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Format: DVD
Sku: 217550898
UPC: 896602002265
UPC 14: 00896602002265
Category Keywords: Animated/Live-Action  Poets  Scandal  True Story  Writers
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY MILK filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman make an ambitious leap to narrative film with this hybrid of live-action drama and animation. HOWL divides its focus between the real-life obscenity trial of the eponymous poem by Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) and the epic poem itself, which is brought to life in animated form. This film also stars David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, and Mary-Louise Parker.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/14/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 84 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00896602002265
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info James Franco
Video Cast Info David Strathairn
Video Cast Info Jon Hamm
Video Cast Info Bob Balaban
Video Cast Info Jeff Daniels
Video Cast Info Mary-Louise Parker
Video Cast Info Alessandro Nivola
Video Cast Info Jon Prescott
Video Cast Info Todd Rotondi
Video Cast Info Aaron Tveit
Video Cast Info Rob Epstein - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Friedman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Rob Epstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Friedman - Producer
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Redleaf - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Redleaf - Producer
Video Cast Info Christine Walker - Producer
Video Cast Info Gus Van Sant - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jawal Nga - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ed Lachman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Rob Epstein - Director
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Friedman - Director

Professional Reviews

Hollywood Reporter
"It's a heady flight into not just a particular poem but into the act of creativity itself, into how an artist breaks down barriers between himself and his art." 01/21/2010

"Intelligent and highly respectful of its central character and his titular landmark poem....It's also an intriguing hybrid of documentary, narrative and animated filmmaking..." 01/21/2010

A.V. Club
"[E]ach of HOWL's individual parts is pretty good on its terms. Franco has Ginsberg's familiar intonation and mannerisms down." -- Grade:B 09/23/2010

New York Times
"HOWL does something that sounds simple until you consider how rarely it occurs in films of any kind. It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive." 09/24/2010

"[T]he directors' aim is true and occasionally hits its mark. Epstein and Friedman fuse elements of documentary, feature filmmaking, and animation to home in on how Ginsberg wrote HOWL, and why it made him famous." 09/22/2010

Los Angeles Times
"[T]he film of HOWL, like its source material, is undeniably brave, committed and inventive." 10/01/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film is above all about HOWL the poem. Ginsberg, played by James Franco with restraint and care, reads it as smoke fills a 1955 coffeehouse." 09/29/2010

Washington Post
3 stars out of 4 -- "James Franco delivers an impressive, beguilingly sensitive performance as the poet and Beat Generation avatar Allen Ginsberg in HOWL." 10/29/2010

3 stars out of 5 -- "The strongest strand is Franco's touching portrayal of the early years in '50s New York. He channels Ginsberg with deftness and sympathy..." 03/01/2011

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he hippest thing about HOWL is the way it conveys one poem's electrifying impact on its generation. You'll wish you could've been there to hear it yourself." 04/01/2011

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