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Criterion Collection: George Washington [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V8TD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,697 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The film follows a group of friends in a small community in Carolina, and how the accidental death of Buddy, caused by George ,a member of the group affects them all.
They decide to hide Buddys' body and he is found later when George has tenderly washed him in the river and left him to be found.
We see their hopes for the future and their dissappointments , for some their desire to escape from the town. In this film the local young men who are repairing the railroad engine are just as aimless as the children, but are shown to be a friendly and supportive influence .
It's beautifully filmed, evocative of childhood concerns and natural acting from the cast. You,ll be thinking about it a long time after.
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So simple that it takes you to places that were innocent.
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I'm guessing this would go under the 'slice of life' genre. It's one of the most captivating films I've ever seen, yet still being one of the most meaningless ones at the same time.
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This is a lovely film which I saw when it was first released. Warm, quirky - real departure from the main stream. Its never been a cheap Dvd.

So what's the problem? Well the aspect ratio is supposed to be 2.35:1 which is fine but what they appear to have done here is not have bands along the top and bottom but also the sides as well! So a very small image centered in the middle of the screen. Also if you put it in your pc it tries to install software which I never find endearing
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e506e4c) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e44ab1c) out of 5 stars amazing debut film 2 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
David Gordon Green has created a lush, vibrant film showing not just immense potential, but genuine talent. Set in the deep south during the recession of the 1980's, GW captures the melancholy of childhood in a rarely (if never before) seen light. While obviously influenced by the great talent of Terrence Malick, Green's choice of cinematographer and talent demonstrate a fundamental understanding of film as a visual and sensory medium, and not a dumping ground for rehashed dialogue and filler about bad relationships with witty quips. Green throws aside the usual bad dialogue and poor camera work of most first time film makers, and finds language in imagery and visuals in dialogue. The exploration of heroism and simple responsibility are given appropriate weight, but with no small sense of the absurd (perhaps appropriate when dealing with the perspective of children). This is an excellent film, and should stoke the drive of all wannabe or potential first-time film-makers. The bar need not be set low just because of a constrained budget. Films can be made that are meaningful and well-shot without a $100K budget.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9772709c) out of 5 stars A poignant landscape of a dusty, delapidated South 9 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this film at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2000, and thought it one of the most original and haunting films I have seen in years. It is a very subjective, impressionistic and almost transcendental movie about a group of kids, and how they follow their own particular code of honour in the face of misfortune. Kind of like Harmony Korine but at an easier pace, and with more unity of vision.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e44ab04) out of 5 stars Hypnotic 16 Feb. 2003
By M. Boonstra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In one of the opening scenes of George Washington, a boy and a girl break up. There is not much else to this scene, which makes it like most breaks ups. It makes it like many of our experiences is childhood: they just happen. The movie George Washington, however, mixes such everyday happenings in a poor, rural/industrial landscape with a level of complexity that is suprising and revealing. The characters experience love, loss, friendship, joy, forgiveness, boredom, and a longing for something more. The characters like each other. Some are white, and most of them are black, but they are all friends. Every summer, kids all over the country experience the kinds of events that many kids experience, yet there is a tragedy that occurs in this movie that renders this story unique. Tragedy aside, George Washington is simply a beautiful and quiet film about one hot summer in the south and it's children.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977cd534) out of 5 stars A true Souther Gothic masterpiece 15 Oct. 2012
By Anthony D. West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first came to know of David Gordon Green from how crappy his recent movies have been by reading online reviews. However, what interested me enough to buy all of his early movies is that almost every single reviewer - really - was aghast at what they considered to be the next great American director creating such recent crap.

These reviewers in particular mentioned the movie George Washington as his great movie. I then purchased all of his early movies and I making my way through them, and they are great movies.

This movie was Green's first full-length and it is a beautiful, artistic, engrossing, tragic and ultimately relatable movie. The term Southern Gothic gets tossed around so much that it does not have much meaning anymore, and the most that people can say about these movies that they "aspire" to be Southern Gothic. George Washington is Southern Gothic - it is that simple.

What I was most struck by is the familiarity Green had with every aspect of this movie. From the decayed and dangeroud industrial sets and scenes, the unsupervised innocent children at play, the interaction of those in these towns that live to get by and little more. This was a beautiful story in Green's head from many pieces of his life that he made into a whole and complete narrative in this movie, and one gets the sense that like Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, this was a story that Green had been wanting to tell for some time.

A beautiful movie and great enought to deservedly be in the Criterion Collection.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977cdf3c) out of 5 stars I should like this film, but.... 18 Mar. 2007
By Grigory's Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
On paper, I should love this film. It has many thing I admire in films. It's beautifully shot in scope, it has a leisurely pace to it, and it's very understated at times. But it's also muddled, sloppily edited, incoherent, and the dialogue leaves something to be desired. The film has a real disjointed feel to it, and I don't think this is deliberate. David Gordon Green's follow up to this, All the Real Girls, had the same sloppy craftmanship that this film does, except that film has better performances. Some might say Green is attempting an expressionistic type of film, but he doesn't really pull it off. Directors who do make expressionistic films like this one was trying to be (Tarkovsky, Tarr, Sokurov, Kieslowski) do pull it off, and their films feel remarkably coherent, despite the ambiguity that exists in them. Here it doesn't work. Green gets points for making an independent film that really isn't like Hollywood at all (many indie films have an eye towards the mainstream), but it doesn't fully work.
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