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Gray's Anatomy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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One of the great raconteurs of stage and screen, Spalding Gray (Swimming to Cambodia), came together with one of cinema’s boldest image-makers, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), for Gray's Anatomy, a spellbinding adaptation of Gray’s 1993 monologue of the same name (cowritten with Renée Shafransky). In it, Gray, with typical sardonic relish, chronicles his arduous journey through the diagnosis and treatment of a rare and alarming ocular condition. For the monologist, this experience occasioned a meditation on illness and mortality, medicine and metaphysics; for the filmmaker, it was a chance to experiment with ways of bringing his subject’s words to brilliant, eye-opening life.

Special Features

  • New high definition digital transfer, supervised by director Steven Soderbergh
  • New interviews with Soderbergh and cowriter Renee Shafransky
  • A Personal History of the American Theater, a monologue by Spalding Gray
  • Theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Spalding Gray
    • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
    • Run Time: 79 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B007N5YJT8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2013
    Format: DVD
    once you get it, you will never forget it: to wit, how unique and singular it is to be a great storyteller. we discover this by the way this show opens. a slew of people from everyday life tell their stories of how an eye condition altered their lives. i found myself nodding off as i sat through this, admiring the infrared film but finding the rest of it yawn inducing. then i was electrified by spalding gray's coming onscreen. by solely using his monolog skills, he holds me spellbound while he relates his eye injury story. it is a story i will never forget because its telling sears it into my memory.

    it was sad to realize anew what a huge talent we lost with his suicide in 2004. ironically, with life later imitating art, spalding gray was in a serious car collision after he filmed this. he could not handle the pain, the constant physical therapy, the constant use of crutchess, etc., this in part led to his suicide. in this film we watch his hysteria over the prospect of a low risk eye surgery for the not painful condition of macular puckering in the eye. he was a complete mess over this eye problem alone but in a very woody allen like neurotic way.

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    Monologue, a word that is defined as a soliloquy; a dramatic sketch performed by one actor; the routine of a stand-up comic.

    The late Spalding Gray. The WASP from Rhode Island, the actor who had parts in the films "The Killing Fields", "Beaches", "Kate & Leopold" and TV series such as "The Nanny" and "Saturday Night Live", was known for his acting and written work in autobiographical monologue.

    From his experience filming in Southeast Asia, he wrote "Swimming to Cambodia" in 1985 which received its film adaptation in 1987. The monologue would earn Gray a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Book Award in 1985.

    Spalding Gray would continue to gain prominence from his monologue work and his first and only novel "Impossible Vacation", Gray was seen as the ultimate storyteller, possibly one of America's greatest raconteurs. A man with an amazing gift of writing and performing with humor and openness. But also a man who battled with hereditary depression.

    But life for Spalding Gray would take its turn in 2001. While vacationing in Ireland, Gray would suffer severe injuries in a car accident. Injuries to his body and to his brain and the bout with depression was too much for him to take.

    Also, the events of September 11th would also take its toll on a depressed Spalding Gray and would write an open letter to New York City for his unfinished final monologue.

    In 2004, after watching Tim Burton's "Big Fish", according to Gray's widow, Kathie Russo, "You know, Spalding cried after he saw that movie. I just think it gave him permission. I think it gave him permission to die."

    Spalding Gray went missing and his body was found several months later in the East River.
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