The Caveman's Valentine [DVD] [2001]

Kasi Lemmons' Caveman's Valentine comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtracks are closed captioned. Supplemental material includes a commentary track with director Lemmons and editor Terilyn Shropshire, production notes, a theatrical trailer, and deleted scenes. Universal has done a fabulous job with this disc that will hopefully earn the film a wider audience than it found in theaters.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Feature commentary with director Kasi Lemmons and editor Terilyn Shropshire
  • Deleted scenes
  • Cast and filmmakers
  • Production notes
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis

The Caveman's Valentine
A man struggles back from madness to avenge the death of someone he knew in an intelligent thriller based on the acclaimed novel by George Dawes Green. Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) once had a career as an acclaimed concert pianist, a position at the Juilliard School of Music, and a loving wife and children. But Ledbetter's life has been devastated by paranoid schizophrenia; now homeless, Ledbetter wanders the streets of New York City as he rails against Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant, a man whom he believes controls all the evil in the world while following his movements from a perch atop the Chrysler Building. Most nights, Ledbetter takes shelter in a cave in Central Park, earning him the nickname "the Caveman." One morning, Ledbetter discovers a frozen corpse caught in the branches of a tree near his cave; the body is that of Scotty (Sean MacMahaon), a homeless drug addict who was close friends with his pal Matthew (Rodney Eastman). Ledbetter is determined to get justice for Scotty, and he's also eager to prove himself to his daughter Lulu (Aunjanue Ellis), now a New York City police officer. While Ledbetter is at first convinced that his nemesis Stuyvesant is responsible for Scotty's death, in time he focuses on another suspect: David Leppenraub (Colm Feore), a famous photographer known for his controversial erotic images of young men, who occasionally hired Scotty as a model. As Ledbetter attempts to investigate Leppenraub's possible role in the murder, he soon gains an unexpected ally -- Moira (Ann Magnuson), a noted sculptor and Leppenraub's sister. The Caveman's Valentine marked the major-studio debut for director Kasi Lemmons, who made an impressive debut in 1997 with the independent drama Eve's Bayou. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Samuel L. Jackson
    Samuel L. Jackson - Romulus Ledbetter
  • Colm Feore
    Colm Feore - David Leppenraub
  • Ann Magnuson
    Ann Magnuson - Moira
  • Aunjanue Ellis
    Aunjanue Ellis - Lulu
  • Rodney Eastman
    Rodney Eastman - Matthew
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