Daddy Longlegs

Edition no. 1138

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Mining the emotional sense memories of their own fractured childhoods, Josh and Benny Safdie craft a by turns empathetic and disquieting portrait of parental dysfunction poised between fierce love and terrifying irresponsibility. Manic Manhattan movie theater projectionist Lenny (cowriter and longtime Safdie collaborator Ronald Bronstein) is perhaps the last person who should be raising kids, yet here he is, trying (and failing) to keep it together as his life unravels over the two whirlwind weeks that he has custody of his young boys (real-life brothers Sage and Frey Ranaldo), with an impromptu road trip, a sleeping-pill mishap, and a night in jail all part of the chaos. Vérité New York naturalism gives way to flights of surreal lyricism in Daddy Longlegs, a blearily impressionistic anti–fairy tale that finds unexpected humanity in the seemingly most irredeemable of fathers.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English 2.0 PCM Stereo
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50
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Supplements

  • New interviews with actors Sage and Frey Ranaldo and their parents, photographer Leah Singer and musician Lee Ranaldo
  • Documentary from 2017 about the Safdies
  • Footage of Sage and Frey Ranaldo’s first meeting with actor Ronald Bronstein
  • Making-of program
  • There’s Nothing You Can Do (2008), a short film by the Safdies featuring members of the Daddy Longlegs cast and crew
  • Deleted scenes
  • Promotional films
  • Trailer
  • A 2009 print interview with the Safdies

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