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Twin Falls Idaho
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Twin Falls Idaho

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Cast: Michael Polish, Mark Polish, Michele Hicks, Jon Gries

 

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Twin Falls Idaho is remarkably stylish for an independent film. This DVD edition presents the movie in a colorful high-contrast 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. Director Michael Polish and director of photography M. David Mullen's David Lynch-inspired visual flair, with its intense blue hues, is in full effect. The Dolby Digital sound is superb, as dialogue and

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Twin Falls Idaho is remarkably stylish for an independent film. This DVD edition presents the movie in a colorful high-contrast 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. Director Michael Polish and director of photography M. David Mullen's David Lynch-inspired visual flair, with its intense blue hues, is in full effect. The Dolby Digital sound is superb, as dialogue and Stuart Matthewman's evocative score flow from one's speakers. Sadly, the supplemental material doesn't go into the depth one would expect for such a fine film. The Polish brothers' audio commentary highlights the technical and creative process of the independent filmmaking process, from the script, to the acting and character motivation, to their research on conjoined twins. Since there are no behind-the-scenes featurettes, documentaries on conjoined twins, production notes, or photo galleries, it just seems as if something is missing. "Talent Files" presents the usual filmographies for the brothers and actor Michele Hicks. Bonus theatrical trailers cover The City of Lost Children, Splendor, and Birdy. "Scene Selections" gives instant access to all 28 chapters via chapter titles and still frames.

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Twin Falls Idaho is a wildly original and emotionally potent slice of weirdness that recalls the films of David Lynch, both visually and tonally, while exploring thematic territory previously undocumented on film. An eerily unconventional sight to behold, especially with the sophisticated makeup effects and cloaking of the actors' extra body parts, Mark and Michael Polish's conjoined twins inspire endless philosophical quandaries about the nature of wholeness and identity. What is smart about their screenplay is that it does not serve these up on a platter. In fact, many of the film's wrenching plot details, like the fact that Michele Hicks' prostitute lives with the guilt of having given up a retarded child for adoption, are only hinted at in the script, with supreme respect for minimalism and the viewer's capacity for appreciating nuance. Newcomer Hicks is a revelation as the viewer's surrogate, who restrains a flood of curious questions in deference to an awkward politeness. Visually, she strikes as much of an impression as the freakish twins, with her gothic mascara and hauntingly gaunt figure. After opening up a wellspring of previously unconsidered questions about the logistics of the twins' social life, sleeping patterns, and biological commingling, the Polish brothers address them in a satisfying succession throughout the gradual narrative, often through the tactless prying of secondary characters. Identical twins in the viewing audience may find Twin Falls Idaho especially fertile, since these issues work as a fascinating extension of their unique sibling bond, with which the directors are quite familiar.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
UPC:
0043396043671
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Digitally Mastered Audio & Video; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Polish Brothers' Audio Commentary; Talent Files; Bonus Theatrical Trailers; Scene Selections; Production Notes; Interactive Menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Polish Francis Falls
Mark Polish Blake
Michele Hicks Penny
Jon Gries Jay
Patrick Bauchau Miles
Garrett Morris Jesus
William Katt Surgeon
Lesley Ann Warren Francine
Teresa Hill Sissy
ANT Tre
Holly Woodlawn Flamboyant At Party

Technical Credits
Michael Polish Director,Screenwriter
Alysia D. Allen Set Decoration/Design
David Cohn Associate Producer
Jon Gries Associate Producer
Grace Li Art Director
Julie Lynn Associate Producer
Stuart Matthewman Score Composer
Andrew Miller Asst. Director
M. David Mullen Cinematographer
Matthew Nicolay Sound/Sound Designer
Bic Owen Costumes/Costume Designer
Marshall Persinger Producer
Mark Polish Screenwriter
Rena Ronson Producer
Joyce Schweickert Executive Producer
Paul Torok Co-producer
Leo Trombetta Editor
Gary J. Tunnicliffe Makeup Special Effects
Steven J. Wolfe Producer
Warren Alan Young Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:38]
2. "Keep the change" [4:56]
3. Francis & Blake [2:54]
4. Stranded & Homeless [4:16]
5. The Flu [2:33]
6. Miles [9:09]
7. Medicine & Food [9:59]
8. Table Two [3:23]
9. Tre's Party [2:29]
10. Miss America [2:13]
11. "When Did You Leave Heaven?" [3:49]
12. Duet [3:42]
13. Big Backyard [3:27]
14. Foreplay [7:50]
15. Jay Harrison [5:29]
16. Tourist Attraction [1:22]
17. In Or Out? [4:43]
18. "What's Wrong?" [3:10]
19. Jesus [4:44]
20. "Francis' Really Sick" [1:21]
21. 50% Chance [2:10]
22. Francine [4:18]
23. Miles' Diagnosis [2:25]
24. Mother & Child Reunion [1:02]
25. "Take Us Together" [1:17]
26. "I Hear The Train" [:41]
27. Separate Dreams [4:53]
28. Sad & Happy Endings [10:32]

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Twin Falls Idaho 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest, at first I only started watching this movie because there was nothing else on. But within minutes I was completely engrossed in the plot and emotionally invested in the characters. Even though the concept is kind of weird, the originality of 'Twin Falls Idaho' makes the movie even more fun. I definately recommend that you give this movie a chance. You'll love it.