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``The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing'' Arrives as Stand-Alone DVD September 6.

BURBANK, Calif. -- Featuring Academy Award(R)-Winning Editors and their Directors Including George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Rob Cohen, Alexander Payne and Lawrence Kasdan

"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, available for $14.98 SRP.

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 Film Festivals in Mill Valley, Ashland, Denver and Maui. 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" 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 evolved over time.

Note to Editors: E-mail materials requests to karenpenhale@cs-pr.com; fax 818-260-0707. Download art at www.whvdirect.com.
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