Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

Director: Curtis Hanson Cast: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand

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Like most contemporary releases on DVD, Wonder Boys features a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital soundtrack that are flawless. It's worth noting, though, that the film has been edited from its original theatrical version. The family of a star named in the original version as a celebrity suicide was unhappy with the inclusion, so the filmmakers overdubbed a different name for the video release. The edit is noticeable, but does not really affect the overall film. The "Cast & Crew Interviews" section listed on the package and in the special features menu is really a short, "making of" featurette that covers the basics of the film's production. A more creative inclusion is an "interactive map tour" of the Pittsburgh area with a short history and explanation for each location. The most insightful is the segment on the bridges, revealing an entire motif that adds depth to the film. Similarly, a menu of the film's music is also provided, with a short commentary by director Curtis Hanson for each selected song. The most time in this feature is devoted to Bob Dylan, who contributed an original song, the Oscar-nominated "Things Have Changed." The music video and a trailer are included as well. Wonder Boys had a lackluster performance at the box office, but hopefully the ingenuity of the supplements and the quality of the film itself will help it find an audience on DVD.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
UPC: 0097363326144
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:52:00

Special Features

Exclusive cast and crew interviews; Pittsburgh interactive location map with commentary by Curtis Hanson; Songs of Wonder Boys with commentary by Curtis Hanson; "Things Have Changed" Bob Dylan music video; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.0 Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Grady Tripp
Tobey Maguire James Leer
Frances McDormand Sara Gaskell
Robert Downey Terry Crabtree
Katie Holmes Hannah Green
Richard Thomas Walter Gaskell
Rip Torn Q
Philip Bosco Hank Winters
Jane Adams Oola
Richard Knox Vernon Hardapple
Michael Cavadias Antonia Sloviak
Alan Tudyk Sam Traxler

Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director,Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer
Dede Allen Editor
Ned Dowd Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Doug Metzger Asst. Director
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Dennis Drummond Sound Editor
David Giammarco Sound Editor
Carol Fenelon Musical Direction/Supervision
Lisa Grundy Associate Producer
Michael Chabon Source Author

Scene Index

Scene Selection
1. Constructive Criticism. [:07]
2. Lucky Guess. [2:00]
3. "It's Colder In There." [2:38]
4. Hollywood history. [4:15]
5. "That's a big trunk." [2:07]
6. Field trip. [5:24]
7. The long way home. [:06]
8. Bad fiction. [5:20]
9. Kinship. [1:23]
10. "I'm not a Holiday Inn." [8:32]
11. James Leer's lair. [7:00]
12. Not dark yet. [1:08]
13. The hoodjumper. [:10]
14. The love parade. [4:53]
15. End credits. [5:40]

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Wonder Boys 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wonder Boys proves that a movie can be supremely entertaining without being unbelievable or outlandish. You've probably met people just like the characters in this movie. As a college faculty member for many years I can tell you that these characters are pretty believable. The plight of each of the characters is also believable. None of them do anything that is beyond the abilities or proclivities of real people in those situations. Even though nothing in this movie is over-the-top it is one of my favorite movies. I love a movie about believable people in in believable situations doing believable things in interesting ways. Ok, I admit it, these characters might be, on average, a little wittier and smarter than most people you might meet. That's part of what makes this movie a joy to watch. That and the fact that it is, at turns, hilarious, touching, and shows that people can be understanding and empathetic while having a good time. I wish that the soundtrack, which is over-the-top good, was still in print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Wonder Boys'' is a fun movie that may seem set for those who are intellectual or into writing, but that assumption is incorrect. The storyline kept me in suspense, and the final plot is simply genius. The story is slightly comical, and the perfect character of 'the teacher' is delightful in his manner and thought. I highly recommend!
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
This is such a great film. I didn`t know what to expect (luckily) when I sat in. It is about the rivalry between the great magicians, who have a personal account to settle with each other and this rides them into semi-madness and a relentless battle and race as to who can stage the better, the more amazing, the perfect prestige, while at the same time their lives slowly crumble into pieces. There are quite a few twists and surprises. It definitely makes you think, and it is, in many ways, a disturbing, clever, dark movie. Casting is superbly done, Christian Bale is amazing, I love Hugh Jackman anyway, and Michael Caine is well, he is Michael Caine. Highly recommended.
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