American Movie?

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  1. DeborahK

    DeborahK Supporting Actor

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    Does anyone out there have a copy of this film on DVD? I am wondering how good it is (the DVD -- not the film) and if it is worth owning. I really loved the film when I saw it in the theaters. All opinions greatly appreciated!

    Deborah
     
  2. Thom B

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    [​IMG] Yeah, it's definitely worth the purchase. Good transfer, etc. The commentary alone is brilliant. They got Mike and Mark to participate, and it's almost like getting two movies in one. It also includes Marks film Coven, which I haven't watched all the way through yet. [​IMG]
     
  3. Marty M

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    If you liked this movie at the theater, you will enjoy the DVD. There is a great commentary that is as good, or better, than the dialogue in the movie. In the middle of the commentary, the guy who acts like he is stoned asks if he can go out for a smoke. Also included on the DVD is the movie Coven.
     
  4. DeborahK

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    Thanks, guys! It is going on my Xmas list ... [​IMG]
    Deborah
     
  5. Michael S Estes

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    Yes, I saw this on DVD. The aspect ratio was 1.33/1, which I assume was it's OAR. I thought the transfer was good, but I'm not as picky as others. The short "COVEN", the subject of the movie, was also on the DVD, along with deleted scenes. Thinking about now, I wish I'd bought it instead of renting it.
     
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    I enjoy this movie very very much and recommend anyone who likes DVD add it to their collection! Especially if you are a independent filmmaker or aspiring to it!
     
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    Saw this last night.... two words:
    GOOD LORD !!
    I was hoping this was in the spirit of Spinal Tap...it is, right?
    Anyways, I no longer recommend Requiem For A Dream as the anti-drug movie. Now, it's AMERICAN MOVIE.
    I about spit out my beer on the deleted scene: AC/DC
    OMG, too funny.
    Anyways, good movie about how NOT to make a movie.
    [​IMG]
    ~Rob
     
  8. Rain

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    I was astounded by the quality of the transfer on the DVD. I would dare to say it's up to Criterion standards. Blew me away.

    The film is a bit grainy, but I believe that's probably the way it was originally.
     
  9. Ken_McAlinden

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    The DVD does justice to the documentary and then some. I just read at DVD File that Mark Borchardt appears in the Jet Li film "The One" and there is a featurette interview with him on the DVD as an Easter Egg. If Mike Schank had appeared, I probably would have bought the DVD.
     
  10. DeborahK

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    Well said, Ken.
    I actually find the film as touching as it is hillarious . With both sympathy and a total lack of sentimentality it tells a profoundly and quintessentially American story (probably why they called it American Movie, don't you think??? [​IMG] ) that should resonates with every US viewer of the last century. Struggling and finally triumphing over great odds in order to realize one's dream (in this case to produce one's very own piece of gratuitous schlock) is completely "Horatio Alger" and at the same time deeply ironic. This is a very subtle, layered, and brilliant film that reveals a great deal about how late 20th century Americans imagine themselves to be while at the same time revealing to how and what we often actually are.
    Have to say, this is one of my very favorite films.
    Deborah
     
  11. Vince Maskeeper

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    You should also go waaaaay out of your way to see Chris Smith's American Job which is a film in the same spirit of American Movie, only it is completely fictional.
    http://us.imdb.com/Title?0112345
    American Movie, both the film and the DVD, are absolutely great. Wonderful. Better than you'd expect.
    Too bad AMERICAN JOB isn't out on DVD yet.
    -Vince
     
  12. DeborahK

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    Thanks, Vince -- I had never heard of this film.

    Deborah
     
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    Well Dan, I don't know what to tell you.....
    I know of idiots in every walk of life, so I'm not just picking on him or his lifestyle, and *eventually* getting around to something (making a movie, taking a vacation, writing a book, whatever) is probably not the best way to go about it.
    While I think you might appreciate his perseverance, I don't think you really believe this is a good way to get anything accomplished.
    I _do_ think it's cool that he followed his dream.
    I _do_ think it's cool that he hung in there.
    I _don't_ think it's the way to make a movie.
    As Dennis Miller says:
    "But, hey -that's just my opinion, I could be wrong!"
    ~Rob
     
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    Good point Dan, I agree completely.
    Well, all this talk has made me want to watch again w/ commentary this time!
    Like it or hate it, it *is* interesting to watch.
    ...Does anyone know what has happened to the $50,000.00 budget he has (had?) or what stage Northwestern is at?
    Thanks,
    ~Rob
     
  17. Mark Cappelletty

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    My Xmas card photo last year was a shot of me with Mark and Mike at last year's San Diego Comic-Con (where they were there for a Letterman spot).

    This year's photo-- me and Ron Jeremy!
     
  18. Rob Tomlin

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    I am also a huge fan of this movie, and DVD.

    The antics of these guys were unbelievable! I really had a hard time believing that this was actually a documentary. It just goes to show that life really can be stranger than fiction!

    One very unique movie!

    And the DVD is surprisingly good, especially the extra features.
     
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    I rented American Movie several months ago. I did like it, though I'm not sure if I'd buy the disc. I just can't see myself watching it that much. That said, I wish I had Mark's enthusiasm and perserverance. His quest to finish Coven was proof positive that you can succeed if you try hard enough. Of course, having relatives with some extra cash is good! [​IMG] It'd be interesting to see what he could do with a real budget. We might have another Robert Rodriguez on our hands...
     

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