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A four-disc box set with four feature films—SPEAKING PARTS, CALENDAR, NEXT OF KIN and FAMILY VIEWING— from Atom Egoyan, the four-time Cannes Film Festival winner and Oscar-nominated writer and director of THE SWEET HEREAFTER, EXOTICA & WHERE THE TRUTH LIES. The box also includes three rare shorts, feature audio commentaries, deleted scenes, photo essays, video interviews, behind-the-scenes material and a documentary.

Special Features

  • (4-Disc Set):
  • SPEAKING PARTS (1989)
  • Director commentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • Director interview and biofilmography
  • Photo gallery
  • Optional English and French subtitles
  • CALENDAR (1993)
  • Documentary on Egoyan
  • Commentary by Egoyan and star Arsinee Khanjian
  • TV interview
  • Director biofilmography
  • Church photo essay
  • Optional English subtitles
  • FAMILY VIEWING (1987)
  • Three rare short films: HOWARD IN PARTICULAR (1979), PEEPSHOW (1981) and OPEN HOUSE (1982)
  • Director feature commentary
  • Behind the scenes
  • Photo gallery
  • NEXT OF KIN (1984)

Product Details

  • Actors: Arsinée Khanjian, David Hemblen, Michael McManus, Gabrielle Rose, Patrick Tierney
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000CCD1VQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,158 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Essential Atom Egoyan Box Set" on IMDb

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 20, 2006
Let me preface this review by saying that prior to watching this box set, I already felt as if Atom Egoyan was one of our most important filmmakers. "The Sweet Hereafter" is a modern movie masterpiece--so complex, so haunting. "Exotica" is another one of my favorites, among the best of it's year. I haven't loved every other fim of Egoyan's, but I have always admired his point of view, narrative structuring, and willingness to challenge his audience--something all too rare these days.

This set includes four of his earlier works from 1984 through 1993, as well as a few shorts dating back to 1979. I realize that not many people will accidentally stumble upon and then buy these films. They will likely be sought out by people who are discovering the talented Mr. Egoyan or who have long held him in esteem. Either way, the films are a crash course in filmmaking--standing both as entertaining features and showcasing the evolution of a filmmaker's voice.

I will not review each film seperately, just offer a comment or two as succinctly as possible. They are all tied together by similar themes--that reality is what we make of it. And in each, the video/film medium plays an integral part. The camera is a character.

"Next of Kin" is a charming, sweet little film about the nature of families, and the choices we make. An earlier work, it's an entertaining diversion that would rate 3 stars on it's own.
"Calender" seems to be a very personal film. It is a love letter, of sorts, to Armenia and to Egoyan's wife--actress Arsinee Khanjian. It is more experimental in nature and sophisticated, but probably not for everyone's taste. I'd also rate it 3 stars--though it's much more ambitious.
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