Lions Gate Press Release: "Happiness" Signature Series

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    HAPPINESS SIGNATURE SERIES DVD
    DVD Order: 5/5/03 ***Street Date: 6/3/03


    "#1 FILM OF THE YEAR!" *-- Newsweek Magazine
    "SUBTLY SAVAGEŠ EVILLY FUNNY!" * Janet Maslin, The New York Times
    "DEEPLY DISTURBING AND SHOCKINGLY FUNNY! * David Ansen, Newsweek


    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION & SPECIAL FEATURES: *Note: this replaces the existing DVD, but has a new catalog number. *Price is $19.99.
    … Cast and Crew Information
    … 4 x 3 Letterbox
    … Spanish, English and French Subtitles
    … 2.0 Dolby Surround Sound

    Synopsis: The search for happiness connects lonely lives in this subversively funny film. *Meet three sisters at the center of a struggle with the secret demons of middle-class perfection. *There¹s Joy who is rebounding from a breakup with her latest loser boyfriend (Jon Lovitz), Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle), a glamorous writer looking for drama in a relationship with a slovenly obscene phone caller (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and then there¹s Trish (Cynthia Stevenson), the housewife who appears to have it all, including a shrink husband (Dylan Baker) who has an unnatural obsession which he manages to keep secret from his family and friends.

    Director & Writer: **Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Storytelling)
    Producer: *Ted Hope (21 Grams, Lovely & Amazing, In the Bedroom)
    Cast:
    - Lara Flynn Boyle: *Men in Black II, Susan¹s Plan, Afterglow, TV¹s The Practice
    - Philip Seymour Hoffman: Cold Mountain, 25th Hour, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love, Almost Famous
    - Jane Adams: Adaptation, Orange County, Wonder Boys, Songcatcher, You¹ve Got Mail
    - Jon Lovitz: Rat Race, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Little Nicky, Smalltime Crooks
    - Dylan Baker: *Road to Perdition, Changing Lanes, The Laramie Project, Along Came a Spider, 13 Days, The Cell
    - Camryn Manheim: The Laramie Project, What Planet Are You From?, Mercury Rising, TV¹s The Practice
    - Cynthia Stevenson: Air Bud, Live Nude Girls, Home for the Holidays, Forget Paris, The Player

    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Title Copyright: MCMXCVIII Bella Cosa, LLC and Livingston Pictures, Inc.
    Rating: *Unrated
    DVD Running Time: *140 minutes
    DVD Audio Status: *Dolby Surround ********
     
  2. JulianK

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    Wow. A whole bunch of nothin'!

    Thanks for posting the spec's, Ron.
     
  3. Julian Lalor

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    It's not even anamorphic. Talk about mutton dressed up as mutton.
     
  4. Marc Colella

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    So far the Lion's Gate series has been nothing more than a re-release of an existing DVD with different artwork.

    That's really worth the upgrade. [​IMG]

    Thanks Lion's Gate... thanks for nothing... again.
     
  5. Jesse Skeen

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    And how exactly does this qualify as "Signature Series"?
     
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    [​IMG]

    cuz it has a signature on the cover [​IMG]
     
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    Ya, it looks pretty lame as far as any extras go.

    Still interested in any reviews of the actual transfer, though. The original disc suffered from some seriously bad artifacting and shifting within the image (especially people's hair). If this new disc is remastered with better encoding, it would be worth the 'upgrade' at least for me.
     
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    The only "good" thing, I guess, is that the Lion's Gate disc is about half the price of the previous Universal disc. I've been wanting to get Affliction for a while but couldn't see spending $25. Now it's only $12, much more reasonable, even if it's bare bones.
     
  10. Bruce Hedtke

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    So...it's not anamorphic? I swear I remember when preordering it, DVDEmpire had it listed as Enhanced, which is why I ordered it. Blimey! [​IMG]

    Bruce
     
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    non-anamorphic with a trailer.

    looks quite good though.
     
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