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Ratcatcher [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:09/10/2002
A new addition to the coveted Criterion collection is the import Ratcatcher. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and sports a very passable image. While there are a few imperfections to be found on this transfer -- including some grain and a small amount of edge enhancement -- overall Criterion has done a fine job of making sure the colors and black levels are all even and well saturated. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in English. Certainly this isn't the most overwhelming sound mix ever produced, though in actuality it serves the film well with crystal-clear dialogue, music, and effects. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Fans of the film will be delighted to see a few extra features added onto this edition of Ratcatcher -- starting off this disc is a fascinating 22-minute interview with director Lynne Ramsay recounting her days as a director and how the film came into being. Fans won't want to miss Ramsay's insights into making movies and what it takes to work in the medium of celluloid. Three short films (Kill the Day, Small Deaths, and Gasman) offer a unique look into the director's past efforts and feature rough, interesting stories backed by very low budgets. Finally, there is a photo gallery and a theatrical trailer for the film.

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    Special Features

    • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions and approved by Lynne Ramsay
    • Video interview with Lynne Ramsay
    • Three award-winning short films by Lynne Ramsay: Small Deaths (1995), Kill the Day (1996), Gasman (1997)
    • Stills gallery
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


    Lynne Ramsay's debut feature Ratcatcher is a gritty but often lyrical portrait of a boy growing up on the wrong side of the Scottish tracks. James (William Eadie) is a 12-year-old coming of age in a rough working-class section of Glasgow. Something of a misfit, James has only two close friends, Margaret Anne (Leanne Mullen), an older girl whose need to be loved often leads her into ill-advised sexual episodes with the neighborhood boys, and Kenny (John Miller), a half-bright kid who loves animals but isn't sure what went wrong when he tried to send his pet mouse into space. One day, James gets into a fight with another boy near a canal that runs through town. James accidentally knocks the boy into the water and he drowns; James is too scared to tell anyone, but the incident weighs heavily on him, adding further tension to an already strained relationship with his alcoholic father. Lynne Ramsay's previous short films won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, which led to Ratcatcher's being screened in the "Un Certain Regard" series at Cannes in 1999. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      William Eadie - James
    • Mandy Matthews
      Mandy Matthews - Ma
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      Michelle Stewart - Ellen
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      Lynne Ramsay Jr. - Anne Marie
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      Leanne Mullen - Margaret Anne

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