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#1 masterofoneinchpunch

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

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MEDIUM COOL
Haskell Wexler

United States 1969 110 minutes Color 1.85:1 English
It's 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. His debut feature, Medium Cool, plunges us into that moment. With its mix of scripted fiction and seat-of-the-pants documentary technique, this story of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral, lasting cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.

DISC FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION
  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Haskell Wexler, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring Wexler, actor Marianna Hill, and editor Paul Golding, the other featuring historian Paul Cronin
  • New interview with Wexler
  • Look Out Haskell, It's Real!, a fifty-five-minute documentary about the making of Medium Cool, produced by Cronin and featuring interviews with Wexler, Golding, actors Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, and Robert Forster, Chicago historian Studs Terkel, and others
  • Excerpts from Sooner or Later, a documentary by Cronin about Harold Blankenship, who plays the adolescent Harold in the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic and programmer Thomas Beard


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

NOTES:
  • DVD/BD Release Date: May 21, 2013
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

LOVE the art and looking forward to this. It gave me an excuse to call up Bob Forster and plan to have lunch with him so he can sign mine.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:40 PM

Yes, this is a top cover and I like what I'm reading in that synopsis. Easy blind-buy for me.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

It is a bit cribbed from The Iron Lady though with Meryl as Thatcher's head fading into the London skyline...
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