Communion

Communion

Director: Philippe Mora Cast: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Joel Carlson

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1)

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Overview

Elite's lineup of DVDs varies from basic discs to great special editions. Communion falls somewhere in the middle. To begin with, picture quality is probably the best this film has seen since its days in the theaters. There are a few moments of grain and dust, but not enough to be distracting. The big plus is that this is the first Elite disc to use an anamorphic transfer. The image is framed at the theatrical ratio of 1.85:1 and is on a dual-layered disc. The soundtrack is a very good newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There are plenty of instances where the surround spectrum is used, and it's quite effective. For the most part though the film is centered up front and sounds very clear, without any distortion or separation. The attention to detail is evident and Elite proves they can do as good a job as the big studios. On the downside, English is the only language option, and there are no subtitles. Communion has quite a few supplemental materials, but they are rather empty. An audio commentary track is obviously the highlight of the disc, but it's quite unusual. Director Philippe Mora and William J. Birnes, the publisher of UFO Magazine, rarely talk about the film; instead, the discussion centers around UFOs and alien abductions. While it fits the subject (and at times elicits big laughs), it may not interest those looking for insight into the filmmaking process. The disc also contains outtakes with commentary from Mora that is more focused on production details. The outtakes are basically extended versions of scenes that had to be trimmed for theatrical release, many consisting of Christopher Walken improvising with the aliens. While interesting, for the most part they go on far too long. Also included are promotional interviews with Walken, Mora, and author Whitley Strieber that will only leave viewers wanting more. The least interesting feature is an excerpt from Mora's most recent film, According to Occam's Razor. This two-minute scene is a documentary of surgeons removing an "alien device" from a man who claims he was abducted. Shot on videotape, it looks very cheap and is neither convincing nor intriguing. Two trailers, some still photographs, and a number of Mora's storyboards round out the package.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2001
UPC: 0790594266622
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Elite Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:41:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Walken Whitley Strieber
Lindsay Crouse Anne Strieber
Joel Carlson Andrew Strieber
Frances Sternhagen Dr. Janet Duffy
Andreas Katsulas Alex
Terri Hanauer Sara
Basil Hoffman Dr. Friedman
Diane Behrens Actor
Madeleine Mora Baby Girl
John Dennis Johnston Fireman
Dee Dee Rescher Mrs. Greenberg
Aileen Fitzpatrick Mother
R.J. Miller Father
Holly Fields Praying Mantis Girl
Paula Shaw Woman from Apartment
Juliet Sorcey Second-grade Girl
Joshua Miller Tall Boy
Kate Stern Woman on Bus
Johnny Dark Lab Technician
Andrew Magarian Man in Hallway
Paul Clemens Patrick
Maggie Egan Nancy
Irene Forrest Sally
Sally Kemp Laurie
Vince McKewin Bob

Technical Credits
Philippe Mora Director,Co-producer
Dan Allingham Co-producer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Malissa Daniel Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Frakes Special Effects
Hal Hilnes Animator
Louis Irving Cinematographer
Jim MacPherson Special Effects
Michael McCracken Special Effects
Linda Pearl Production Designer
Penny Perry Casting
Paul Redshaw Executive Producer
Dena Roth Art Director
Edward Simons Co-producer
Lee Smith Editor
Paul Stewart Special Effects
Richard Strieber Associate Producer
Whitley Strieber Co-producer,Screenwriter
Pamela Westmore Makeup
Allan Zavod Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title [6:54]
2. Night At The Cabin [8:46]
3. Morning After [3:48]
4. Halloween Night [6:48]
5. Christmas Program [5:08]
6. Paranoia Sets In [7:33]
7. Visit To The Doctor [10:01]
8. Under Hypnosis [5:56]
9. Whitley Takes A Test [7:29]
10. Whitley's Believe It Or Not [10:08]
11. Group Session [6:14]
12. The Confrontation [10:50]
13. Whitley Understands [6:39]
14. Credits [3:56]

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