Pollock [Special Edition] [DVD] [2000]

Pollock, the portrait of the troubled and self-destructive artist Jackson Pollock, makes its way to DVD and Columbia/TriStar should be commended for the fine disc they've produced. The image, which uses an anamorphic transfer framed at 1.85:1, is outstanding, with only a small number of distracting elements. Colors are bright and well saturated, but the most effective part of the transfer might just be the flesh tones, which are near perfectly reproduced. The 5.0 English track is certainly adequate for a film like this, though there is no use of the surrounds and only a limited amount of sound from the front left and right speakers. As for extra material, this disc has a good selection of rather impressive features. First up is a commentary track from the very soft-spoken director/actor Ed Harris. Though at times he mumbles and is difficult to understand, his love for art and filmmaking is evident. Equally important, though relatively short, is an excellent 20-minute featurette covering many aspects of the production. Also included is the Charlie Rose interview with Harris where he goes into even more detail about his passion for the artist and the desire to get this project made. Four deleted scenes, along with two trailers and some filmographies, round out this nice special edition.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Widescreen presentation
  • Audio: English 5.0 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Ed Harris commentary
  • Making-of documentary
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Link to website
  • Charlie Rose interview with Ed Harris
  • Deleted scenes
  • Filmographies
  • Interactive menus
  • Production notes
  • Scene selections

Synopsis

Pollock
Artist Jackson Pollock revolutionized American painting in the 1940's with his exciting abstract canvases that used dripped and splattered paint in a manner at once excitingly physical and structurally intelligent. While Pollock became a heroic figure in the art world, his private life was nothing to envy, and this biography looks at both his professional triumphs and personal tragedies. In 1941, Pollock (Ed Harris) was a bitter and struggling painter when he met Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), a fellow artist with whom he was appearing in a joint gallery show. Krasner was intrigued by Pollock, and immediately sensed the importance of his work; they quickly became lovers, and as Krasner realized his superior talent, she began devoting herself to promoting Pollock's work. When Peggy Guggenheim (Amy Madigan) agreed to present a show of Pollock's paintings at her Art of This Century gallery, his name was made, and a profile in Life magazine solidified his reputation as one of the art world's most important figures. But success did not bring Pollock peace of mind; while he long had a taste for alcohol, his new fame sent his drinking out of control, and his infidelity with numerous women (including Guggenheim) eventually destroyed his relationship with Krasner. Pollock was the first feature directed by actor Ed Harris, who also plays the title role; the cast also includes Val Kilmer as artist Willem de Kooning and Jennifer Connelly as Ruth Kligman, one of Pollock's lovers. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris - Jackson Pollock
  • Marcia Gay Harden
    Marcia Gay Harden - Lee Krasner
  • Amy Madigan
    Amy Madigan - Peggy Guggenheim
  • Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly - Ruth Kligman
  • Jeffrey Tambor
    Jeffrey Tambor - Clement Greenberg
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