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The images on New Line's Tumbleweeds disc are excellent, with both anamorphic 1.85 and full-frame transfers. The film ranges from dark nights to the warm, bright California sun, and in every moment it looks wonderful. The darks are very solid and the colors come across just as well. The sound, considering this is a dialogue-driven film, is good and based more in the front speakers. The disc does have a four-channel soundtrack, but there isn't any significant use of the surround speakers. The front-center speaker is used for most of the film and it's clear and distortion-free. English subtitles are included. New Line has rarely been known to skimp on extras, and this disc is no exception. It includes filmographies (biographies would be welcome, but are not included on most New Line titles), a trailer, and some DVD-ROM content. The highlight though is the commentary track from director Gavin O'Connor. The track is a real stream of consciousness effort as he rambles on -- in a good way -- about the making of the film and working with a small budget. This is a worthy DVD presentation of a fine film.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2000
UPC: 0794043502620
Original Release: 1999
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Widescreen & full-screen versions of the film; Original theatrical trailer; Commentary by director Gavin O'Connor; Cast and crew filmographies; DVD-ROM features:"Script to Screen"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet McTeer Mary Jo Walker
Kimberly J. Brown Ava Walker
Gavin O'Connor Jack Ranson
Jay O. Sanders Dan Miller
Lois Smith Ginger
Laurel Holloman Laurie Pendleton
Michael J. Pollard Mr. Cummings
Noah Emmerich Vertis Dewey
Ashley Buccille Zoe Broussard
Cody McMains Adam Riley

Technical Credits
Gavin O'Connor Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ted Demme Executive Producer
John Gilroy Editor
Chen Harpaz Sound/Sound Designer
Bryce Eric Holtshousen Production Designer
Thomas J. Mangan Executive Producer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Mimi Maxmen Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg O'Connor Producer
Angela Shelton Screenwriter
Joel Stillerman Executive Producer
Daniel J. Stoloff Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/ "Pack Your Bags" [2:06]
2. Setting Out [2:15]
3. "True Love Never Dies" [5:14]
4. Manifest Destiny [2:35]
5. Roadside Attraction [3:33]
6. Blinky Gone [3:45]
7. Que Sera Sera [2:23]
8. Starlight Beach [3:37]
9. A Job Interview for Mary Jo [5:55]
10. A Wild Night Out [3:29]
11. Ava's Birthday [4:04]
12. Shakespeare [4:13]
13. An Escape Route [2:22]
14. A Day at the Beach [2:24]
15. Life With Jack [4:04]
16. "I Quit!" [4:07]
17. A Normal Family [3:43]
18. The Nursery [3:01]
19. "How Do I Look?" [1:45]
20. How to Kiss [4:26]
21. Dinner Out [4:21]
22. "I'm Not Going!" [2:09]
23. "Ava Ran Away!" [2:59]
24. Dan's Story [6:33]
25. "Time to Stick Around" [2:55]
26. A New Lease [3:13]
27. Ava Plays Romeo [2:42]
28. A Visit From Auntie Rose [2:40]
29. A New Life [1:10]
30. End Credits [4:37]

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The actors were good, but the plot was bland. If you have trouble sleeping, rent it-you'll be snoring within 15 minutes. It's one of those movies you won't turn off because you keep hoping it gets better but it never does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is movie is so great! It totally reminded me of my relationship with my mom. I just happened to rent it after a friend recommended it to me, and now it is one of my favorite movies! Janet Mcteer and Kimberly J. Brown are awesome-they played really well together. See this movie-you won't regret it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first review said this movie sucked but it's kinda cute, you know, when your in one of those 'happy' phases