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Clean, Shaven (The Criterion Collection)
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Criterion's DVD release of Clean, Shaven is far superior to Fox Lorber's DVD release from 2000. In addition to an all-new, high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Lodge Kerrigan, the DVD also includes a feature-length commentary/interview between Kerrigan and fellow director Steven Soderbergh, who became fast friends and colleagues after they met at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. An astute interviewer in his own right, Soderbergh (who served as an executive producer of Kerrigan's 2004 film Keane) grills Kerrigan on all aspects of the making of Clean, Shaven and the various circumstances that directors must be prepared to deal with, from working with children to creatively accommodating the limitations of a "no-budget" production. Film critic Michael Atkinson contributes an audio-visual essay titled "A Subjective Assault," focusing specifically on Kerrigan's highly effective use of sound to convey the symptoms and disorienting reality of schizophrenia, and how this innovative soundtrack plays into the film's overall audio-visual strategy. Also included are eight segments of the film's original soundtrack, downloadable as MP3 files, and a booklet essay on the film by film critic Dennis Lim. --Jeff Shannon
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Commentary featuring Steven Soderbergh interviewing director Lodge Kerrigan
- "A Subjective Assault: Lodge Kerrigan's Clean, Shaven" - A new video essay, written and narrated by critic Michael Atkinson
- The film's soundtrack and selections from the film's final sound design (MP3 downloads)
- Booklet with a new essay by Dennis Lim
Top Customer Reviews
(No less an authority than Roger Ebert named it one of his ten best films of 1994).
Kerrigan's debut(!) film... takes us straight inside the head of a recently released schizophrenic. I can't recall the last time a film took me so far into the mind of a character. It's a sad commentary on our society that the airbrushed, cleaned-up "A Beautiful Mind" is getting so much attention for its Hollywoodized portrayal of schizophrenia while few people have ever heard of this far better film. Not for the easily frightened, to be sure (the fingernail scene is with me still), but for those who still care about filmmaking as more than just mindless entertainment, it's here.
My only disappointment with the DVD is that we don't get commentaries from either Kerrigan or Greene, which would have been absolutely fascinating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I I like that the movie shows him with a chip in his head. They put one in my brain too, now it is giving me dizziness..They are giving me an eeg. I hope they will remove it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Cassandra
I am a professional counselor. I appreciated the graphic (though disturbing) content of this video. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ed Kozeny
A guy has mental problems, goes to stay with his mother, and acts sullenly for about an hour and a half. Where's the drama? Where's the humor? Where's the suspense? Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by R.K.
Lodge Kerrigan made a demolishing study about the schizophrenia around the figure of a very disturbed man n his early thirties who had a beautiful girl of ten years old. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
Three and a half stars actually. Interesting choice for Criterion. The mood is similar to "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" but thats where similarity ends. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by TelegramSam
Had to purchase this book for a college course. I thought it was morbid and at first was a bit confused. Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by R. M. GONZALEZ
This indie film about a schizophrenic man just released from a mental institution who goes looking for his daughter is powerful and raises multiple issues - that of our treatment... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by Jack M. Walter
I was already fascinated with Peter Greene, so in checking out his filmography I came across this film. Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by Heather Clark