CTHE Press Release: "AMATEUR"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    "As close to perfect as any film you'll see this year." - Graham Fuller, Interview

    "Audacious. *Deliciously perverse." - Guy Flatley, Cosmopolitan

    Martin Donovan and Beautiful Isabelle Huppert
    Star in the Smart and Witty Character-Driven Thriller
    From Award-Winning Writer/Director Hal Hartley

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    AMATEUR
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    ** Official Selection - New York & Toronto Film Festivals **
    New to DVD on November 11

    * * * * Culver City, CA (September 1, 2003) - Accountancy. Murder. Amnesia. Torture.
    Ecstasy. Understanding. Redemption. *These are the quirky ingredients that make up AMATEUR,
    the off-beat crime thriller from respected and award-winning indie filmmaker Hal Hartley (Trust,
    The Unbelievable Truth, Henry Fool) starring Martin Donovan (The Opposite of Sex, Agent
    Cody Banks) and Isabelle Huppert (8 Women, The Bedroom Window), premiering November 11
    on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

    Hailed by Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, as "a sharp witted thriller, the extraordinary cast
    brings snap and surprising heart to Hartley's riffs on sex, lies and exploitation," AMATEUR is *
    "Hal Hartley's most ambitious view of the world yet" (Caryn James, The New York Times).

    Isabelle (Huppert), a crackpot ex-nun who believes that God has an as yet unspecified
    mission set aside for her, keeps herself fed by writing short stories for a pornographic magazine. *
    One day she meets Thomas (Donovan), a confused but insightful amnesiac wandering the streets
    of New York City. *When they set out to discover Thomas' past, Isabelle suspects that its
    somehow linked with a vengeful young porn actress, Sofia (Elina Löwensohn - Schindler's List,
    Basquiat). *Before long, they are being pursued by brutal corporate assassins, who desperately
    want to kill Thomas. *Unable to remember his own unsavory criminal past, Thomas commits
    himself to saving Sofia and, of course, Isabelle with whom he is now in love. *One thing is
    certain, they are all amateurs when it comes to affairs of the heart.

    SPECIAL EDITION DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
    * * * * Digitally Audio Video
    * * * * Full Screen Presentation
    * * * * Featurette: Professional Amateus: The Making of "Amateur"
    * * * * Audio: *English (Dolby Surround)
    * * * * Scene Selections

    Rated R
    Color
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 101 Minutes
    DVD Catalog # 00981 / UPC Code: 0-43396-00981-3
    Order Date: 10/09/03
    SLP: $24.95
     
  2. Zak Hepburn

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    Thanks for the Info.
    Is this Disc in the films correct OAR??
    I really like Hartlys Films and would purchese it, if it was correctly Presented.
    Thanks

    When's Simple Men Going to get a release?????
     
  3. Sean Moon

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    Finally, some older Hal Hartley, but whats with the fullscreen presentation? Is that OAR? IF it isnt I am ingorning this...but it will be hard as I love this movie. Now if only someone could put TRUST out on DVD.
     
  4. Mark Cappelletty

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    It's not OAR. The laserdisc was widescreen. I've been waiting for Sony to release Hal Hartley's movies on DVD for the past five years and this is what we get. This is as retarded as MGM's handling of "Miracle Mile." [​IMG]
     
  5. Peter Ohlert

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    OAR: Well, IMDB lists it as a 1.66:1 film. (I know they're not really the most trustworthy source.) This makes me so mad if its been croped. I could live with 1.66:1 non-anamorphic, but I don't want it cropped.

    I love most of Hartley's films but most of his best stuff hasn't made it to DVD yet. (e.g.: Trust, Simple Men, Henry Fool) Anchor Bay did a great job with his first film, 'The Unbelieveable Truth', with a nice 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and a stab at an extra with an excerpt from filmed interview with Hartley and the trailer. A collection of early shorts were released on the 'Surviving Desire' DVD and his entry into the '2000 as Seen By' series - 'The Book of Life' was given an OAR dvd release and his most recent film, the lackluster 'No Such Thing', was given a widescreen bare bones release.

    I have been waiting paitently for the bulk of his best work to make its way to DVD (the huge gap between Unbelieveable Truth and The Book of Life). I understand that Hartely doesn't have the largest following and not to expect much in the way of extras and that's fine. All I want is decent OAR transfers with the original audio tracks. Considering how mannered and specific Hartely is, its almost a crime to alter the composition of framing of his films. I had hoped that Anchor Bay would continue to release his 90s films or that Criterion would make an appearance, but it looks like we're going to not even get the basic respect of OAR from CTHE. Considering Hartley's audience, don't you think that OAR is a no-brainer?

    Ugh.

    (One final plea: Please Criterion, pick up Trust or Simple Men, or better yet both? I swear, I'll do all you house chores for a month if you do.)



    -Peter
     
  6. Peter Ohlert

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    Hey Mark,
    Do you remember if the LD was 1.66 or 1.85?


    -Peter
     
  7. Peter Ohlert

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    OK. This reminded me to go check Hartley's website:

    http://www.possiblefilms.com/home.html

    and they list that CTHE is releasing Amateur on DVD with no other info then:

    HENRY FOOL
    on DVD
    New widescreen video master to be released this coming December by Colombia-Tristar Home Entertainment.

    So, why is CTHE remastering Henry Fool, but dumping a full screen transfer of Amateur on DVD only a month before?
     
  8. Mark Cappelletty

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    Peter,

    I don't remember. Probably 1.85:1. I'll check at my DVD/Laser store later today.
     

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