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Putty Hill: Two Disc Collector's Edition (2010)

Sky Ferreira , Matt Porterfield  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sky Ferreira
  • Directors: Matt Porterfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ71KY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, Putty Hill is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield. At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. Exquisitely shot and employing surprising documentary techniques, Putty Hill is one of the most exciting American indie films in years.

This two disc collector's edition also includes Hamilton (2006, 65 minutes) the debut film from Matt Porterfield. A delicate, beautiful work, Hamilton chronicles two summer days in the life of a young family: Lena, 17, and Joe, 20, two recent and accidental parents residing in a diverse suburban neighborhood in northeast Baltimore.

Disc One: PUTTY HILL (2011, 85 minutes)
- Audio Commentary featuring director Matt Porterfield, director of photography Jeremy Saulnier, editor Marc Vives and producer Steve Holmgren
- Deleted Scenes
- Metal Gods screen test, the inspiration for Putty Hill
- Making of Documentary (30 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two: HAMILTON (2006, 65 minutes)
- Deleted Scenes
- Union Docs: Richard Brody interview with Matt Porterfield
- Theatrical Trailer

Plus: Booklet featuring essays by by Andrew O'Hehir and Richard Brody


"A FRESH, VITAL AND EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING INDIE BREAKTHROUGH. I m just as excited about this film, and this filmmaker, as I was after seeing Stranger Than Paradise or She s Gotta Have It 25 years ago." --Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"A great, deep, powerful new indie film." --Roger Ebert

"A wondrous movie... Extraordinary... If there's an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there's a new director, here he is." --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Has It's Moments January 20, 2014
If you are a fan of naturalistic, documentary style footage of poor folks, this has it. If you demand plot and action, this doesn't have it. Since the subject is the funeral of a young man who overdosed on drugs, much of it consists of people commenting on his life and the relatives in general. There is even a strange post-wake party at a low budget karaoke bar and diner with a hired deejay. I hesitate to call this "poverty porn" but the backstory is nowhere near as compelling as "Winter's Bone" which was a must see. "Putty Hill" simply loses it's energy and focus halfway through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and entertaining July 9, 2013
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Good reality view of Baltimore life. Matt is destined to be a big name someday based on these movies so early in his career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully made movie February 8, 2013
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This is a 2-disc set of movies made by Matt Porterfield, a filmmaker living in Baltimore. He directed both films and either wrote or co-wrote both as well. His movies are artistic and are filmed in Baltimore. This collection also has some extras and commentaries by the director. These are well-made dramas, with strong visuals, about young people's lives in Baltimore. Highly recommended.
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