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Woman Under the Influence - Available ONLY as Part of 8 Disc Set: "John Cassavetes: Five Films"

John Cassavetes is arguably the most important person in modern American independent film. His masterpiece, A Woman Under the Influence, centers on a Los Angeles woman, brilliantly played by Gena Rowlands, her husband played Peter Falk, their family, and the slow, painful, and shattering breakdown of Ms. Rowland in one of the great perfomances in American Cinema.

Selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry of American Film.


DVD - The Criterion Collection - 8 Disc Set

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • New high-definition digital transfers of all films, with restored image and sound and (where applicable) enhanced for 16:9 televisions
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Eight-Disc Box Set includes the following films:
  • Shadows, 1959, 81 minutes, 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Faces, 1968, 130 minutes, 1.66:1 aspect ratio
  • A Woman Under the Influence, 1974, 147 minutes, 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 1976, 135 & 108 minute versions, 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Opening Night, 1977, 144 minutes, 144 minutes, 1.66:1 aspect ratio
  • A Constant Forge, 2000, 200 minutes, 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Bonus Features include:
  • New interviews with Cassavetes collaborators Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, Lelia Goldoni, Lynn Carlin, and Al Ruban
  • Two versions of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: Cassavetes' original 135-minute cut as well as his subsequent 108-minute re-edit
  • Faces alternate opening: 17 minutes of footage revealing the most significant differences of the two version's opening sequences
  • Cineastes de notre temps: a 48 minute episode from the French television series dedicated to Cassavetes
  • Workshop footage: rare silent clips from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, from which Shadows emerged
  • Audio commentary on A Woman Under the Influence by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris
  • Restoration demonstration for Shadows
  • Lighting & Shooting the Film: a study of techniques and equipment used in Faces by Al Ruban
  • Stills galleries: rare behind-the-scenes photos, publicity shots, and posters
  • Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes frequently cast in his films, written by Tom Charity (John Cassavetes: Lifeworks)
  • Plus: a 68-page book featuring new essays on Cassavetes and the films by writers/critics Gary Giddins, Stuart Klawans, Kent Jones, Phillip Lopate, Dennis Lim, and director Charles Kiselyak, as well as reprinted writings by and interviews with Cassavetes, and tributes to the filmmaker by diector Martin Scorcese, Cassavetes' secretary Elaine Kagan, and novelist Jonathan Lethem

Curator's Comments:
Roger Ebert's essay on this DVD Classic.

Director: John Cassavetes
155 minutes/945 minutes
Released: 1974/2004
Rated: R

Country: U.S.A.
Language: English
Genre: Drama


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