Criterion Collection: The Ice Storm

Criterion Collection: The Ice Storm

Director: Ang Lee Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Henry Czerny

DVD (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, The Ice Storm looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are calm and civil on the outside, but whose lives are quietly falling into chaos. Sixteen-year-old Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire) is home for the holidays from prep school; he'd just as soon have stayed at school, given the usual level of tension around the house and his desire to win the affections of Casey (Katie Holmes), a girl living in Manhattan. His 14-year-old sister, Wendy (Christina Ricci), is already a hardened cynic obsessed with the ongoing Watergate investigation, and she has begun acting out sexually with a neighbor boy, Mikey (Elijah Wood). Apparently, this runs in the family: Wendy's father, Ben (Kevin Kline), is having an affair with Mikey's mother, Janey (Sigourney Weaver), though Ben sees a future in the relationship and Janey does not. Elena (Joan Allen), Ben's wife, knows something is wrong with her marriage and her life, but she has no idea what she should do about it. As the teenagers surreptitiously experiment with drugs and alcohol, and the adults drift into mate-swapping, a dangerous blanket of freezing rain begins to cover New Canaan. The Ice Storm was adapted from the acclaimed novel by Rick Moody.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
UPC: 0715515028424
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 34,284

Special Features

Disc 1: Audio comentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus; Theatrical trailer; Disc 2: New documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, and Elijah Wood; New video interview with novelist Rick Moody ; Deleted scenes; Footage from an event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York's Museum of the Moving Image; Visual essays on the look of the film, featuring interviews with the cinematographer, production designer, and costume designer; Plus: a new essay by film critic Bill Krohn; New video interview with novelist Rick Moody

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Ben Hood
Joan Allen Elena Hood
Henry Czerny George Clair
Michael Cumpsty Philip Edwards
Glenn Fitzgerald Neil Conrad
Adam Hann-Byrd Sandy Carver
Katie Holmes Libbets Casey
Allison Janney Dot Halford
David Krumholtz Francis Davenport
Tobey Maguire Paul Hood
Christina Ricci Wendy Hood
Jamey Sheridan Jim Carver
Sigourney Weaver Janey Carver
Elijah Wood Mikey Carver

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director,Producer
Alysse Bezahler Associate Producer
Anthony Bregman Associate Producer
Stephanie Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Ted Hope Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
James W. Murray Asst. Director
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
James Schamus Producer,Screenwriter
Bob Shaw Art Director
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Squyres Editor
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Wertimer Asst. Director
Rick Moody Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ice Storm
1. Opening Credits [4:49]
2. "It's Existential" [1:44]
3. Phone Call From Dad [3:49]
4. Dinner at the Carvers [4:47]
5. New Canaan, Conn. [4:39]
6. An Empty Swimming Pool [1:34]
7. "You're Boring Me" [4:32]
8. Geometry and Molecules [3:58]
9. Elena Takes a Ride [5:15]
10. "I'll Show You Mine..." [2:57]
11. Defrosting [2:04]
12. Back Home For Thanksgiving [5:26]
13. "I'll Be Back" [3:19]
14. The Carvers' Basement [4:07]
15. The Mustache Cup [4:08]
16. The Key Party [1:35]
17. Libbets and Francis, and Paul [5:42]
18. Invitations [5:23]
19. The Ice Storm [5:07]
20. "What Shall the Order Be?" [5:07]
21. Elena and Jim [8:32]
22. Hazardous Conditions [6:30]
23. "The Door to the Next World" [4:40]
24. "Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen" [3:21]
25. End Credits [5:55]

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Criterion Collection: The Ice Storm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A remarkable movie set unmistakedly in the 1970's without looking like it tried. This movie could've been MADE in the 1970's. The performances are all incredible. The movie focuses on the characters own faults and redeeming qualities without any overriding judgements. The characters make their own self judgements and judgements of others. If you liked 'American Beauty', you'll love this film. It's much more honest and believable, without the preaching and smarminess.
Operafan48 More than 1 year ago
The Ice Storm is one of the great American films of the 1990's. The fact that The Academy of "Motion Picture Arts And Sciences" neglected to nominate this film in any category, let alone Best Picture of 1997 (the winner for that year: TITANIC) is laughable and truly pathetic. For me , this will always remain the Best American Film of 1997, just as Brokeback Mountain will remain the Best Picture of its year. Ang Lee is an extraordinary director when he's running on all motors, which is the case with these two classic films. There is no need for me to wax poetic here about either film ; they speak for themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ang Lee's 'Ice Storm' is the best film of that year and will be looked upon as a classic in days to come. Ang Lee is a wonderful director. Kline, Allen, Weaver, and Maguire give 100 percent in this film. The score is wonderful, the cinematography beautiful, and the sound direction is tremendous. The story is powerful and represents the faults in our lives and the things in which redeem us.