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Criterion Collection: John Cassavetes - Five Films [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gena Rowlands , Peter Falk , John Cassavetes    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel
  • Directors: John Cassavetes
  • Writers: John Cassavetes
  • Producers: John Cassavetes, Al Ruban, Maurice McEndree, Michael Lally, Phil Burton
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 637 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JP2OS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,645 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Cassvetes' work... 1 Mar 2011
John Cassavetes was arguably one of the key American independent filmmakers and this box set, an overview of his most important movies, was long overdue...but well worth the wait. The "usual suspects" are present and correct from his bravura debut Shadows to the heart-wrenching Faces, the stunning A Woman under the Influence, the patchy Killing of a Chinese Bookie and the underrated Opening Night. Content-wise, this set includes pretty much what you'd expect it to and many of this movies (Faces in particular) are still exceptional to this day. The added bonus here though is the sheer wealth of extras - there are lots and lots of interviews both with Cassavetes and a number of his collaborators which give an interesting insight into his working methods. Not only that but the set itself is extremely attractive; the striking cover is rendered in a smooth, matt cardboard with each disk in its own matt, pastel-coloured sleeve. There's also a weighty booklet with much information about the man and his movies. In all this is an excellent introduction to one of cinema's true mavericks, attractively presented with some splendid extras.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yay! 26 Sep 2005
Finally, the father of american independent film making gets a boxset! If you're a Cassavetes fan, this is obviously a must-buy item. The quintessential actor's director, these films all represent life in a fresh and honest way - typically through the performances Cassavetes gets out of his actors and his unque film technique/style. All great films if you are willing to engage with them fully. This is not for passive film-viewing!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I will strongly defend John Cassavetes as nearly excellent filmmaker who could have become even one of the greats if the system would not oppress him all his life.
Jean-Luc Godard (since another reviewer used him as an example) is somewhat overrated as well. While he directed several excellent films early on, some of his middle age and, especially, later films are quite sub par. One should not choose a single filmmaker and put him/her as a "benchmark". Film-making is so complex and dynamic process and this is why it is so much fun to have so many different film styles, film presentations, film "languages", film cultures.
Every time when someone authoritatively tries to single-out the "benchmark" freedom suffers.
If one watched first couple of Fassbinder films (for example) at the time of release and dismissed these (with 1-2 "stars") and should that one had enough influence to oppress (like in former socialist countries), Fassbinder would has never been able to realize himself as one of the greats later on.
While Cassavetes is not one of handful of the greats he came close enough with some of his films and deserves at least 4 stars using current Amazon rating system, which, by the way, is quite poorly designed as rating should have been from 1 to 10.
Solid ****.
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