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John Q.
     

John Q.

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Director: Nick Cassavetes

Cast: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods

 

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Whether you enjoyed John Q or found it preachy, manipulative and overly sentimental, there is no denying that New Line has released another fine DVD. The image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and is anamorphic, is nearly perfect. Nearly because while colors are very vivid, they do look a little over-saturated at times, especially reds, which are prominent at certain

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Whether you enjoyed John Q or found it preachy, manipulative and overly sentimental, there is no denying that New Line has released another fine DVD. The image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and is anamorphic, is nearly perfect. Nearly because while colors are very vivid, they do look a little over-saturated at times, especially reds, which are prominent at certain points in the film. Otherwise, it's a remarkable transfer with wonderful detail. The sound, with both 5.1 English Dolby Digital and DTS tracks, is also quite strong. Granted, it does seem to be more centered up front, without any significant use of the surround speakers, but the overall effect is still evident. This disc is another in the "Infinifilm" line, and the extras showcase how good that series can be. Just to begin with is a commentary track with director Nick Cassavetes, producer Mark Burg, writer James Kearns, actress Kimberly Elise and cinematographer Roger Stoffers. In addition there is a 35-minute documentary, "Fighting for Care" which takes a look at the state of health care in the United States. Granted, this might be a one-time thing to watch, but is obviously relevant to the picture. Also included is a shorter piece on the making of the film, which is more PR than anything, but still has some interesting comments on the making of the film. Finally, along with the theatrical trailer and press kits for the cast and crew, are six deleted and extended scenes which run around 20 minutes. As with all in this series you can watch these extras alone or while watching the "Infinifilm" version where pop-ups alert you to this additional material while watching the movie. New Line has done it again, producing a fine disc throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The often heartless injustices of corporate health care are at the forefront of this suspenseful melodrama, which packs an emotional wallop despite its occasional tendency to be shrill and didactic. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, at the top of his game, is an unemployed working-class father who seizes control of a hospital emergency room in a desperate bid to secure previously denied treatment for his seriously ill son. James Woods portrays a glib surgeon who seems to lack compassion, and Anne Heche is positively chilling as an apparently soulless administrator. The script raises serious questions that aren’t always satisfactorily answered, but in establishing the hopelessness of Washington’s situation early on, it lends plausibility to the extreme course of action he subsequently takes. The film's effectiveness, though, hinges on Washington, who brings such forceful presence to the role that one can't help but get caught up in his cause. In addition to commentaries from director Nick Cassavetes (She’s So Lovely) and practically everybody else involved in the movie (except Washington, who's seen and heard in pre-release interview footage), this exceptional DVD presentation includes two documentaries, deleted and alternate scenes, and a wealth of information on the state of health care in America today. Much of this info appears as factoids that can be accessed throughout the movie via New Line’s Infinifilm technology.
Los Angeles Times
At every turn it has the courage of its material. Kevin Thomas
San Francisco Examiner

Denzel Washington is so damn good, he's almost scary...I mean scary as in astonishing -- no, make that mesmerizing -- like some stupendous force of nature. Washington's extraordinarily precise, emotionally rich and powerfully persuasive performance blazes through the cliches and contrivances of James Kearns' blunt-spoken, heavy-handed screenplay, achieving near-miraculous levels of purity and truth. Joe Leydon

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
UPC:
0794043546822
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
2,602

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original documentary: "Fighting for Care": an in-depth look into the health care crisis stemming from an organ donor shortage; Trivia subtitle track with direct access to additional features; Commentary by director Nick Cassavetes, screenwriter James Kearns, producer Mark Burg, and director of photography Roger Stoffers; Original documentary: "Behind the Scenes of John Q"; Deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Theatrical trailer; Theatrical press kit; DVD-ROM content: ; Script-to-screen access to the film; Original website; Exclusive access to online Infinifilm features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington John Q. Archibald
Robert Duvall Frank Grimes
James Woods Dr. Raymond Turner
Kimberly Elise Denise Archibald
Daniel E. Smith Mike Archibald
Anne Heche Rebecca Payne
Ray Liotta Gus Monroe
Eddie Griffin Lester
Shawn Hatosy Mitch
Paul Johansson Tuck Lampley
David Thornton Jimmy Palumbo
Kevin Connolly Steve Maguire
Ethan Suplee Max
Heather Wahlquist Julie
Troy Beyer Miriam
Obba Babatunde Sgt. Moody
Troy Winbush Steve
Laura Elena Harring Gina Palumbo
Larissa Laskin Dr. Klein
Dina Waters Debby Utley
Martha Chaves Rosa
Keram Malicki Sanchez Actor
Scott Bloom Desk Guard
Shera Danese Shelby's Wife
Vanessa Branch Actor

Technical Credits
Nick Cassavetes Director
Dede Allen Editor
Matthew Barry Casting
Mark Burg Producer
Howard Burkons Executive Producer
Thomas Carnegie Art Director
Stefania Cella Production Designer
William M. Connor Asst. Director
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Dale de la Torre Executive Producer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Nancy Green-Keyes Casting
Mathew Hart Co-producer
Avram "Butch" Kaplan Executive Producer
James Kearns Co-producer,Screenwriter
Oren Koules Producer
Elis Lam Art Director
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Saperstein Executive Producer
Hillary Sherman Co-producer
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Clive Thomasson Set Decoration/Design
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. One Family
3. Overqualified
4. Fateful Sunday
5. Diagnosis
6. Runaround
7. A Little Help
8. "Do Something!"
9. Tension and Trauma
10. Demands
11. Chiefly Concerns
12. HMOs and Oaths
13. Payback and Releases
14. Waiting on a Miracle
15. An Open Shot
16. The Public Eye
17. "Take Mine."
18. A Last Message
19. "Let's Do It."
20. Surrender
21. Three Months Later
22. End Credits

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