George Washington (2000) DVD9 The Criterion Collection
The story takes place in an dilapidated, industrial North Carolina town where whites and African-Americans live together in poverty. However, this film is not a depressing exploration into the failed American dream or the problems of surviving on little money. Green optimistically focuses his attention on the lives of five young people who each possess their own goals and thoughts about the world. They easily interact with the adults of the community and discuss the dreadful ghosts of both the past and the present. Still, the exuberance of youth pervades the tale even when tragedy strikes a central character. Everything may not work out perfectly, but hope still exists within the minds of the town's residents.
Although the narrator is a girl, the film ends up focusing mostly on the boys. Nasia, her older sister, and her other friends, share humorous talk about boys, and a sense of togetherness. But the boys talk and act in ways that betray disconnection and emptiness. The first part of the film moves in the same wandering, seemingly aimless way as the characters. Then a sudden tragedy confronts the kids with a reality that they have trouble knowing how to deal with.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:30:48 | 7.15 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: David Gordon Green
Actors: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damien Jewan Lee, Curtis Cotton III, Rachael Handy, Paul Schneider, Eddie Rouse, Janet Taylor, Derricka Rolle, Ebony Jones, Jonathan Davidson, Scott Clackum, Beau Nix

Disc Features:
* New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
* Commentary by director David Gordon Green, cinematographer Tim Orr, and actor Paul Schneider
* Deleted scene with commentary
* Original theatrical trailer
* David Gordon Green’s short films, made while he was a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts: Pleasant Grove (with commentary) and Physical Pinball
* Charlie Rose interview with David Gordon Green
* Exclusive new video interviews with the cast
* Clu Gulager’s 1969 short film A Day with the Boys, an influence on George Washington
* English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

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