The John Cassavetes Collection
SHADOWS (DVD and Blu-ray)
A film by John Cassavetes
Set amongst the lively milieu of artists and jazz musicians in bohemian 1950s New York, John Cassavetes' directorial debut follows the doomed relationship between a young mixed-race woman Lelia (Lelia Goldoni) and Tony (Anthomy Ray), a white man who betrays his prejudice when he meets Lelia's brother, a struggling jazz singer.
Shot on location with a cast and crew largely made up of amateurs and featuring a swinging, improvised score by Charles Mingus and Shafi Hadi, Shadows gave birth to a radical new film language grounded in authenticity, and is widely considered the first truly independent American film.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Audio commentary with Cassavetes collaborator Seymour Cassel and film critic Tom Charity
- Falk on Cassavetes: the early years (DVD only, 13 mins)
- 16mm footage of John Cassavetes and Burt Lane's acting workshop (DVD only, 4 mins)
- Theatrical trailer (DVD only, 4 mins)
- Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes from Michael Atkinson, Brian Morton and Tom Charity
US | 1959 | black & white | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 82 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD25 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
Region 2 PAL DVD
Region B Blu-ray
Dual Format Edition containing the DVD and world premiere Blu-ray release of John Cassavetes groundbreaking debut feature, Shadows (1959), a film which gave birth to a radial new film language that has influenced the work of filmmakers for decades since its release.
Shadows revolves around the inter-radical romance between a black woman and a white man, and their relationship with her jazz singer brother. Its depiction of themes of inter-radical relationship and non-conformist lifestyles were way ahead of its time.
Shot on location in 1950s New York, with a cast and crew made up primarily of amateurs, this radical, ground-breaking film is as devastatingly powerful now as ever. The film's score features jazz legend Charlie Mingus. Special Features: Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition; Audio commentary with Seymour Cassell and Tom Charity; Silent rehearsal footage (DVD only); Peter Falk on Cassavetes (Paul Joyce, DVD only); Original trailer; Fully illustrated booklet;