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The John Cassavetes Collection [DVD]

Gena Rowlands , Ben Gazzara , John Cassavetes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Robert Phillips, John Kullers
  • Directors: John Cassavetes
  • Producers: Al Ruban, Sam Shaw, Maurice McEndree
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 750 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2FCPQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description


- High definition digital transfers

- Audio Commentaries from Peter Bogdanovich, Seymour Cassel, Producer Al Ruben, critic Tom Charity, sound recordist Bo Harwood and cameraman Mike Ferris.

- Audio interviews with Cassavetes

- Filmed interview with Seymour Cassel

- Booklet containing interviews with Gena Rowlands and Cassavetes, biogs

- Faces alternate opening, which features 17 min of footage not included in the final cut.

- Two versions of The Killing of A Chinese Bookie Cassavetes' original 135 minute cut as well as his subsequent 108 minute re-edit. Shadows (1959/B&W) Running time 81 mins approx

- Audio Commentary by Seymour Cassel and Tom Charity

- Silent rehearsal footage Faces (1968/B&W) Running time 124 mins approx

- Alternative Opening sequence

- Audio commentary on alternative opening sequence by Peter Bogdanovich and Producer Al Ruban

- Interview with Seymour Cassel A Woman Under The influence (1974/Col) Running time 140 mins approx

- Interview with Elaine Kagan (Cassavetes' assistant)

- Audio interview with John Cassavetes The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976 Original Version/1978 Re-release version/Col) Running time 135 (1976) & 108 mins (1978)

- Two versions of the film, Version 1 1976 and Version 2 1978

- Audio interview with John Cassavetes

- Audio commentary on selected scenes by Peter Bogdanovich and Al Ruban Opening Night (1977/Col) Running time 137 mins approx

- Audio interview with Cassavetes

- Audio Commentary by Tom Charity, cameraman Mike Ferris and sound recordist Bo Harwood

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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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