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The Unbelievable Truth
The Unbelievable Truth
Actors: Adrienne Shelly, Robert John Burke, Chris Cooke, Julia McNeal, Katherine Mayfield
Director: Hal Hartley
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2001     1hr 30min

The films of Hal Hartley, New York's modern beatnik cinema laureate, are not for everyone. His self-consciously clever ping-pong dialogue sounds like a cross between song lyrics and Samuel Beckett, while his deadpan direct...  more »


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Actors: Adrienne Shelly, Robert John Burke, Chris Cooke, Julia McNeal, Katherine Mayfield
Director: Hal Hartley
Creators: Michael Spiller, Hal Hartley, Bruce Weiss, Jerome Brownstein
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 03/13/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1989
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews last, a Hal Hartley feature film on DVD!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I heard about a year ago that Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth" is going to be out on DVD in 2001, I feared some low quality production - but this release should prove worthy for this masterpiece. The picture will be 1.85:1 anamorphic and hopefully the image quality is going to be excellent considering Anchor Bay's good reputation... Having been the directorial feature film debut for acclaimed director Hal Hartley, the film does not long for any big extras to be on the disc - an audio commentary would have been illusory - but we do get an interview with Hal, and the theatrical trailer of course. This is definitely a disc to get for all Hal Hartley fans, and the only thing that could make me even happier would be more DVD releases of his movies: Trust, Simple Men, Amateur, Flirt, his short films, etc... I'm desperately waiting!!"
My favorite Hartley Film
Hippie Smell | Brooklyn | 03/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Trust and Simple Men then you'll love this film. Personally I love all of Hartley's works, but to me these three films just go so well together. They're all earlier works and in these films you witness an incredibley inspired director do more with a low budget film than most high paid directors could ever dream of doing. I'd also like to say that if you've never seen a Hal Hartley film then this is probably the best point to start out at."
RIP Adrienne Shelly
The Prestige | CA, USA | 11/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was saddened to hear of the tragic and senseless passing of the beautiful actress Adrienne Shelly. Nobody can watch Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth" and not be struck by how talented and engaging Shelly comes across onscreen. At the time of the film's release it seemed as if she was a star in the making. However, she seemed more content to stick with modest indie films and sporadic appearances in acclaimed TV shows rather than become a fixture in vapid Hollywood product that would have increased her exposure. Eventually she moved behind the lens for what was shaping up to be a very interesting directorial career. Sadly, we will no longer be able to witness her growth as an artist, but as a small consolation we still have films like "The Unbelievable Truth" and "Trust" to remind us of her once luminous presence."
Rereleased at last.
cartaufalous | Austin, TX | 06/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As in The Book of Life, Hartley exaggerates the limitations he's given so that they seem like a style. And, they are. Burke isn't the block of wood he seemed to be the first time I saw this, and Adrian Shelley crawls under your skin and lays eggs that hatch days, weeks, and even months later. And the script? Hard to do it justice, but I will say that this is one for repeated viewings. Don't rent it, buy it! You won't be sorry.Also available on VHS again. Finally."