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DVD SAVANT

Ridley Scott Shows All And Tells All: DVD and Laser release reveal alternate ending for THELMA & LOUISE


As a special feature on the DVD and Laser releases of THELMA AND LOUISE, respected director Ridley Scott delivers a fascinating feature - length commentary on the making of the famous 'feminist buddy film'.

When Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon became TIME magazine cover girls in 1991, THELMA & LOUISE got a boost in public interest that insured it a permanent place in film history. An Oscar went to writer Callie Khouri for her clever and insightful screenplay, and the tale of the inadvertent female outlaws blazing across the Southwest became an icon for the early 90's. When eventually spoofed on TV's THE SIMPSONS, the pair carried with them a recognition factor so strong the cartoon writers had only to put two redheads in a T-Bird convertible to get their message across.

Home video viewers can get hear exactly what director Ridley Scott had on his mind, and behind his camera during the filming of THELMA & LOUISE. Fascinating in its detail, Scott's commentary goes beyond the usual technical talk to focus on his methods and his aims, and the creative processes he used to create this unique picture.

A particularly special bonus is the inclusion of the workprint of an unused alternate ending to the movie. As seen in the film proper, when the car goes over the cliff, it freeze-frames and dissolves to white. The workprint of an unused ending is quite a curiosity. Especially welcome is Scott's running commentary during this remakable footage, which is truly revealing of a director's reasoning when it comes to making choices between alternate scenes for such an impactful movie.

Like many DVD's THELMA & LOUISE has a menu that allows the viewer to watch the film with a selection of possible language audio tracks, subtitling and closed-captioning. Director Scott's commentary is simply 'switched on' in the menu section of the DVD when the viewer wants to hear it. On a 'normal' viewing, the soundtrack of the film plays back in 5.1 dolby digital sound.


Text © Copyright 1997 Glenn Erickson





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