The Golden Bowl

The Golden Bowl

Uma Thurman
Director: James Ivory Cast: Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
, Jeremy Northam
Jeremy Northam
, Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
James Ivory

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Nick Nolte, Kate Beckinsale, and Uma Thurman star in the dramatic Merchant/Ivory production The Golden Bowl. Lion's Gate has done an only passable job on this 2.35:1 non-anamorphic transfer. The picture often sports a harsh amount of edge enhancement, as well as a lack of sharpness and texture in the images. The color schemes and black levels all look evenly rendered, though lack some of the detail that should be present on a recent DVD release. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, though since this is a dialogue-driven drama, it's not surprising to find the bulk of this soundtrack limited to the front speakers only. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are all free of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc is a Dolby 2.0 soundtrack as well as English and Spanish subtitles. The only extra feature available on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film, disappointing those who heard the rumors that there would be a "production commentary" originally available on this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
UPC: 0031398783428
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:11:00

Special Features

Widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Trailer; English & Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene access

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Uma Thurman Charlotte Stant
Jeremy Northam Prince Amerigo
Kate Beckinsale Maggie Verver
Nick Nolte Adam Verver
Anjelica Huston Fanny Assingham
James Fox Bob Assingham
Madeleine Potter Lady Castledan
Peter Eyre Jarvis

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Richard Hawley Executive Producer
John David Allen Editor
Paul Bradley Executive Producer
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Ismail Merchant Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Andrew Sanders Production Designer
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Celestia Fox Casting
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Granier-Deferre Asst. Director
Lucy Richardson Art Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Henry James Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Caught [6:40]
2. Talking Through Your Hat [3:13]
3. Fresh Start [4:49]
4. Plans [3:06]
5. Keeping Company [6:57]
6. Intentions [3:04]
7. In Her Own Right [6:30]
8. Everything Comes Back [4:33]
9. You Must Go [2:43]
10. Good Fun [4:19]
11. Good Night [4:00]
12. Detour Home [4:29]
13. Husband & Wife [2:49]
14. Visions [5:02]
15. Two Ideal Husbands [3:01]
16. Stones to Throw [5:07]
17. Perfect Agreement [3:31]
18. For Love [4:45]
19. Tombs [5:02]
20. If Has a Flaw [4:33]
21. A Perfect Fake [4:06]
22. Who to Shield [4:46]
23. The Lover [4:38]
24. Steady & True [2:39]
25. The Card Game [3:45]
26. Stifling [3:33]
27. Selfish Motives [3:02]
28. Egos [4:42]
29. One More Lie [7:29]
30. Credits [2:59]

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The Golden Bowl 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the finest of all Merchant/Ivory adaptations of the novels by Henry James. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has brilliantly developed the screenplay which splendidly defines the major themes and narrative concerns of the complex novel. This is not 'entertainment' for the simple-minded, but a feast for those whose consciousness demands serious visual/literary engagement. Truly, the term 'masterpiece' applies here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the whole thing was awful. I just finished watching it actually and came directly to my computer to type a review. At least rent it before deciding to buy it. The story line seemed filled with potential but was made to be very drawn out and easily predicted. The acting, I'm so sorry, was just awful. The ending was a great disappointment. Maybe it might be of quality for others, but I was very disappointed.