American History X

American History X

Edward Norton
Director: Tony Kaye Cast: Edward Norton
Edward Norton
, Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong
, Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
Tony Kaye

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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This release of American History X is a testament to the fact that New Line devotes most of its time and efforts to its "platinum series," and while that particular line of releases is among the best to be found, it's an unfortunate side effect that other deserving films such as this one get neglected in the process. Subject matter so volatile and controversial could easily justify an entire second disc's worth of bonus material, yet the only supplements present here are a few deleted scenes (only one of which is truly worthwhile), the theatrical trailer, and cast and crew biographies. What is lacking in the extras department, however, is made up for in the quality of the video presentation. This is the widescreen version of the film, presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and although it hasn't been enhanced anamorphically, it's a beautiful transfer nevertheless. Interestingly, the film is shot on both black-and-white and color film stock, which is difficult to balance properly under any circumstances, but here the two styles are mixed perfectly: the colors are bright, vibrant, and sharply defined, while the black-and-white sections are beautifully shot, with deep, dark, grainless blacks. The quality does justice to the cinematography of Tony Kaye, who also directs. The disc's audio presentation isn't overwhelming due to the generally subdued tone of the film, but the digital 5.1 mix is very nicely balanced, making good use of the center channel to cleanly convey the dialogue while relegating the ambient sounds to the rear channels. Overall, this is another instance where a special edition release is probable at some point in the future, but until that time comes, this disc is a more than adequate presentation of an important, powerful film.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/1999
UPC: 0794043473920
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 21,423

Special Features

Widescreen version; Deleted scenes; Original theatrical trailer; Cast and Crew biographies and filmographies; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Norton Derek Vinyard
Edward Furlong Danny Vinyard
Fairuza Balk Stacey
Beverly D'Angelo Doris Vinyard
Avery Brooks Bob Sweeney
Stacy Keach Cameron Alexander
Jennifer Lien Davina Vinyard
Elliott Gould Murray
William Russ Dennis Vinyard
Ethan Suplee Seth
Joe Cortese Rasmussen
Guy Torry Lamont
Giuseppe Andrews Jason
Antonio David Lyons Lawrence
Keram Malicki-Sanchez Chris
Jordan Marder Curtis
Nicholas R. Oleson Huge Aryan
Anne Lambton Cassandra
Alex Sol Mitch McCormick
Paul Le Mat McMahon

Technical Credits
Tony Kaye Director,Cinematographer
James Kyler Black Art Director
Bill Carraro Executive Producer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Heim Editor
Jon D. Hess Co-producer
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
David McKenna Co-producer,Screenwriter
John Morrissey Producer
John Morrissey Producer
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Olexiewicz Art Director
Kearie Peak Executive Producer
Tessa Posnansky Set Decoration/Design
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Lawrence Turman Executive Producer
Brian Witten Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Credits [2:37]
2. That Night [3:49]
3. "My Mein Kampf" by Daniel Vinyard [1:38]
4. A New Assignment [2:54]
5. The Boys Room [5:01]
6. "Venice was a nice place to live." [1:16]
7. The Basketball Game [4:58]
8. Derek Returns From Prison [6:46]
9. "Was that Sweeney on the phone?" [4:19]
10. "American History X" by Daniel Vinyard [4:26]
11. Shopping Spree [2:52]
12. The Vinyards [10:00]
13. Danny and Mother [1:36]
14. "I go back to that night..." [4:23]
15. The Party [4:17]
16. "I am out!" [4:44]
17. Seth's Gun [1:03]
18. Derek's Story [:50]
19. "After two days in that place..." [1:05]
20. Dirty Laundry [3:00]
21. Visiting Day [3:07]
22. The Truth About White Supremacy [3:58]
23. "You don't get six years for stealing a TV." [3:12]
24. The Attack [2:34]
25. "So I was right back where I started." [6:52]
26. "Tired of feeling pissed off..." [2:45]
27. Dad [3:59]
28. Derek's Tattoo [4:00]
29. "It's 5:40 a.m." [1:47]
30. A New Morning [2:00]
31. The Bathroom [5:20]
32. In The End [2:30]
33. End Credits. [1:15]

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