Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

Director: George Roy Hill Cast: Michael Sacks
Michael Sacks
, Ron Leibman
Ron Leibman
, Eugene Roche
Eugene Roche
, Sharon Gans
Sharon Gans
George Roy Hill
Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

Director: George Roy Hill Cast: Michael Sacks
Michael Sacks
, Ron Leibman
Ron Leibman
, Eugene Roche
Eugene Roche
, Sharon Gans
Sharon Gans
George Roy Hill


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"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." These opening words of Kurt Vonnegut's famous novel make an effective and short summary of a haunting, funny film. For the screen, director George Roy Hill faithfully renders Vonnegut's black anti-war comedy about Pilgrim (well played in a low key by Michael Sacks), who survives the horrendous 1945 fire bombing of Dresden then lives simultaneously in his past as a naïve American POW and in the future as a well-cared-for zoo resident on the planet Tralfamadore (with zaftig Valerie Perrine as his mate). In the present, he's a middle-aged optometrist in Ilium, NY. If this sounds like a bit of a jumble -- it is. But viewers willing to watch carefully will find the movie as intricate and harmonious as Glenn Gould's plaintive renderings of the Bach keyboard pieces that decorate its soundtrack. It's not essential, but fans who read the short, poetic book will find it a treat in itself, and it will help them appreciate Hill's genius in bringing this "Children's Crusade" to the screen. In addition to Sacks, there are noteworthy performances by Ron Leibman (Norma's union man in Norma Rae) as Pilgrim's crazed nemesis and by radio/TV/movie legend, John Dehner as the arrogant Professor Rumfoord. Hill, of course, came to this film from a big hit, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and went on to triumph with The Sting one year later. The elaborate medieval and baroque architecture of pre-bombing Dresden was represented authentically in the film by scenes from Prague, since much of Dresden's architecture was lost to the bombing, and that city, in any case, was deep in East Germany, thus inaccessible at the time of filming.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2019
UPC: 0760137312581
Original Release: 1972
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 5,590

Special Features

Brand new 4k restoration from the original camera negative, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release ; High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation; Original losslessmono audio; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; New audio commentary by athor and critic Troy Howarth; News video appreciation with author and critic Kim Newman; Pilgrim's Progress: Playing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with actor Perry King; Only on Earth: Presenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with Rocky Lang, son of Executive Producer Jennings Lang, about the film's distribution ; Unstuck in Time: Documenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with behind-the-scenes Filmmaker/Producer Robert Crawford, Jr.; Eternally Connected: Comprising Slaugherhouse-Five, a new video interview with film music historian Daniel Schweiger; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Sacks Billy Pilgrim
Ron Leibman Paul Lazzaro
Eugene Roche Derby
Sharon Gans Valencia
Valerie Perrine Montana Wildhack
Roberts Blossom Wild Bob Cody
Karl Otto Alberty German Guard
Lucille Benson Billy's Mother
Sorrell Booke Lionel Merble
Henry Bumstead Eliot Rosewater
Kevin Conway Weary
John Dehner Rumford
Stanley Gottlieb Hobo
Perry King Robert Pilgrim
Frederick Ledebur German Leader
Gilmer McCormick Lily
Holly Near Barbara
Richard Schaal Campbell
Gary Waynesmith Stanley
Tom Wood Englishman

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Dede Allen Editor
Lloyd Anderson Production Manager
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Glenn Cuold Score Composer
Stephen Geller Screenwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
John Chambers Makeup Special Effects
Jennings Lang Producer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Paul Monash Producer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Mark Reedall Makeup
George C. Webb Art Director
Ernest B. Wehmeyer Production Manager
Kurt Vonnegut Source Author

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