ElephantDirector: Gus Van Sant
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Gus Van Sant's Palme d'Or-winning drama about a school shooting, Elephant, will probably be seen by more people on this DVD than saw it in the theater. The film is presented in two transfers. The standard full-frame transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and is preferable to the widescreen image. The carefully constructed English soundtrack is rendered in DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French soundtracks are included as well. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a 12-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that offers no insight into the making of the film, but does offer candid looks at the nonprofessional actors as they worked on the film. The original theatrical trailer, and a promotional spot for HBO Pictures rounds out this solid release.
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- Hbo Home Video
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- [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Timothy Bottoms||Mr. McFarland|
|Matt Malloy||Mr. Luce|
|Ellis Williams||GSA Teacher|
|Gus Van Sant||Director,Editor,Screenwriter|
|Felix Andrew||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Benjamin Hayden||Art Director|
|Jay Hernandez||Associate Producer|
|Jay Hernandez||Associate Producer|
|Diane Keaton||Executive Producer|
|J.T. Leroy||Associate Producer|
|Bill Robinson||Executive Producer|
|Leslie Shatz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dany Wolf||Asst. Director,Producer|
1. Parental Guidance [1:25]
2. Signing Out [6:39]
3. Compassion [3:08]
4. Too Young [3:01]
5. Unseen or Ignored [4:43]
6. Alone, in a Darkroom [1:02]
7. Never Good Enough [2:55]
8. Mixed Signals [2:20]
9. Influence [9:13]
10. Final Details [4:29]
11. Ruthless [6:48]
12. Wake-Up Call [3:09]
13. No Way Out [4:36]
Full Frame (4:3)
Audio: English DTS
Audio: English 5.1
Audio: English 2.0
Audio: Spanish Mono
Audio: French Mono
Subtitles: Subtitles Off
Side #2 -- Widescreen
On the Set of the Film "Elephant": Rolling Through Time
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Elephant is the best movie i have ever seen. I can't recommend this film for everyone, because it requires an open mind and an appreciation for creative art. Van Sant has far surpassed his other films with this artistic masterpiece. This movie is beautiful in a truly poetic way, and far different from any film i have ever seen. Watching this movie is not a cinematic experience at all, but an experience that is all too real.
i'm sure you know of the controversial subject that is school shootings and what not. its the main theme in the film from the director who did good will hunting. when you watch this i'm letting you know now that it starts off slow and there are long takes with characters walking around and mostly improv dialogue so you can tell that some or most of the acting is fake. maybe because most of the people in the film aren't really professionals. this film seemed and had a look to it that's like real and creepy at the same time. at times it seems a little ridiculous and sad. watch the film at least once to see what i mean or you can be the judge yourself. beware for some intense moments near the end. you could probably relate to at least one character when you were in high school. i'm not saying its the most amazing movie ever but its a movie though deals with real life fears. so watch with an open mind or don't watch at all. interesting title though and the camera shots were nice.
This movie is terrible. It is trying way too hard to be an indie film. You have to sit through about 30 minutes of people walking down hallways. I would reccomend you watch it if you want a good laugh at how bad it is. It's like a modern day Plan 9 From Outerspace.
This was a great movie. I just saw it and I want to see it again. It really makes you think.
This was an incredible movie that was well told. I think the acting could have been improved but other than that it was a good movie.
This movie is horrible. This movie being an independent film, I understand that long akward pauses are to be expected. But I could not stand the fact that Gus van Sant thought it neccesary to include scene after scene of people just walking. I fast forwarded through half the movie! The ending was horribly executed if you can call that sorry excuse for an ending an ending at all. It was extremely boring and the only reason why I thought about the movie after it was over was because it was so bad and I kept on wondering how Gus Van sant could come out with such a disaster of a movie. There was no character development whatsoever. I felt no sorrow for any one who died and I am usually a compassionate person. I bought this DVD with high expectations but trust me when I saw I was extremely dissapointed.
This movie is amazing though movie snobs may not find it to their likeing bacause it may not be experimental and groundbreaking enough,in a way normal people would say its wired. It is in fact a very inovative and moving film. It also leaves YOU in suspense and doesnt allow you quick satisfaction, like so many with short attention spands feel is needed today, like those movie snobs, This is a great movie SEE IT!!!!
I thought that this movie was incredible. After I saw I could not sleep. It really made me wonder "what if it happened to me?". The movie took a while before it got to the main event. The actors could of been a lot better. This lets you see everything through different peoples eyes. This movie also surpises you with every seen.
Van Sant's interpretation of violence in schools is quite illuminating--the connections between the Columbine shooting and the film are implied in such a way that an English teacher of mine says "it is an artistic documentary more than it is art." Best of all, Van Sant offers no explanation or scapegoat for the tragedies school shootings are. Gus Van Sant offers a truly convincing visual effect, using long continuous shots with few (if any) instances of multiple camera angles in a single shot. As each scene is replayed from the perspective of another character, more is revealed about the realities of high schools. Yes, the film moves slowly--and tensions build into the point of frenzy. Yet, climactic action is executed with complete calm. Then, almost before it began, it is over. Van Sant is careful not to cross the line between tasteful representation and immortalization of tragedy and fictionalized, desensitizing horror.