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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Brokeback Mountain on DVD Today

I love you somethin' fierce

Brokeback Mountain (Alliance Atlantis) - The biggest surprise, perhaps, of this so-called "gay western" is that the deep and tender relationship between Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) plays so heartbreakingly true.

DVD extras include making-of features and interviews with writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

The cinematography - locales in and around the Alberta Rockies - is gorgeous. Supporting cast members, including Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams and Randy Quaid, make a valuable contribution even if their talent tends to get overshadowed by the impressive chemistry between Ledger and Gyllenhaal.

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In other Brokeback news...

Matthew Kennedy of Pincher Creek Alberta, Canada, has just sold his truck that was used in the blockbuster movie, for $70,000.00. He put the truck on eBay, hoping that the interest in the Oscar-Winning film would find a buyer. He was right. Kennedy plans on using the money for post-secondary education after he is finished high school.

Matthew Kennedy said he bought the black, 1950 GMC truck last year at an auction of vehicles used in the movie because he liked its looks, and only decided to sell when he realized the amount of attention the film was garnering.

1950 GMC Truck from Brokeback Mountain

"The movie was getting a lot bigger and I thought I could sell it and put away the money for school," he said.

Kennedy's eBay description of the vehicle says it was driven by Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, when he meets Ennis Del Mar, played by Heath Ledger, at the start of the film.

The movie, centering on the furtive love affair between two cowboys, was shot in the Alberta foothills, south of Calgary.

"The only thing I knew about the movie was that it was being filmed in my area and it was a cowboy movie," he said.

Murray Ord, executive producer at Alberta Film Entertainment, said it's standard procedure to sell film gear post-production. "Whether it be furniture, props, anything we purchased, we try to recoup the cost," he said.

Murray Pomerance, a sociologist and author of several books about cinema compared the pickup truck with items such as Dorothy's shoes from "The Wizard of Oz" and prosthetic masks from "Star Trek."

"With certain films that are distinctive in one way or another...this desire to imbed oneself in the context of the film is huge," he said.

"We're actually taking the truck and marketing it. Young people want to play at being characters ... they're going to want to drive that truck ... it's the ultimate way to play the game."


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