You can probably find used DVDs, and iTunes has it in HD. I have been wishing for a better source than the DVD I bought so long ago, and finally broke down and got it from iTunes, which looks just fine, better than the DVD, and probably the best It will ever look. The visuals are rather subdued anyway, desaturated and low contrast (it's clearly how the film is supposed to look) so the iTunes file is fine.Hey John when I get the chance I will check out The Claim.
Indeed an excellent film which I saw only once when it came out. It's good to be reminded of such jewels.The Claim (2000): A loose adaptation of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Claim transports the story from late 19th Century England to the California gold rush of the same time period. Peter Mullan is Mr. Dillon, the "Mayor" of the story, when a woman (Nastassja Kinski) and her teenage daughter, Hope (Sarah Polley) arrive in town at the same time as a Central & Pacific Railroad surveying party led by Dalglish (Wes Bentley).
The Claim is probably a little too arthouse to have been very successful, and not arthouse enough to be given the credit it deserves. It's a stylishly and quietly told story, aside from a few moments of violence. It draws obvious comparisons to Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, due to it's similar visual and narrative styles, but it also has thematic similarities to Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time In the West. Both having men being primal and basically destroying themselves and each other, and a woman coming out victorious. One noticeable difference is the wide mix of national origins among the characters. It's an unusual and accurate representation of that point in the growth of the United States. There are only two actors in major roles of North American birth. Wes Bentley (USA) and Sarah Polley (Canada). Even Julian Richings, who I always associated with Canadian productions, and assumed was Canadian born, was actually born in London, and didn't move to Canada until he was 30. Milla Jovovich, who grew up in the USA, was born in Kiev, and plays a Portuguese character. The nationalities and accents range throughout Western Europe, as the actual people residing in that part of the country at that time would have been. Harry Potter fans might notice Shirley Henderson, who played Moaning Myrtle. That voice is definitely recognizable.
I've discovered through the years that this has become one of my all-time favorite movies.
Yeah, I realized too late this was playing at my nearest IMAX theater. A missed opportunity for me.Today I saw Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut (1978) in IMAX. I can now say I've seen all versions of this movie since I saw the original cut at the Ziegfeld in NYC (the one with no raid at the end and no credits). Then I went back to a screening room for the Redux version, and now this one.
My impression is that this film is a masterpiece.