The Winslow Boy

The Winslow Boy

Nigel Hawthorne
Director: David Mamet Cast: Nigel Hawthorne
Nigel Hawthorne
, Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
, Jeremy Northam
Jeremy Northam
David Mamet

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Writer/director David Mamet won plaudits for his classy adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1944 stage play The Winslow Boy, incorporating his own sparkling writing style into this morally complex period piece. Columbia TriStar's DVD, like the film itself, has been assembled smoothly and elegantly, yet overall it is not entirely satisfying. The anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Surround Sound take care of the look and sound of the movie, allowing the viewer to be undistractedly absorbed in the superb sets, haunting music, and distinguished performances. Unfortunately, the special features amount to less than at first meets the eye. There is the original theatrical trailer, plus the trailer for Mamet's labyrinthine thriller The Spanish Prisoner. But the featurette is a lame addition -- basically the trailer again, but littered with tiny snippets of interviews with Mamet and his cast. Only slightly better is the commentary, which is conducted initially by Mamet and his wife and leading lady Rebecca Pidgeon (or "Becks" as he insists on calling her). The two talk a lot about the magnificence of every cast and crew member (even the designer of a bathrobe gets a mention), but discuss little else of significance. The late arrival of stars Nigel Hawthorne and Jeremy Northam improves matters, prompting a little more humor and debate, but by the end credits, all are back to simply praising the crew again. Though The Winslow Boy's admirers will probably consider this DVD adequate, its content beyond the main feature may leave more demanding Mamet fans somewhat frustrated.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2000
UPC: 0043396040571
Original Release: 1999
Rating: G
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 37,758

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Language: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English; Director and cast commentary; Making-of featurette; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nigel Hawthorne Arthur Winslow
Gemma Jones Grace Winslow
Jeremy Northam Sir Robert Morton
Rebecca Pidgeon Catherine Winslow
Guy Edwards Ronnie Winslow
Matthew Pidgeon Dickie Winslow
Colin Stinton Desmond Curry
Aden Gillett John Watherstone
Sarah Flind Violet
Neil North First Lord of the Admiralty
Sara Stewart Miss Barnes
Perry Fenwick Fred
Alan Polanski Mr. Michaels

Technical Credits
David Mamet Director,Screenwriter
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Benoit Delhomme Cinematographer
Trisha Edwards Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Green Producer
Richard Hewitt Asst. Director
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Alaric Jans Score Composer
Andrew Munro Art Director
Barbara Tulliver Editor
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:43]
2. Dickie & Father [3:26]
3. Suffragette in love [1:59]
4. John Watherston [5:10]
5. "I didn't do it." [1:17]
6. Sacked [2:06]
7. Desmond Curry [4:15]
8. Breaking the news [2:13]
9. The interview [3:31]
10. Meeting with the Guv [2:17]
11. The woman's view [9:52]
12. Sir Robert Morton [3:28]
13. Petition of Right [:52]
14. A few questions [9:36]
15. House of Lords [3:58]
16. Destroying himself [2:21]
17. Violet [4:01]
18. Technical secrets [1:24]
19. Blackmail [5:13]
20. Frank discussion [2:16]
21. Point of order [4:54]
22. Time passes [3:30]
23. Cate's court review [5:09]
24. An urgent matter [3:38]
25. Choices [2:49]
26. The verdict [2:50]
27. Sir Robert drops in [5:23]
28. How little she knows [4:58]

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