999 Matewan

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swo17
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999 Matewan

#1 Post by swo17 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:02 pm

Matewan

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Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners' struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. When the town of Matewan's miners go on strike, organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his screen debut) arrives to help them, uniting workers white and black, Appalachia-born and immigrant, while urging patience in the face of the coal company's violent provocations. With a crackerjack ensemble cast—including James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and Will Oldham—and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler, Matewan taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Sayles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring Sayles and cinematographer Haskell Wexler
• New documentary on the making of the film featuring Sayles, producer Maggie Renzi, production designer Nora Chavooshian, and actors Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, and David Strathairn
• New interview with composer Mason Daring on the film's soundtrack
• New program on the film's production design featuring Chavooshian
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah

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Randall Maysin
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Re: 999 Matewan

#2 Post by Randall Maysin » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:03 pm

Now bring on Lone Star!

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Re: 999 Matewan

#3 Post by beamish14 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:22 pm

One of the finest American films of the 80's, and it's outrageous that it took so long so replace the atrocious Artisan DVD.

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Re: 999 Matewan

#4 Post by swo17 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:23 pm

Which wasn't even in widescreen

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Re: 999 Matewan

#5 Post by beamish14 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:30 pm

swo17 wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:23 pm
Which wasn't even in widescreen
Correct. So happy that John Dahl's The Last Seduction also got rescued from that awful company. Still waiting for someone to
liberate After Dark, My Sweet from them.

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Professor Wagstaff
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Re: 999 Matewan

#6 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:34 pm

Terrific news. Here's hoping Criterion rescues more Sayles films like City of Hope or Passion Fish. He's in dire need of a critical revival.

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Re: 999 Matewan

#7 Post by beamish14 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:36 pm

Professor Wagstaff wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Terrific news. Here's hoping Criterion rescues more Sayles films like City of Hope or Passion Fish. He's in dire need of a critical revival.

Absolutely. City of Hope was restored by Sony (presumably in 4k). I don't know what the Blu-Ray holdout is.

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Re: 999 Matewan

#8 Post by ando » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:15 pm

Great news. One of my favorite films. The extras don't look especially intriguing or novel but the restoration alone is worth the investment. I don't even remember the soundtrack (probably a good thing).

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Re: 999 Matewan

#9 Post by dda1996a » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:38 pm

Guess I'm a lone in not liking it very much (mostly because of the script; cast and cinematography are excellent), but I would love more Sayles, especially his 90s stuff which I'm dying to see

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Re: 999 Matewan

#10 Post by LostHighway » Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:30 pm

Professor Wagstaff wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Terrific news. Here's hoping Criterion rescues more Sayles films like City of Hope or Passion Fish. He's in dire need of a critical revival.
I completely agree. Matewan is probably my favorite among the Sayles films I've seen but I would love to see Eight Men Out, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, and City of Hope also in good blu-ray releases. Regrettably I've never seen Passion Fish or Men With Guns. Some of Sayles early films can be a bit clunky in execution but I find them enjoyable despite that.

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Re: 999 Matewan

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