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  • Some Folks Call It Sling Blade [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Some Folks Call It Sling Blade [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Should have been an added bonus to the movie DVD 2 May 2004
By Scott Ulrich - Published on
Format: DVD
Should have been an added bonus to the movie DVD, not a seperate DVD. Not really worth buying as it is almost the identical dialogue from the movie, except in black and white. This original short is interesting, maybe worth renting, but I think it should have been put on the movie's DVD as a bonus feature...
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Some Folks Call it an Acting Reel 20 Aug. 2002
By John Neil - Published on
Format: DVD
Director George Hickenlooper shows us his all, including a short film entitled Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade.
The film is a dark black & white depiction of Billy Bob Thorton's "Karl" whom Thorton developed while looking at his reflection with time on his hands, then later brought to life on stage with one-man shows.
In collaboration with Billy, Hickenlooper hoped to use this film as a springboard to making a feature film (which of course happened - Sling Blade). But that's where the off-stage drama begins.
Besides being a great short film and a "hoot," if you will, being the first incarnation of our beloved "Karl" (those whom have seen Sling Blade know what I mean, those whom haven't, order both films), This DVD contains an extensive director-ography of Hickenlooper, and the reason he ultimately declined to work on the feature film Sling Blade.
It shows a different side of Thorton - albeit hearsay, but interesting at any rate. I still love the man because he has a band.
But one thing struck me as quite ironic - while filming Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade, Hickenlooper didn't like the idea of doing Thorton doing his monologue as a close-up, and felt Thorton wanted it that way so he could use the film as an 'acting reel' to get more film parts.
But amidst the DVD segment where he says this - "The Evolution of Sling Blade," Hickenlooper showcases his own material, citing every film he's directed (involving Billy Bob or not), with very extensive clips.
Who's acting reel?
But ironic or not, this is a great short film that stands on its own. I just wish I saw it before I saw Sling Blade. Not so much the same impact, I reckon.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Short but Expensive 2 May 2002
By jetmonkey - Published on
Format: DVD
This independent short is essentially a b&w of the opening sequence of Sling Blade. The late JT Walsh is here, and Molly Ringwold will be recognized as the reporter interviewing Billy Bob Thorton's Karl in this version. Very good except for the price. Director George Hickenlooper takes potshots at Thorton in the Bonus Features. Recommended for people who really like Sling Blade, but again, they are selling it at full price.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
if you enjoyed the movie, this short gives insight 2 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
when i saw 'slingblade' for the first time, i was totally knocked out. i wondered how one man, b.b. thorton, could put together a film that is so multi-faceted. having grown up in the midwest, everything about the movie struck a chord in me and when i found that this short was available, i grabbed it! it is well worth the price and will give you some insight as to how thorton created the character of karl childers. highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Some folks call it a 25 minute audition reel 14 Nov. 2009
By Julian Kennedy - Published on
Format: DVD
Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade: 5 out of 10

A curiosity piece for Sling Blade fans this short is the opening act of the original film done in black and white with Molly Ringwald as the reporter and a nebbish mental health director.

Everything else is the same right down to J. T. Walsh's rape stories. The only real surprise is how quickly it is over. (25 brisk minutes) Unlike other viewers I really didn't notice a menacing nuance in this version. It really seemed almost note for note. One might rightly wonder why this short simply didn't appear as an extra on the Sling Blade proper disc. The included behind the scenes docs explain that pretty clearly.

The first doc is of little interest except to see J.T. Walsh chain smoke and hear director George Hickenlooper expound on how he likes short films and how European it is to make one. The second doc proves all that art for art sake stuff a lie.

Hickenlooper shows very lengthy clips from three of his features. The first Heart of Darkness a Filmmakers Apocalypse looked interesting. Even more interesting is how Hickenlooper got a directing credit even though Coppola's wife shot all the footage. The other two features The Killing Box and The Low Life look awful. The Killing Box is a vampire/civil war hybrid from which Hickenlooper removed the vampires and The Low Life seems like one of those self-conscious autobiographical films that comes out of Project Greenlight.

The real treat is hearing Hickenlooper completely trash his former friend Billy Bob Thorton, basically describing him as an unstable maniac. Since Thorton went of to fame and fortune and Oscar gold. (Hickenlooper even attacks Billy Bob's eligibility to win an Oscar for best adapted screenplay) and Hickenlooper was not asked to direct one can only assume a little payback was in order during this "record straightening".

Even funnier Hickenlooper accuses Thorton of trying to turn the short into an audition reel (Why else would you do a short?) while in the next breath explaining he was going to use it to shop a feature film. (Moreover, all of this in one of the most self-centered promotional docs I have ever seen. It is like a childhood film retrospective at a sweet sixteen party.) The whole mess is imminently skippable except for the morbidly curious.
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