Will we see Waydowntown on DVD?

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  1. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

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    I've seen no mention of Waydowntown being released on DVD.
    Does this DVD have an announced release date yet?
    Will Alliance be releasing it, or does some other studio have the rights for an R1 release?
     
  2. Marc Colella

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    WOW, it's gonna take me a week to get through all the responses. [​IMG]
    I guess there isn't much interested in this film. [​IMG]
     
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    I live in Calgary!
     
  4. Marc Colella

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    I'm hoping for this one too...
    Unfortunately, that's all I can add. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jason Whyte

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    Whoa, sorry I missed this thread Marc!
    All I can start out by saying: we got interest on Maelstorm, I'm sure we can gather interest on this. Alliance Atlantis/Odeon Films has the rights to it up here, and Lot 47 has distribution on it in the states, however I am not sure if it is even released down there just yet.
    Here's my full review of the film, which will certainly show I want it on disc:
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    Ever been to Calgary? Better yet, have you ever been to a city where all of the downtown core is connected by walkways? Gary Burns' odd, perplexing "waydowntown", the furthest from being "A Very Canadian Film", shows an odd side of human behavior, the kind where people are losing it inside walls that they don't need to leave.
    Tom (Fabrizio Filippo), is a trainee moving up the corporate ladder but is bored with his job. Fun for him involves skirt-chasing mallrat girls and smoking pot in his car. He desks next to Brad (Don McKellar), a man of few words who gets kicks out of stapling pro-working iotas to his chest. There's a bottle of marbles sitting next to his desk. They are both going crazy. So is Sandra, (Marya Delver) a pretty, wholesome trainee that isn't really. She's not technically a trainee and really one of the group, but feels it's beneath her when she's asked by her superior to follow her boss who may or may not be shoplifting. All the while she has a perfume page from a magazine clutched in her hand. And Curt (Gordon Currie) is a ladies-man of an office worker who is quirky just like the rest of them, but decides to lure co-worker Vicki (Jennifer Clement) into a fling...both of them have just come off of relationships as well.
    Tom, Brad, Curt and Sandra are all in a bet on who can stay indoors the longest. Due to Calgary's Plus 15 system, their apartments are connected to hallways connected to corridors connected to the walkways that connects to shopping malls that connects to their office buildings. All the essentials of life is inside: food, water, air, even entertainment (What I wouldn't give to see Tom fly through Bankers Hall Cinemas). Still, all four characters keep breaking down as the film is taking place (On Day 24 during lunch hour), each noting the juxtapositions of inside to outside air, like the screaming vents or the smoking closets (don't ask what they are also used for).
    "waydowntown" may be one of the more stranger films that I've seen, a film on par with the likes of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," the recent "Spy Kids", "Dancer In The Dark" or the films of Joel Coen with a detached reality to them. It's "Office Space" directed by David Fincher. 98% of the picture was shot on digital betacam (the other 2% is VHS and 35mm), giving it a washed out, intentionally congestive look, which lends well to the hardships of our four leads. The camera itself is dizzying around like it has a headache but wants to keep filming. As well, every now and then there's a little pure breakage of reality and it gets even more odd.
    It's not an entirely great film. It goes off on so many odd parallels that it even gets frustrating at times (like a bathroom encounter between Curt and Vicki in the bathroom while ponytail girl listens in the next stall). It doesn't grate on the nerves, however, and I think one has to accept the intentions of Burns' headache of a film to help make it work.
    For people living in Calgary, "waydowntown" will no doubt be a great treat, to see Calgary's 15-System shown in full detail. When I was visiting the city in August, 1999, I toured this system for an entire day, visiting everything from the stores, to the business buildings, to apartment building entrances, to Bankers Hall Cinemas to take a break and watch a movie. I was allowed into all these corridors, so I explored them. It's not surprising that the sidewalks aren't that busy.
    The characters here aren't using Plus 15 for what it really is (to keep people warm from the minus 35 celsius winter season), but in the case of "waydowntown," everything is just wayoutthere.
    Rating: *** out of ****
    Director: Gary Burns
    Length: 83 minutes
    Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    Written April 20th, 2001
    Jay
     
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    WAYDOWNTOWN is scheduled to come out 2002 in US.

    Still no word on US release of MAELSTROM that I've heard of, unless I missed it.
     
  8. Marc Colella

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    Thanks for the review Jason.

    You're always coming to my rescue with these Canadian releases.

    It's a pity that more emphasis hasn't been made towards releasing great Canadian films on DVD. In fact, it's a shame these films don't get promoted more for their theatrical releases.
     
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  10. Marc Colella

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    Ted,
    You can find the Maelstrom DVD at:
    http://www.hmv.com/
    I believe Amazon has it listed as an import title also.
     
  11. Jason Whyte

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    Shameless bump to see if anyone's interested in waydowntown. I really want to see this on disc.
    Watch out one of these days I'll start a thread to get Bruce Sweeney's Last Wedding on disc. [​IMG]
    As for Maelstrom, there's a looooong thread on that movie here:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...ight=Maelstrom
     
  12. Ted Todorov

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    You'll be glad to hear that waydowntown is openning in New York on January 25th, unfortunately at the dreadful Angelika.
    Ted
     

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