(May 31, 2005 - Burbank, CA) - "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" -- an illuminating feature-length documentary that traces the history and critical role of the often unappreciated motion picture film editor -- arrives as a stand-alone DVD from Warner Home Video September 6. The DVD will be available for $14.98 SRP/ $9.95 MAP. Orders are due August 2. Directed by Wendy Apple, written by Mark Jonathan Harris and narrated by Kathy Bates, "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" had its world premiere at the 2004 Hollywood Film Festival followed by a New York premiere at the Museum of Television and Radio. It has also been a favorite on the Festival circuit, having been selected to be part of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Ashland Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen to house all the interview elements of "The Cutting Edge" for permanent exhibit in their library, as has New York’s Museum of Television and Radio. "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" begins with the roots of film editing -- from the early 20th century when ‘cuts’ were merely starting and stopping the camera; to Edwin S. Porter, the first editor to intercut between scenes; to James and Rose Smith, the couple who helped D.W. Griffith establish the basic “grammar” of film. The documentary also examines techniques of Russian directors like Sergei Eisenstein ("Potamkin" (1925) and Dziga Vertov, whose "The Man with a Camera" (1929) amazingly demonstrates every modern editing convention used today. The documentary takes the viewer on an entertaining journey inside the editing room and underscores the editor's vital role in the filmmaking process. "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" also explores how the editor/director relationship has changed over the years. During the silent era through early Hollywood, directors were not even allowed in the editing room, whereas now, editors and directors collaborations can span twenty years or more. A host of acclaimed editors explain many of the landmark techniques they’ve developed and how these techniques have changed over the years. Below are some highlights: Thelma Schoonmaker (winner of this year’s Oscar® for "Aviator") on facing the challenges of "Raging Bull" and "GoodFellas." Paul Verhoeven and Frank J. Urioste on how they convinced Sharon Stone to leave in the several now-famous frames from "Basic Instinct’s" interrogation scene because it would make her a star. Dede Allen adapting new European techniques of the era to Hollywood movies and breaking with tradition on "Bonnie and Clyde." Dylan Tichenor on editing sex (“these are the most intimate moments [between] humans, and you’re saying ‘let’s put them on a 40-foot screen for thousands of people”); Carol Littleton on making "Body Heat" erotic and not explicit; Anne Coates on heightening sexual tension as Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney undressed in "Out of Sight." Walter Murch and Richard Marks on how Martin Sheen’s character was significantly shaped through editing in "Apocalypse Now." George Lucas on how the digital revolution has enhanced the poetic powers of the editor. Zach Sternberg on how editing is about the story telling. “No matter how much razzle dazzle you have, it’s still about the story not the tools.” Dedicated to late editor and documentary filmmaker Arnold Glassman, "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" is a Starz Encore Entertainment presentation of a TCEP production in association with American Cinema Editors, co-produced by NHK and the BBC. Executive producers, Stephan Shelanski, Nobuo Isobe, Nick Ware, Wendy Apple, Alan Heim. Co-executive producers, Barry Rebo, Steven B. Cohen, Richard Lorber. Featured filmmakers and editors: Dede Allen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Conrad Buff, Donn Cambern, James Cameron, Jay Cassidy, Richard Chew, Anne V. Coates, Rob Cohen, Chris Columbus, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Jodie Foster, Antony Gibbs, Mark Goldblatt, Alan Heim, Paul Hirsch, Tina Hirsch, Peter Honess, Joe Hutshing, Michael Kahn, Lawrence Kasdan, Chris Lebenzon, Carol Littleton, George Lucas, Richard Marks, Craig McKay, Sally Menke, Anthony Minghella, Walter Murch, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Tom Rolf, Pietro Scalia, Thelma Schoonmaker, Ridley Scott, Howard Smith, Zach Staenberg, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Tent, Dylan Tichenor, Michael Tronick, Frank Urioste, Paul Verhoeven. "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" The DVD is in widescreen format, Dolby Digital, stereo surround sound, with subtitles in English, Spanish and French. 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