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Running Time: 99 minutes
Starring: Erik Steffen Maahs, Gretchen Krich, Sullivan Brown, Andrew Loviska, Kellan Larson, Maya Lawson, Todd Jefferson Moore, Megan Murphy, Annette Toutonghi, Clara Grace Svenson, Katherine E. Scharhon, Cathleen O'Malley, Clayton Corzatte, Suzan Corzatte
Written by: Guy Maddin and George Toles
Directed by: Guy Maddin
Retail Price: $39.99
Features: Narration Tracks, 97 Percent True Documentary, My Mother's Birthday Today short film, Footsteps short film, Deleted Scene, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, English Subtitles, Chapter Selection (14 Chapters)
Released: August 12th, 2008
97 Percent True is
a 50 minute documentary about the film's production, made exclusively
for this DVD release (and presented in anamorphic widescreen).
Interviewed are Guy Maddin, co-writer Gerorge Toles, editor John
Gurdebeke, cinematographer Ben Kasulke, producer Jamie Hook and
composer Jason Staczek. It's literally the perfect companion piece to
the film; Maddin speaks the most here, as he waxes serious on his
personal approach, his own life and his key inspirations. Maddin's
collaborators talk about working with him, his unique filmmaking
approach and their contributions to this endeavor. Also great about
this documentary is footage from the live performances, including
narrators who weren't included on this disc - plus how the touring of
the movie, and make it somewhat like a theatrical show, came to
fruition. Simply phenomenal.
Another big treat this disc features are two new Short Films made by Guy Maddin, exclusively for this DVD. "It's My Mother's Birthday Today" features Dov Houle, a Maddin collaborator who toured with the live version of "Brand." There's also "Footsteps," which centers on a Foley effects team from Toronto. Both are typical Maddin (and I mean that in the best possible way) - his fans will surely eat these up.
A Deleted Scene is also included, running about six minutes, with a nice text introduction from Maddin why it was cut. There's also the film's Theatrical Trailer. All the disc's supplements are in anamorphic widescreen.
As with nearly every Criterion release, a wonderful essay is included in the keepcase booklet. "Brand" features an essay by Dennis Lim, who has a personal connection to Maddin (he was his editor at the Village Voice). But no matter - Lim's excellent, nuanced essay discusses Maddin's work, and the appeal of the filmmaker's running thread of autobiographical elements in his movies. Well done!