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What's also beautiful is the Criterion Collection's treatment of the film's DVD debut. The director-approved transfer successfully conveys the warmth of the film's palette of oranges and browns, and preserves the whimsical atmospherics of the yodeling country music soundtrack. Many members of the original crew contribute their fond memories to the documentary features, which include a conversation between Phoenix's sister Rain and producer Laurie Parker. There are also two lengthy audio-only conversations--one between Van Sant and Velvet Goldmine director Todd Haynes, and another between author J.T. Leroy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette about their experiences on the street. The deleted scenes mostly suggest alternate endings that Van Sant wisely left on the cutting room floor. A superb example of a beloved film on DVD. --Ryan Boudinot
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Keanu and River
Gus Van Sant
It's a sad, painful, haunting, and beautiful film.
I was slightly disappointed and depressed by the ending, which is extremely inconclusive, but i suppose movies don't always need a conclusive ending to make them good.
River Phoenix is so incredibly good in this movie that you could swear he was not acting.
Keanu Reeves is my very favorite actor, but this movie is too bad for words.Published 2 days ago by Minderella
And what about the Blu-ray? The best way to keep a masterpiece at home.Published 1 month ago by Francisco
it was definitely identifiable for that era of movies. worth a watchPublished 4 months ago by Jennifer F.
Loved it. Bittersweet because of the lovely late River Phoenix:( Great story and very realistic and believable. I love Keanu Reeves also.Published 5 months ago by Sonya Hopkins