The Whales of August (30th Anniversary Special Edition) (DVD)
Directed by Lindsay Anderson
Harry Carey Jr.
Screen legends Bette Davis (All About Eve), Lillian Gish (Duel in the Sun) and Vincent Price (Tales of Terror) unite their iconic talents in this beautifully photographed, intensely emotional drama that offers unexpected and quite marvelous rewards. Libby (Davis) and Sarah (Gish) are widowed siblings who have vacationed for half a century at a seaside cottage in Maine. Now in their eighties, the sisters have unexpectedly arrived at an impasse: While Sarah embraces change and the possibility of romance with a courtly Russian suitor (Price), the stubbornly bitter Libby rages at the inevitability of death. As the summer months wane, can Libby and Sarah rediscover the powerful bonds of memory, family and love? The stellar cast includes Ann Sothern (A Letter to Three Wives) in her Oscar-nominated performance, Harry Carey Jr. (3 Godfathers), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard), Margaret Ladd (TV’s Falcon Crest) and Tisha Sterling (Coogan’s Bluff). The Whales of August features a wonderful screenplay by playwright David Berry (G.R. Point) based on his play and top-notch direction by the great Lindsay Anderson (O Lucky Man!, If….).
DVD Extras Include:
Audio Commentary by producer Mike Kaplan, moderated by film critic Stephen Farber
Peer Talk: The Raw September 1986 Interviews with stars Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern and Harry Carey Jr.
Behind the Camera: Raw September 1986 interviews with director Lindsay Anderson, cinematographer Mike Fash and production designer Jocelyn Herbert
New interview with actress Mary Steenburgen
New interview with actress Margaret Ladd
New interview with actress Tisha Sterling
New interview with executive producer Shep Gordon
Mike Kaplan Vignette 1 – Bette Davis
Mike Kaplan Vignette 2 – Cab Ride
Mike Kaplan Vignette 3 – Cliff Island
Never Apologize – Malcolm McDowell on Lindsay Anderson
Five 'Whales' Tales by Mike Kaplan - Limited Edition 16 Page Booklet
Song: You Can Never Tell - Performed by Tisha Sterling, written by Mike Kaplan
Original Theatrical Trailer
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