbird Anthem" [4:06]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Start [1:49]
2. Dawn Wiener [2:07]
3. Troy [4:58]
4. Trapped by Lolita [1:55]
5. Detention [4:37]
6. "Sweet Candy" [2:04]
7. Dignity [:45]
8. Stranger Danger [2:38]
9. Dawn Meets Steve [5:38]
10. Ginger [1:55]
11. A Love-Struck Hostess [5:15]
12. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" [3:31]
13. 3 PM Warning [2:34]
14. Party Plans [3:25]
15. Love Among the Ruins [4:42]
16. Steve's Photos [3:03]
17. Cookie's Cookie [1:33]
18. "Lost in Your Eyes" [2:43]
19. "Happy Anniversary" [2:01]
20. Looking for Steve [1:52]
21. Tape Review [4:15]
22. A Note for Missy [3:06]
23. Breakfast With Police [2:09]
24. At Brandon's House [5:08]
25. "They Found Her Tutu." [1:48]
26. Sister Search [4:19]
27. Expressing Her Thanks [3:13]
28. "The Hummingbird Anthem" [4:06]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
   Talent/Filmographies
      Todd Solondz
      Heather Matarazzo
      Brendan Sexton, Jr.
   Scene Selections
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
   Talent/Filmographies
      Todd Solondz
      Heather Matarazzo
      Brendan Sexton, Jr.
   Scene Selections
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAIZING

    HANDS DOWN THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER! IT IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN!! AND TRUST ME I HAVE SEEN ALOT OF MOVIES!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting

    I think this movie is more of a fun type, I mean one to watch if you've had a bad day or if you just want a bit of a laugh.

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