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  • Actors: Nicholas Ray
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008X7IC8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The most complete restoration of legendary director Nicholas Ray's 1973 experimental masterpiece, made with his college students in upstate New York, WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN embodies Ray's approach to filmmaking as a "communal way of life." Ray plays himself in the film, serving as mentor, friend, and reference point around whom his students' stories of love, sex rebellion, and lost innocence constellate. Exhibiting Ray's groundbreaking use of multiple-image storytelling and dramatic colorization, the film takes an anthological angle on recording the "history, progress, manners, morals, and mores of everyday life" at a critical moment in 1970s America. Also includes DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH, a feature-length documentary by Nicholas Ray's wife Susan, investigates the making of WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN and the complex relationships within Ray's life and art. Drawing on his archive of never-before-seen film, video, and stills, as well as new interviews with directors Jim Jarmusch, Victor Erice, Ray's students, and others, Susan Ray provides a compelling and unparalleled exploration of the revered American auteur.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Anthony on January 10, 2013
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What a thrill it was to see these movies made available at last on video on Amazon. In fact, for the past three years, I regularly surfed Amazon in the event that "We Can't Go Home Again" would become available one day. And as a bonus, this DVD includes other short films made at this time of his career. I've seen nearly all of Nicholas Ray's films, but not these ones. Don't expect "Rebel Without a Cause" or "Johnny Guitar". The films on these discs are experimental and improvised collaborations conducted by Ray and his students, very talky but honest aand revealing. They are not easy to watch, at least in one sitting, but the conversations are compelling and even mesmerising, reflecting the political and social conditions of the times. These films are the bridge between Ray's main body of work and his collaborations with Wim Wenders. I will be watching these movies again and again as I am sure there is much more to be gained from multiple viewings of these multi-faceted rough diamonds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Sturch on December 30, 2013
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Having studied Nick Ray for years, reading both Susan Ray's memoir I Was Interrupted and the thoroughly researched tome by Bernard Eisenschitz, I was fascinated by the life and art known as Nicholas Ray. His beginnings with legends Alan Lomax studying and discovering American music and moving on into theatre with John Houseman, Ray emerged as a legendary director with the help of Elia Kazan. His work with James Dean and Dennis Hopper created a new school in film acting. He provided Bogart with arguably his greatest performance in In A Lonely Place. The footage presented on this DVD was something I only read about, always wanting to catch a glimpse of his workshops as Ray taught hands-on filmmaking at Harpur College. Being a teacher myself, I relate with the theory of learning by doing as we see Ray collaborating with his students. Amazing stuff. One of my favorite directors of all time. This is a great look into the creative process. Thank you Susan Ray!
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