The Shipping News

The Shipping News

Director: Lasse Hallström Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett
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The Shipping News

Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett star in the seething drama The Shipping News. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by Miramax is a solid effort filled with sharp colors and dark black levels. While the movie itself doesn't include many bursting colors (mostly muted whites and grays), overall, this is a very pleasing transfer with only a slight amount of edge enhancement present in the image. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French. This film is mainly a dialogue-driven drama, and as such, doesn't feature tons of directional effects or sounds. While a few effects do pop up in the rear speakers from time to time, overall this is subtle mix that sports no hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features available on The Shipping News include an informative and insightful commentary from director Lasse Hallstrom, screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, and producers Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Leslie Holleran. Also included is a short and rather boring featurette about the making of the film titled "Dive Beneath the Surface of The Shipping News," a few photo galleries from the film and its production ("Behind the Scenes," "Portraits," "Scenic Views"), and some sneak peeks at a batch of Miramax releases (though the trailer for The Shipping News is conspicuously missing).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2002
UPC: 0786936165470
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Dive Beneath the Surface of The Shipping News"; Feature commentary track with director Lasse Hallström, screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, and producers Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Leslie Holleran; Photo archive; French-language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Quoyle
Julianne Moore Wavey
Cate Blanchett Petal Bear
Judi Dench Agnis Hamm
Pete Postlethwaite Tert Card
Scott Glenn Jack Buggit
Rhys Ifans Beaufield Nutbeem
Gordon Pinsent Billy Pretty
Jason Behr Dennis Buggit
Larry Pine Bayonet Melville
Jeanetta Arnette Silver Melville
Robert Joy EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer Bunny
Kaitlyn Gainer Bunny
Lauren Gainer Bunny
John Dunsworth Guy Quoyle
Will McAllister Herry Prowse
Marc Lawrence Cousin Nolan
Nancy Beatty Mavis Bangs

Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Stephen P. Dunn Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Goldstein Knowlton Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Leslie Holleran Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Kirchberger Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Diana Pokorny Co-producer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
E. Annie Proulx Source Author
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Peter Rogness Art Director
Karen Schulz-Gropman Art Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
Randy Spendlove Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Neil Trifunovich Special Effects Supervisor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Irwin Winkler Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Enduring Failure
2. "Not Much of a Life"
3. "A Really Bad Time"
4. "The House Is Sad"
5. Applying for a Job
6. Accidents and Headlines
7. Sensitive People
8. Hitler's Yacht
9. "Lumbering Idiot Stuns Crowd"
10. Strange Friends
11. Discovering a Dismal Past
12. Fighting Over a Story
13. A Proper Boat?
14. The Ghost's Secret
15. A Regrettable Celebration
16. A Liberating Storm
17. Breaking the Curse
18. End Credits

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The Shipping News 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheEerieCoterie More than 1 year ago
The Eerie Coterie is more than just Horror movies and books; deep down Horror means more than slasher films, ghosts, demonic rituals and ramshackle houses filled with psychically gifted creatures. It is the everyday that can creep up on you and freak you out. The Shipping News is a literate film, if there is such a term, but deep down it is composed of all the things that make up a Horror story. It has tragedy and sorrow, and is set in a run down old house out in newfoundland where the main character's daughter "sees things". It is a tale about family and trying to reconnect after the loss of Quoyle's (the main character) wife. This is The Nobody's 2nd favorite film (non-horror) and is such a visually impactful, perfectly acted and surprisingly funny at times. There is also a bit of creepy backstory told in the town cemetery - how's that for creepy!! The book is my #1 favorite book of all time and the soundtrack is filled with haunting pieces. Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett are top notch actors tackling what The Eerie Coterie loves the most - a haunted love story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a new E. Annie Proulx fan, I was excited to see The Shipping News when it was released on DVD, having not been able to see it in theaters. The Shipping News was terrific, plain and simple. I loved the book, and loved the movie equally as well. Kevin Spacey plays way outside of his usual smooth-guy roles, and is perfectly pathetic as Quoyle. You really feel sorry for the guy. Julianne Moore is sweet and solemn, and Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett make this show memorable. It's a powerful film about moving on to happiness despite miserable circumstances dealt in life. Plus, the score by Christopher Young is sweeping and anthemic. An interesting emotionally and psychologically charged drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago