Must-Buy DVD: THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE

by tully
April 29, 2008 3:52 AM
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Well, it's about goddamn time. After years of dicking around and pissing into the cosmos, writer/director Todd Rohal has finally gotten his act together and managed to produce a DVD of his wildly inventive and bizarrely affecting The Guatemalan Handshake. But this isn't just any old DVD package. In teaming up with the deeply committed Andrew Grant and Aaron Hillis of Benten Films, Rohal has made good on his promise of putting out a product that isn't just a half-assed transfer of the movie.

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Check out what's collected on this phenomenal two-disc release:

Brand New High-Definition Digital Transfer

5.1 Surround & Stereo Mixes

Commentary Track
with Production Designers Jim McNamee & Sage Rockermann, Producers Jason Orfanon & Craig Moorhead, Director of Photography Richie Sherman, Actor Ivan Dimitrov and Writer/Director Todd Rohal

"Outrage the Rooster!"
A new essay about the film by filmmaker David Gordon Green

THE DVD BONUS CONTENTS:

DELETED SCENES:

1 - Stool's Bus
2 - Barnard Is A Creep
3 - Ethel's Nightmare
4 - Ivan Cries
5 - The Quarry Visit
6 - Leonard at the Roller Rink
7 - The Scouts Hitchhike
8 - Separate Itineraries
9 - Spank Williams Warm Up
10 - Spank Williams TV Spot
11 - Turtle
12 – Wallet

SHORT FILMS:

"50 States"
Directed by Jared Larson (grip)

"Demolition 7"
Directed by Richie Sherman (Director of Photography)

"Monsters In Autumn"
Directed by Charlie Cline (2nd Unit Director), Starring Ken Byrnes (Mr. Turnupseed), and photographed by Director of Photography Richie Sherman


"Mother & Son"
Directed by Matthew Silver (Production Assistant), Starring Andy Nadler (Barnard)

"A Double Feature From Turkeylegs & Lucas"
Directed by & Starring Katy Haywood (Turkeylegs) & Lucas Haywood (Boy Scout)

"Little Richie Schreiber"
Directed by and Starring Rich Schreiber (Stool)

10 MOMENTS FROM THE SET:

"The Perm"
A short documentary about the details of Craig Moorhead’s background performance.


"I Hate: A Live Performance By Ken Byrnes"
Ken Byrnes (Mr. Turnupseed) performs live music at a local bar.

"Trouble On The Yellow Breeches"
A Fitzcarraldo-like journey bringing a big boat down a small river.

"Nads In Queens"
A Visit to Andy Nadler’s (Barnard) home in New York City.


"Amphicar: The Rescue"
A short documentary about the sinking of an amphibious car in the shadow of Three-Mile Island.

"Open Call"
Moments from the improvised casting sessions.

“Going Back Home To Dillsburg/Super8”
Super8 Footage from the set by grip and filmmaker Jared Larson and a tribute song performed by producer Nick Panagopulos.

"The Signal: A Baltimore Public Radio Interview"
Director Todd Rohal on Baltimore's WYPR with stills from the production.

"Making It In PA"
Behind The Scenes of The Guatemalan Handshake.

“30 Seconds For Room Tone”
The final moment of production.


4 MOMENTS FROM THE ROAD:


"The Guatemalan Weenie Roast" - BIRMINGHAM, AL

"A Short Film With A Boy Scout, A Chicken Named Star Wars And Linas Phillips" - SEATTLE, WA

"Bob Comes To America" - WASHINGTON, DC

"Everywhere In Between" - Photos from the road

MUSIC VIDEO:

"Lost & Found"
A music video for Ola Podrida (featuring David Wingo, who created the score for The Guatemalan Handshake), directed by Todd Rohal and starring Ivan Dimitrov

Phew! That's a shit-ton of bonus goodies!

To purchase this incredible expression of many human butts and minds, please go to the film's official website, Amazon, or it can almost certainly be found at stores all over this lovely land of ours.

Lastly, no matter how many copies you purchase, put the film in your Netflix queue right now.

Congratulations to Todd and the entire GH team, as well as Andrew and Aaron. This is some A+ DVD business!

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