The Brother from Another Planet

The Brother from Another Planet

Director: John Sayles Cast: Joe Morton, Darryl Edwards, Steve James

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The Brother from Another Planet

Corresponding with its very small budget, The Brother From Another Planet receives a very minimal DVD release. Its menu consists of a simple "Start Movie" prompt and offers no chance to access specific scenes. The disc does contain chapter cues, but they are only accessible by using the remote control during the film. While not totally surprising, the lack of even the most basic interactive menus here is disappointing. The movie appears in the basic 1.33:1 full-frame version that is only marginally superior to its VHS release. It does feature less grain than before, but the colors still lack the clarity normally associated with the DVD format. However, the fair quality is almost certainly a product of its low-budget stature, and nothing provides a major hindrance. The 5.0-channel Dolby Digital audio track is actually a pleasant surprise when compared to the video transfer. The limited effects and music move nicely across the sound field, which leads to an effective listening experience. The clarity level is not remarkable, but it still represents an impressive enhancement over the VHS release.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
UPC: 0027616886460
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by John Sayles; Featurette with John Sayles and Maggie Renzi; Casa de los Babys trailer; English: Mono; English & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Morton The Brother
Darryl Edwards Fly
Steve James Odell
Leonard Jackson Smokey
Bill Cobbs Walter
Maggie Renzi Noreen
Tom Wright Sam
Ren Woods Bernice
Reggie Rock Bythewood Rickey
John Sayles Man In Black
David Strathairn Bounty Hunter
Rosetta Le Noire Mama
Fisher Stevens Card Trickster
Josh Mostel Casio Vendor
Michael Mantell Mr. Love
Jaime Tirelli Hector
Edward Baran Mr. Vance
Caroline Aaron Randy Sue Carter
Herbert Newsome Little Earl
Dee Dee Bridgewater Malverne Davis
Sidney D. Sheriff Virgil
Copper Cunningham Black Hooker
Herb Downer Floor Buffer
Alvin Alexis Willis
Rosanna Carter West Indian Woman
Randy Frazier Bouncer
Minnie Gentry Mrs. Brown
Carl Gordon Mr. Price
Leon Grant Basketball Player
John Griesemer White Cop
Ishmael Houston-Jones Dancer
Olga Merediz Noreen's Client
Ray Ramirez Hispanic Man
Pete Richardson Islamic Man
Marisa Smith White Hooker
Kim Staunton Teacher
Deborah Taylor Vance's Receptionist
Anthony Thomas Basketball Player
Ellis Williams Watcher
Ginny Yang Korean Shopkeeper
Liane Alexandra Curtis Ace

Technical Credits
John Sayles Director,Songwriter,Editor,Screenwriter
Nora Chavoosian Production Designer
Tim D'Arcy Makeup
Mason K. Daring Score Composer,Songwriter
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Lineweaver Art Director
Karen Perry Costumes/Costume Designer
Peggy Rajski Producer,Production Manager
Maggie Renzi Producer
Eric Taylor Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Rough Landing/Main Title [10:20]
2. The Pear Essentials [3:21]
3. Bars Are for Drinkin' [3:08]
4. The Unwashed Civil Servant [1:31]
5. Brother's Magic Touch [7:20]
6. Talking Up a Storm [6:47]
7. Pinball Graveyard [3:29]
8. The Immigration Squad [4:57]
9. Life in Slow Motion [3:21]
10. A Magic Card Trick [4:03]
11. Harlem by Way of Indiana [7:47]
12. A World of Girls [4:16]
13. "Nighttime Is Promise" [6:04]
14. The Morning After [3:54]
15. "Just the Facts, Ma'am" [1:17]
16. Glory Days Past [4:59]
17. Minus the Camouflage [3:23]
18. An Eye on the 'Hood [3:56]
19. Bureaucratic Avalanche [2:15]
20. Brother on a Stakeout [6:45]
21. Man-to-Alien Combat [3:00]
22. Diversified White Mountain [4:57]
23. Reeled In [5:06]
24. End Credits [3:23]

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