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"Husbands" on DVD

By admin Published: June 8, 2009

I'm a longtime fan of the work of John Cassavetes, up to and including ownership of the box set of his films. And was disappointed that the box did not include "Husbands," one of his more famous films. That gap is about to be filled. From Sony:

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Husbands, written and directed by independent cinema pioneer John Cassavetes (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence), for the first time ever on DVD on August 18, 2009. The follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated Faces (Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen, John Cassavetes, 1969), Cassavetes was nominated for the Best Screenplay Golden Globe® for Husbands (1971).

Billed as “A Comedy About Life, Death, and Freedom,” Husbands was originally released to preview audiences at a length of 139 minutes but subsequently cut by 11 minutes. The DVD presents the film in its full-length, original version, largely unseen by audiences since 1969. Husbands stars Ben Gazzara (Anatomy of a Murder, The Strange One) and Peter Falk (“Columbo”), two of Cassavetes’ most consistent collaborators, as well as Cassavetes himself. Special features include a commentary with Cassavetes biographer Marshall Fine, as well as interviews with Gazzara, producer Al Ruban (Faces) and cinematographer Victor Kemper (Dog Day Afternoon).

Husbands follows three middle-aged friends (Gazzara, Falk, and Cassavetes), with wives and houses in the New York suburbs, who go on a wild spree after a close friend dies of a heart attack. Ending up in London, the three must confront their own mortality and decide how to spend the rest of their lives.

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