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Storytelling DVD out now!

As of today, Storytelling is out to own on DVD and VHS from New Line Home Entertainment. The DVD features both the R & unrated versions, while the VHS only features the R (the only distinction being that the unrated version doesn't have the "big, red box" during the Wise/ Blair sex scene). For more information on these releases and the film itself, see my new Storytelling page.

6/26/02

R2 Storytelling DVD Released This Week

Here in the States, Storytelling won't be hitting DVD and VHS for a couple more weeks, yet (July 16th); but those of us with Region 2, PAL set-ups can already pick it up.  It came out on Tuesday, the 24th.  Here's the cover art and specs:

Features: Trailer
Duration: 87 mins
Format: Region 2 Digital Versatile Disc
Cat. No.: EDV9168 (ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO)
Soundtrack Languages: English
Subtitles: none
Retail Price: 19.99

5/28/02

Storytelling Soundtrack Due June 4th

The soundtrack to Storytelling has finally been properly announced for a June 4th release, from Matador Records. Apparently it features "34 minutes of new music from Belle and Sebastian, comprised of both instrumental film score and six new vocal tracks" (description from Amazon.com). Most on-line stores (CDNow, buy.com, Amazon, etc) now have this CD up for pre-order at $12.99 (it's actually $9.79 at CDUniverse... shop around, kids). Below is the album cover and track-listing:

Storytelling - Belle & Sebastian

1. Fiction
2. Freak
3. Early Letterman
4. F_ck This Sh_t
5. Night Walk
6. Jersey's Where It's At
7. Black and White Unite
8. Consuelo
9. Toby
10. Storytelling
11. Class Rank
12. I Don't Want To Play Football
13. Consuelo Leaving
14. Wandering Alone
15. Mandingo Cliche
16. Scooby Driver
17. Fiction (Reprise)
18. Big John Shaft

5/23/02

Storytelling DVD Due July 16

Amazon.com, today, has added Storytelling to their DVD catalog as available for preorder (so far, no one else seems to have it listed, but this Tuesday I imagine that will change), with a release date set for July 16th from Warner Home Video. They list an 87 minute running time (which doesn't suggest any restored sequences - see old news), closed captioning and a widescreen picture. ...Still a little early to expect much word by way of extras, restoration (Amazon may well've just taken the running time from the IMDB, not any announced DVD specs) etc.; so let's keep our fingers crossed.

3/9/02

Storytelling soundtrack update

According to Belle & Sebastian's official site (belle&sebastian.co.uk), the soundtrack album for Storytelling is "looking like an early spring release date." The album will feature three original songs by B&S: "Scooby Driver," "I Don't Want To Play Football," and "Storytelling," as well as original music by Shudder to Think's Nathan Larson and the Cardigans' Nina Persson. Belle & Sebastian's next album, then, will reportedly feature "several songs and instrumental bits specifically for the film" that wound up "chopped up or excised entirely" from the film (according to Pitchfork Daily Music News (Will Bryant, 1/29/02).

2/1/02

Storytelling In Theatres Now!

As of the 25th, Storytelling has finally opened in NY and LA; and is due to open in "additional cities" on February 8th.  But, for those of you who live close enough not to have to wait, you can catch it at:

* Loews 19th Street - New York, NY

* Angelika Film Center - New York, NY

* Lincoln Plaza Cinemas - New York, NY

* Laemmle Sunset 5 - West Hollywood, CA

* Landmark Nu-Wilshire - Santa Monica, CA

1/21/02

The Storybook Is Out

Curiously, several days before even Storytelling's limited opening, Faber and Faber's published screenplay hits the streets. First , to answer what is probably your biggest question (it certainly was mine), this does not feature the excised material with James van der Beek, Heather Matarazzo, and Emanuelle Chriqui, nor is there any mention of it in the introduction or anywhere else, except this line at the top of the credits, "Storytelling was firsat shown (in a slightly different cut) at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001." For the record, the  infamous van der Beek stuff did not show at Cannes, either.

Besides the screenplay, Faber and Faber's Storytelling also features "Unhappiness," a two-page introduction by Bruce Wagner, and some black & white photos. Check out a cover scan below:

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