And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

Matthew Modine
Director: Roger Spottiswoode Cast: Matthew Modine
Matthew Modine
, Alan Alda
Alan Alda
, Patrick Bauchau
Patrick Bauchau
Roger Spottiswoode

DVD (Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Overview

And the Band Played On takes place mostly within interior settings of doctors' offices, meeting rooms, and labs, so opportunities for innovative visuals remain fairly limited. The 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer presents the images decently without containing anything exceptional. A few minor specks of dirt do appear intermittently, but they aren't too distracting to cause any serious hindrance. The black levels are fairly solid, and the bleak colors look fine. The events onscreen come across clearly and in good form, and the amount of grain is minimal. With the exception of the mournful score, there are few significant sound elements in this film. Nearly all of the story consists of dialogue spoken in meetings between scientists, the press, and AIDS patients. The 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer features an impressive level of clarity and depth. Although it is hardly tested, all of the pivotal moments are easy to decipher. This disc also contains a 2.0-channel Dolby Surround track that varies only slightly from its companion. Both transfers are worthwhile and work effectively to present the film and its message. The lone extra feature on this disc is a nice collection of cast and crew biographies. Each entry contains several pages covering the careers of the major actors, writer Arnold Schulman, and director Roger Spottiswoode. Although there are no filmographies, the 11 sections do provide a decent overview of each individual and their past works. Also noteworthy are the impressive menus, which improve over HBO's usually drab, static presentations.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
UPC: 0026359096228
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 17,940

Special Features

Animated menus; Chapter selections; Languages; Subtitles; Cast & crew bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Dr. Don Francis
Alan Alda Dr. Robert Gallo
Patrick Bauchau Dr. Luc Montagnier
Nathalie Baye Dr. Francoise Barre
Christian Clemenson Dr. Dale Lawrence
Richard Gere Choreographer
Anjelica Huston Dr. Betsy Reisz
Steve Martin Brother
Lily Tomlin Dr. Selma Dritz
David Clennon Mr. Johnstone
Phil Collins Eddie Papasano
Bud Cort Antique Shop Owner
Alex Courtney Dr. Mika Popovic
David Dukes Dr. Mervyn Silverman
David Marshall Grant Dennis Seeley
Ronald Guttman Dr. Jean-Claude Chermann
Glenne Headly Dr. Mary Guinan
Ken Jenkins Dr. Dennis Donohue
Richard Jenkins Dr. Marc Conant
Tchéky Karyo Dr. Willy Rozenbaum
Swoosie Kurtz Mrs. Johnstone
Jack Laufer Brian McDonough
Donal Logue Bobbi Campbell
Richard Masur William W. Darrow, Ph.D
Dakin Matthews Congressman Phil Burton
Ian McKellen Bill Kraus
Peter McRobbie Dr. Max Essex
Lawrence Monoson Chip
Jeffrey Nordling Gaetan Dugas
Saul Rubinek Dr. Curran
Charles Martin Smith Dr. Harold Jaffe
Stephen Spinella Brandy Alexander
B.D. Wong Kico Govantes
Walter Addison Blood Bank Executive
Alan Barry Hemophiliac Patient
Reg E. Cathey Staff Doctor #2
John del Regno Man in Grand Central
John Durbin 6th Man
Mogens Eckert Chief Executive (Copenhagen)
Carey Eidel Tennis Player
Richard Fancy Dr. Michael Gottlieb
Christopher John Fields Lawyer
Dave Florek Doughnut Shop Counterman
Patrick Gorman Charles Dauget
James Greene Dr. Alvin Freedman-Kien
Michael Kearns Cleve
Thomas Kopache Blood Bank Executive
Clyde Kusatsu Blood Bank Executive
Rob La Belle Gay Rights Activist
Neal Lerner 1st Man
Rene LeVant Blood Bank Executive
Rosemarie Murphy Blood Bank Executive
Angela Paton Woman in Denver
Sierra Pecheur Female Reporter
Miguel Perez Reporter
Martin Raymond 4th Man
Valeri Ross Jim's Secretary
Tom Schanley Waiter
William Wintersole Dr. Paul Florino
Jill Andre Red Cross Spokesperson
Christopher Carroll Dr. Aaron Kellner
Laura Innes Hemophiliac Representative
Jack Kenny San Francisco Activist
Michael Winters Middle-aged Man

Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
Allan A. Apone Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Patti Callicott Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Elliott Cinematographer
Lois Freeman-Fox Editor
Lee Mayman Art Director
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Sarah Pillsbury Producer
Midge Sanford Producer
Arnold Schulman Co-producer,Screenwriter
Albert M. Shapiro Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Michael Spatola Makeup
Aaron Spelling Executive Producer
Chris Squires Camera Operator
Edward Teets Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. MAIN TITLE/Prologue [6:57]
2. First Cases; 1977-1978 [1:15]
3. Washington DC; 1980 [1:48]
4. CDC May, 198; The Investigation Begins [3:44]
5. New York City; Frist Interviews [2:49]
6. San Francisco; July 1981 80 US Cases, 26 Deaths [3:47]
7. The Bath House [1:31]
8. CDC September 1981; "Think...can't prove" [3:03]
9. Halloween, 1981; "The Party's Over" 80 US Cases; 26 Deaths [4:46]
10. The Butcher's Bill [1:39]
11. The Stigma Begins [1:43]
12. Reagan Days; Can you say GAY? [1:42]
13. It's not just a gay disease anymore [2:29]
14. The Pac-Man Theory [1:39]
15. Harvard School of Public Health [1:54]
16. Kissing Bob Gallos' Ring 285 US Cases; 119 Deaths [1:47]
17. Los Angeles; March 1982 [5:50]
18. Patient Zero? [4:48]
19. CDC Press Confrence June 1982 [1:38]
20. Gays Vs. Gays [2:49]
21. Fear= Silence [3:21]
22. The Bathhouse Vote [6:07]
23. The French & Dr. Gallo [4:11]
24. "It's In The Blood Supply" [:46]
25. Proof of infection by transfusion [4:55]
26. CDC Workshop January 4, 1983 GRID becomes AIDS [4:32]
27. "They knew they were giving AIDS to people, and continued to do it?" [5:59]
28. The Red Cross: Medicine or Business? [4:08]
29. Voila'! Un nouveau Retrovirus! [3:18]
30. Gallo's Politics; 2640 US Cases; 1092 Deaths [5:57]
31. Kiko and Bill [5:03]
32. American Paranoia [1:04]
33. March 1984/ Gallo & Francis "I thought we were against the virus!" [:51]
34. Paris April 4, 1984: Gallo meets with the french [2:59]
35. 4/23/84 Gallo's Speech [2:36]
36. Four More Years?! [2:39]
37. Don Francis/"Look Busy and do nothing" [:58]
38. NY; February, 1985; 8408 US Cases, 6405 Deaths The French Speak Back [4:36]
39. San Francisco, November, 1985 "We could have stopped it" [1:58]
40. Epilogue [5:36]
41. The Last Song [2:28]
42. Latest Butcher's Bill/End Credits [4:28]

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