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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes
Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor
Written and Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Retail Price: $39.99
Features: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Cameron Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye, An Iconic Film Revisited: Say Anything... 20 Years Later, A Conversation With Cameron Crowe, I Love Say Anything...!, To Know Say Anything... Is To Love It! Trivia Track, 10 Deleted Scenes, 13 Extended Scenes, 5 Alternate Scenes, Featurette, Cameron Crowe's Personal Photo Gallery, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailers
Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono, French Mono, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Cantonese Subtitles, Scene Selection (20 Scenes)
Released: November 3rd, 2009
An English Dolby Surround track is included, as well as mono tracks in Spanish and French. Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Cantonese are included as well.
"Say Anything..." is now two decades old, and to celebrate, Fox has commissioned some bonus features. To Know Say Anything... Is To Love It! is a trivia track worth going through if you're a fan of the film. An Iconic Film Revisited: Say Anything... 20 Years Later runs about 22 minutes and features Crowe and much of the cast reflecting on the movie. Keeping in with the love fest is I Love Say Anything... where celebrities profess their affection for the movie. And running about 10 minutes is A Conversation With Cameron Crowe, where the writer/director talks about making the movie, such as his involvement and encouragement from producer James L. Brooks.
Everything else is ported from that 2002 DVD release, which is great news — it was a case of quality over quantity. Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Cameron Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye. Yes, they're all in the room together on a sunny August afternoon and this is a wonderful, well-rounded track that I really, really enjoyed and fans of the film are sure to eat up. Before the film, there is a twenty minute audio introduction from the three played against still photographs from the film and Crowe shot. This introduction is quite nice and sets the tone of the track. Crowe does much of the talking in the introduction, while Cusack and Skye have remarks here and there, but they mostly giggle and ask questions. But the two talk about them getting involved in the project and their own origins with the movie while Crowe recalls their first meeting. Crowe also discusses the origin of the film and how he was inspired and what he wanted in it. From a Southern man who bugs Crowe with his love of kickboxing, advice from the hearty James L. Brooks and what Crowe wanted to tell in the story. Crowe also references his other films as well. And that's just the introduction. Once we get into the actual film, everyone opens up. Cusack talks about creating the character of Lloyd, Ione shares a lot of her thoughts about the film itself and Diane and Crowe... a whole lot of stories, his thoughts and just a lot of great stuff about making the movie. Everyone here is rather insightful as when it comes to why they wanted to make the film, the themes of the story, working and characters. There's a lot of information to absorb in this track and a lot of fun production stories are told throughout, which actually made me feel not only more knowledgeable about this fine film, but like I was actually there during the production. I can go on and on... but I won't and I'll save most of the good stuff. I really loved this track as there is a sense of sweetness all throughout, just like the movie and it's really one of the best and most endearing I've heard in a long while. It really doesn't get any better than this. I thought Crowe was going to dominate the track and Skye and Cusack would just chime in here and there, but everyone is pretty much equal, which is a great thing. When actors do some commentaries, they usually (not always, but usually) don't have much to say, but here... Skye and Cusack offer a lot and that made me really happy (this track ranks as one of the best I've heard as far as actors go). There are no real pauses or dull moments either.
Next up, we have a bunch of all sorts of scenes and total nearly fifty minutes (some of the footage comes out in black and white). The scenes are broken up into three sections and each have their scene numbers. First, we have five Alternate Scenes. These scenes are scenes just like in the actual film, but the dialogue or how it's done is mostly bit different. After watching these (including two different versions of the boom box scene), it's clear that what is in the final film is a bit better. Crowe was supposed to do commentary on the alternate scenes, but I could not find that so I'm assuming it was left off the disc. There are ten Deleted Scenes which add up to a little over thirteen minutes. We can see why they were cut. They're not terrible, but they would ruin the flow of the film and perhaps some ideals a little. They're fun to watch, and one has a cameo from Homer Simpsons himself, Dan Castellenta (I'm pretty sure that's him...). Finally there are thirteen Extended Scenes. Yes, these are scenes from the movie but their original cuts... new footage has been added back in to flesh them out a bit. Personally, they're nice to watch and add some little things to the scenes, but the edits in the film are fine since what's here doesn't always add much more to everything. Very cool additions here.
There's an EPK Featurette that lasts nearly seven minutes and has behind the scenes footage and clips from the film, plus interviews with Skye, Cusack, Mahoney and Crowe. Very fluffy... in addition to that marketing, there's two Theatrical Trailers, each in anamorphic widescreen. Finally, there are eight full frame TV Spots. Also is a brief Photo Gallery with photos taken by Cameron Crowe himself.