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Krippendorf's Tribe [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:06/04/2002
Todd Holland directs Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy Krippendorf's Tribe, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a bare-bones release from Disney/Buena Vista that, due to the lack of a widescreen transfer, is difficult to recommend to the average DVD consumer.
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    Krippendorf's Tribe
    Todd Holland directed this Charlie Peters adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel. Respected anthropologist James Krippendorf (Richard Dreyfuss) and his wife, Jennifer (Barbara Williams), bring their three children along during their failed search in New Guinea for a lost tribe. After Jennifer's death, James reaches a zero point back in the U.S., having spent all his foundation grant money raising the kids as a single parent. Scheduled to lecture at a college and fearful he could be charged with misuse of grant funds, James concocts an imaginary tribe, the Shelmikedmu, and fakes a 16 mm "documentary" film, casting his children as tribe members and editing in footage of a legit New Guinea tribe. Anthropologist Veronica Micelli (Jenna Elfman) contacts cable-TV producer Henry Spivey (David Ogden Stiers), forcing James to continue creating fraudulent footage as the rival Ruth Allen (Lily Tomlin) gets suspicious. It seems a shame this racially insensitive film was made, while the once-announced plans to film anthropologist Kenneth Good's nonfiction Into the Heart (Simon & Schuster, 1991) never led to a production. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Richard Dreyfuss
      Richard Dreyfuss - James Krippendorf
    • Jenna Elfman
      Jenna Elfman - Veronica Micelli
    • Natasha Lyonne
      Natasha Lyonne - Shelly
    • Gregory Smith
      Gregory Smith - Mickey
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      Carl Michael Lindner - Edmund

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