Play Misty for Me

Play Misty for Me

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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This excellent DVD release of Clint Eastwood's 1971 directorial debut Play Misty for Me will please newcomers and longtime fans alike. Loaded with DVD extras, the movie's print has been cleaned up and returned to its original aspect ratio with a good anamorphic widescreen transfer. Beautifully filmed on-location by master cinematographer Bruce Surtees, the movie also serves as a love letter to the rugged California coastal town of Carmel. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is excellent and the scenes set at the Monterey Jazz Festival are given new sonic life on this disc. There are numerous disc extras to select (though some of them are too slight to be worth mentioning), but by far the best is the hour-long look back at the making of the movie. Entitled "Play It Again: A Look Back at Play Misty for Me," it's full of interviews with Eastwood, female lead Jessica Walter (in an excellent, star-making performance), key producers, writers, and others. This documentary makes plain that Play Misty for Me set the stage for Eastwood's career as a talented, individualistic director who refuses to get sucked into Hollywood power games or pointless power trips. After this film, Eastwood continued to use little or no makeup for actors, naturalistic lighting, real locations over sets, rich jazz scores, and tight budgets. Made for well under a million dollars, Play Misty for Me was a big mainstream hit with general audiences that also earned praise from indie film godfather John Cassavetes. The DVD also features a too short featurette on Eastwood and famed action-suspense director Don Siegel. A mentor and collaborator, Siegel was even amusingly cast as a bartender, mainly so Eastwood could get help from him on the first couple of days of shooting (he ended up not needing any). Besides better-than-average production notes and movie stills, the disc also features a montage of potential poster art that ends with the finished product. As a side note, the disc also makes plain that Eastwood considers Fatal Attraction to be an uncredited remake of Play Misty for Me.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2001
UPC: 0025192142826
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 7,728

Special Features

Clint Eastwood commentary; one-hour documentary with Eastwood; featurette, production notes; cast and filmmaker biographies; trailer; English, French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Dave Garver
Jessica Walter Evelyn
Donna Mills Tobie
John Larch Sgt. McCallum
Clarice Taylor Birdie
Duke Evers Jay Jay
Britt Lind Angelica
Johnny Otis Actor
Jack Ging Frank Dewan
Irene Hervey Madge Brenner
George Fargo Man
Mervin W. Frates Locksmith
Jack Kosslyn Cab Driver
Ginna Patterson Madalyn
Malcolm Moran Man in Window
James McEachin Al Monte

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Dee Barton Score Composer
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Daley Producer
Duke Ellington Songwriter
Roberta Flack Songwriter
Erroll Garner Songwriter
Jo Heims Screenwriter
Jo Helms Original Story
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Bob Larson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Ewan MacColl Songwriter
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Carl Pingitore Editor
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Whitney Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Play Misty For Me
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [5:01]
2. KRML Radio [4:34]
3. Evelyn [6:15]
4. A Surprise Visit [3:33]
5. Tobie Returns [8:22]
6. Stalking Dave [3:17]
7. Being Smothered [11:23]
8. Love Hurts [9:06]
9. Don't Let Me Go [4:42]
10. Opportunity Calls [4:41]
11. Telling the Truth [1:31]
12. Bye Bye Birdie [5:02]
13. Dave and Tobie [5:42]
14. Monterey Jazz [6:29]
15. Dave's Nghtmare [1:58]
16. A New Roommate [5:44]
17. The Final Cut [2:11]
18. End Titles [11:45]

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Play Misty for Me 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my mother always talking about this movie when I was younger. Now I see why.This is the coolest you'll ever see Clint, squinty eyes and all. The location shots are easily seen on a daytrip to Carmel and Monterey, and the suspense is taut. Don't rent it-buy the darn thing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eastwood's ability as a future academy winning director is clearly evident here. Also, his ability to take chances and come out on top! This film has got a little something for everyone. Jessica Lange was absolutely terrifying as the psychotic stalker and Eastwood was just as convincing as a guy trying to get his act together as life seems about to give him everything he a couple things he doesn't want. He gets what no guy or girl wants--even in their wildest dreams... Definitely a movie to own and enjoy over and over!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie has everything in it.I recommend it to anyone.