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Pleasantville (1998)

Director: Gary Ross     Starring: Reese Witherspoon Tobey Maguire
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40110000
UPC: 794043472824
UPC 14: 00794043472824
Category Keywords: Teenagers  Theatrical Release  Time Travel
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Nothing is as simple as black and white.
Life imitates art when two modern-day teenagers get sucked into the too-perfect, black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom. Trapped and trying to find a way home, the two find themselves bringing color to the lives of pleasantville's rigid, naive townspeople.

"An ingenious fantasy...great fun!  Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"...excellent performances and striking visual design...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...one of the year's best and most original films...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
Two modern American teenagers are sucked into their television set and end up living in a black-and-white fifties sitcom. Bewildered by their new world's naivete and innocence, they slowly start to add color and spice to the town's life. Eventually, however, they begin to question their influence, wondering if their advanced 90's attitudes are really that much better than those of the innocent past. Sterling effects and stand-out performances make this commentary on modern life a poignant, entertaining effort.

Features

Video Features DVD, Platinum Series

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/1/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 4728
Video UPC UPC: 00794043472824
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Don Knotts
Video Cast Info J.T. Walsh
Video Cast Info Jeff Daniels
Video Cast Info Joan Allen
Video Cast Info Reese Witherspoon
Video Cast Info Tobey Maguire
Video Cast Info William H. Macy
Video Cast Info Gary Ross - Director
Video Cast Info John Lindley - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Randy Newman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Gary Ross - Producer
Video Cast Info Gary Ross - Writer

Awards


Oscar (1999)
   Video Award Name Jay Hart, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction--Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...The film is a technical marvel....A visionary adventure..." 11/12/1998 p.121-2

Sight and Sound
"...PLEASANTVILLE's ideas are visual and cinematic as well as theoretical, making it glorious entertainment..." 03/??/1999 p.49-50

Total Film
"...Gorgeous effects and a top-notch cast....A funny, feelgood Hollywood movie..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 10/01/1999 p.98

USA Today
"...Visually impressive..." 11/20/1998 p.6E

New York Times
"...[An] ingenious fantasy....Ms. Witherspoon turns in a deliciously naughty performance..." 10/23/1998 p.E23

Box Office
"...Winsome and witty....PLEASANTVILLE cleverly satirizes those who preach the values of rigid family values and conformity..." 11/01/1998 p.138

Los Angeles Times
"...Color and black and white exist magically and seamlessly in the same frames....PLEASANTVILLE further illustrates how limitless the future is for the inventive use of new technologies..." 10/23/1998 p.C1

Wall Street Journal
"PLEASANTVILLE sparkles with poetic notions as color spreads throughout the town." 03/22/2012

Dallas Observer 8 of 10
[Writer/Directorr Gary Ross has] taken the ancient comedy riff of the fish-out-of-water and refashioned it as a hilarious but surprisingly dark allegory about sexual repression and social intolerance. The satiric messages sneak up on you, but they arrive just the same... this uncommonly clever, surprisingly poignant fairy tale packs a social wallop that we're not quite prepared for. - Bill Gallo

Boxoffice Magazine 8 of 10
...William H. Macy and Joan Allen are impeccable, nailing their characters' obliviousness without dehumanizing them... Pleasantville cleverly satirizes those who preach the virtues of rigid family values and conformity, but avoids controversy by wrapping its message up in a delightful and brilliant special effects-laden package. - Shlomo Schwartzberg

San Francisco Examiner 7 of 10
Maguire and Witherspoon are outstanding as the youngsters; and Macy and Allen are a fine casting stroke, with Allen in particular bringing touching overtones to what could have been a one-note role. Daniels also offers unexpected poignancy. The director and special-effects team also deserve credit for their handling of color; not only is it technically remarkable but it becomes a key element in the story-telling. If you focus on the slow colorization, you see less of the innocuous satire and more that's mysterious and dreamlike. - Walter Addiego

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