I Am Sam

I Am Sam

Director: Jessie Nelson Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning

DVD (Wide Screen / DTS)

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Overview

Sean Penn won an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a mentally challenged father in the emotional I Am Sam. New Line's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is exceptional, sporting solid colors and dark black levels. This is a nearly reference quality image without any imperfections or blemishes to be found. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS Surround, and Dolby 2.0 Surround, all in English. Both the DTS and Dolby 5.1 soundtracks are very full and bombastic. Each mix utilizes a multitude of directional effects, mainly when the music score or songs kick in. Much like the video portions of this disc, the audio tracks are free of any imperfections or defects. Also included on this disc are English captions and Spanish subtitles. I Am Sam is part of New Line's "Platinum Edition" DVD series and as such features a nice array of supplemental features. Starting off the disc is a commentary track by director Jessie Nelson. Nelson is very frank and observant while discussing multiple aspects of the story, characters, and production. "Becoming Sam" is a nearly one-hour-long documentary on the making of the film featuring insightful interviews with actors Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer, plus various cast and crew members. This is a well-produced documentary that should please fans of the film. Seven deleted scenes with optional commentary by the director will give viewers an insight into why the sequences were cut from the final film. Finally, there is a theatrical press kit featuring some production notes, cast filmographies, and an anamorphic theatrical trailer for the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2002
UPC: 0794043553721
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 18,886

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 Dolby Digital; DTS Surround Sound; Stereo Surround Sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Filmmaker commentary featuring director/co-screenwriter Jessie Nelson; Original documentary: "Becoming Sam"; Deleted/alternate scenes with optional director commentary; Theatrical trailer; Theatrical press kit; DVD-ROM content:; Script-to-screen; Link to original website; Hot Spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Sam Dawson
Michelle Pfeiffer Rita Harrison
Dakota Fanning Lucy
Dianne Wiest Annie
Loretta Devine Margaret Calgrove
Richard Schiff Turner
Laura Dern Randy Carpenter
Brad Silverman Brad
Joseph Rosenberg Joe
Stanley de Santis Robert
Doug Hutchison Ifty
Mary Steenburgen Actor
Caroline Keenan Actor
Chase Mackenzie Bebak Actor
Mason Lucero Actor
Scott Paulin Actor

Technical Credits
Jessie Nelson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Douglas Axtell Sound/Sound Designer
Lisa Campbell Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Richard Chew Editor
Erin Cochran Art Director
Barbara Cohen Casting
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Gentile Set Decoration/Design
Stephanie J. Gordon Set Decoration/Design
Barbara Hall Co-producer
Marshall Herskovitz Producer
Kristine Johnson Screenwriter
Aaron Osborne Production Designer
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
John Powell Score Composer
Glenn Rivers Set Decoration/Design
David Scott Rubin Executive Producer
Richard Solomon Producer
Edward Zwick Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/It's Time
2. A Little Help
3. Video Night
4. "Not Like Other Daddies"
5. Lucy and Conner
6. In Trouble
7. Not in the Best Interest
8. Lovely Rita
9. Pro Bono
10. Interviews
11. Free Lucy Dawson!
12. A Trip to the Park
13. Tell the Truth
14. Annie Faces Her Fear
15. Working Late
16. Sam Takes the Stand
17. A New Family
18. Sheltered
19. One Option
20. Late Night Visits
21. Play Ball/End Credits

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