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Who's That Knocking at My Door?
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Who's That Knocking at My Door?

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Zina Bethune, Harvey Keitel, Lennard Kuras

 

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Martin Scorsese's first feature film makes its long-awaited debut on DVD with this edition from Warner Home Entertainment. Who's That Knocking at My Door has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono;

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Martin Scorsese's first feature film makes its long-awaited debut on DVD with this edition from Warner Home Entertainment. Who's That Knocking at My Door has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. As a bonus, this release includes a commentary track from Scorsese and his assistant Mardik Martin, as well as a look at the making of the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Who's That Knocking at My Door? opens with Catherine Scorsese baking a pork calzone. A pop tune plays loudly on the soundtrack, while outside her apartment a fistfight suddenly breaks out. If ever there were a case of a director laying out his emotional and visual territory in his first feature film, this is it. Martin Scorsese's first feature-length film, which was filmed off and on for a period of five years, features Catholic guilt, sexual repression, guys hanging out, unexpected violence and, in its very first scene, Scorsese's mother cooking. These are the elements that would, in one form or another, appear in practically all of the director's future work. Not only were the themes to become familiar, but the film-making technique employed in Who's That Knocking at My Door? would become Scorsese's signature style. Pop tunes on the soundtrack, a restless camera, New York location shooting, and editing rhythms borrowed from the French New Wave are all present here as they would be throughout his career. Harvey Keitel, for all practical purposes in his first film, reveals his character's internal conflict with an economy of words, a skill that would become his specialty. His superb work in films as varied as Fingers, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Bad Lieutenant can be traced directly to this debut performance. In the scene where he picks up "The Girl," he displays the charm that viewers would see again in Smoke and The Piano. It is a rare privilege to see two great artists collaborate on their first work. If for no other reason, Who's That Knocking at My Door? holds a secure place in film history for being exactly that.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0085391912828
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Commentary by Martin Scorsese and directorial assistant Mardik Martin; "From the Classroom to the Streets: The Making of 'Who's That Knocking at My Door'"; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zina Bethune Young Girl
Harvey Keitel J.R.
Lennard Kuras Joey
Ann Colette Young Girl in Dream
Michael Scala Sally
Harry Northrup Hany
Phil Carlson Guide
Paul de Blonde Waiter
Saskia Holleman Dream Girl
Maelssa Jaffrey Rosie
Vic Magnotta Waiter
Marieka Dream Girl
Bill Minkin Iggy/Radio Announcer
Wendy Russell Gaga's Small Friend
Catherine Scorsese J.R.'s Mother
Martin Scorsese Gangster
Robert Uricola Anned Young Man
Susan Wood Susan
Tsuai Yu-Lan Dream Girl

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Richard Coll Cinematographer
Vic Magnotta Art Director
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Michael Wadleigh Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Who's That Knocking at My Door
1. Two Gangs [2:37]
2. No Absolution Given [2:19]
3. The Girl and the Searchers [8:22]
4. Doesn't Feel like It [2:48]
5. In Between Positions [3:17]
6. Bothered [2:34]
7. On the Roof [2:26]
8. The $35 Tryst [2:00]
9. I've Had It [1:52]
10. Just Not Now [:40]
11. Guys, Guns and the Rio Bravo [5:21]
12. Fantasy Girls [1:25]
13. Copake [5:16]
14. The Rape [:46]
15. No Sense to J.R. [4:44]
16. Don't You Wanna Love Me? [:43]
17. Two Broads [6:42]
18. The Party Gets Wild [5:24]
19. Returning to Her [2:51]
20. Forgive - and Forget [4:19]
21. Act of Contrition [3:58]
22. End Credits [3:30]

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