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Film-Fest DVD - Issue 3 - Toronto

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In this issue, head north to Canada as FILM-FEST takes you to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Go inside the world of independent film-guru Jim Jarmusch, meet documentary innovator Errol Morris and sneak a peek behind the scenes with Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito, Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. Then, check out an hour of the best short films from today's festival circuit including Ewan McGregor in Desserts, Academy Award nominated hand-painted animation, When The Day Breaks, and 40 minute festival favorite, Dolphins. (Short films included in issue 3 include - Desserts (Jeff Stark), When The Day Breaks (Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis), The Robber (Michael Mayer), Dolphins (Farhad Yawari). In "Coming Soon" preview James Toback's Black & White, Forrest Whittaker in Ghost Dog and Liv Tyler and Ray Fiennes in Onegin.

DVD Extras include Alternate Audio Tracks, Production Notes, Advanced Web-Connectivity, Pop-up festival facts, interactive menus, filmographies and more.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Julia Brendler, Harry Connick Jr., Marco Hofschneider, Jim Jarmusch
  • Directors: Amanda Forbis, Farhad Yawari, Jeff Stark, Michael Mayer, Wendy Tilby
  • Writers: Farhad Yawari, Jeff Stark, Wendy Tilby
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, AC-3, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BroadcastDVD
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SU12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Film-Fest DVD - Issue 3 - Toronto" on IMDb

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By A Customer on July 11, 2000
This DVD is alright, but nothing special. It is a compilation of interviews, documentaries, and short films from and about the Toronto Film Festival. There are four shorts. The first is called "Desserts" and it has Ewan McGregor. It is really short and sort of surprising in the end, but it wasn't anything great. The second is "When the Day Breaks" and it is a crudely drawn cartoon with a plot impossible to follow. The third short is "The Robber" and it is a nice little film about a robber that gets trapped in his victim's house. It is slightly humorous and I found it quite entertaining. The last short is "Dolphins". It is a little artsy fartsy, but it is pretty good. It is forty minutes long, with no speech or dialog. But the characters communicate through looks and actions. "Dolphins" is a very good film with camera work like you wouldn't believe. It is pretty easy to follow too. The problem with this is the fact that on the front cover is has Natalie Portman's name and on the back, it has her picture, but the interview with Natalie and Susan Sarandon is very brief and Natalie only says one line in the whole thing. So if you're a fan of short films, go ahead and buy this, if you're a Natalie Portman stalker, go ahead and skip this one.
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I have every collection published so far of short films on DVD, and this disk contains two of my absolute favorites. "Dolphins" is a stunning masterpiece of cinematography and scoring, exceeding the best hollywood production values. "Desserts" is also an all-time favorite, but I won't say any more or it will spoil the surprise! The film festival footage is also fun, but it's the short films themselves that will keep you watching this DVD again and again. An excellent choice if you're new to the short film medium, and want to see some magnificent examples of what freedom from Hollywood can empower independent filmmakers to create.
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I originally bought this DVD for Natalie and it's true...she's not in it for very long. There's only a short excerpt of her at a press conference promoting Anywhere But Here.
But while exploring the DVD, I saw the short film, "Dolphins" which blew me away. It stars the beautifully shot Julia Brendler who is absolutely stunning as a patient trapped in a mental hospital, longing for the sea. The score is the narration and dialogue in this "silent" movie and it makes for an incredibly moving 40 minutes.
Nat fans, do NOT pass up on this dvd. Take the chance and you won't be disappointed. For me, this was one of life's nice surprises and I want to pass on the good fortune.
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