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Mississippi Burning [DVD] [1988]

Release Date:05/08/2001
This controversial and hard-hitting drama has been given a lean but satisfying presentation on DVD. Mississippi Burning has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format, replicating the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and the image has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen televisions. The original English-language audio track has been presented in a Dolby Digital Surround mix; two alternate soundtracks are also included, a French version in Dolby Digital Surround and a Spanish track in Dolby Digital Mono. The film has been closed captioned in English, and also includes optional subtitles in Spanish and French. The disc also includes two notable bonus features: the film's original theatrical trailer and a commentary track in which director Alan Parker discusses the film.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 9)

    Special Features

    • Director's audio commentary
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • English: stereo Surround
    • French: stereo Surrond
    • Spanish: mono
    • French & Spanish subtitles


    Mississippi Burning
    Mississippi Burning is an all-names-changed dramatization of the Ku Klux Klan's murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of the three activists are FBI agents Gene Hackman (older, wiser) and Willem Dafoe (younger, idealistic). A Southerner himself, Hackman charms and cajoles his way through the tight-lipped residents of a dusty Mississippi town while Dafoe acts upon the evidence gleaned by his partner. Hackman solves the case by exerting his influence upon beauty-parlor worker Frances McDormand, who wishes to exact revenge for the beatings inflicted upon her by her Klan-connected husband Brad Dourif. Many critics took the film to task for its implication that the Civil Rights movement might never have gained momentum without its white participants; nor were the critics happy that the FBI was shown to utilize tactics as brutal as the Klan's. The title Mississippi Burning is certainly appropriate: nearly half the film is taken up with scenes of smoke and flame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gene Hackman
      Gene Hackman - Rupert Anderson
    • Willem Dafoe
      Willem Dafoe - Alan Ward
    • Frances McDormand
      Frances McDormand - Mrs. Pell
    • Brad Dourif
      Brad Dourif - Deputy Pell
    • R. Lee Ermey
      R. Lee Ermey - Mayor Tilman

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