(aka 'Angst and Alienation in America' or 'Untitled Wim Wenders Project')
Land of Plenty isn't for everyone, but patient viewers will be rewarded with a poignant look at life in America today. The screenplay by director Wim Wenders and Michael Meredith, from an original story by Wenders and Scott Derrickson, concerns Lana (Michelle Williams), a young woman returning to live in the U.S. after years abroad. While working as a missionary, Lana tries to locate her only living relative, an uncle named Paul (John Diehl), but once she finds him, he wants nothing to do with her. Paul is a Vietnam veteran living in fear of outsiders attacking America; he travels in a van throughout the day and night spying on people who look suspicious to him. Finally, Paul allows Lana into his life when a sudden and unexpected killing of an Arab man forces them together in order to figure out the mystery behind the murder.
Theatrical Release: September 9th, 2004 - Venice Film Festival
DVD Review: IFC - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 6.25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
by director Wim Wenders
IFC continue to irritate me with their sub-standard interlaced transfers. This exhibits the same hazy qualities that other IFC DVD productions usually display (see I Am a Sex Addict - although their Lonesome Jim is progressive). It is in the 1.78 aspect ratio and is certainly viewable via a tube (CRT) system. Franz Lustig's cinematography really suffers with the poor transfer. IFC can be forgiven somewhat as it does have a Wenders commentary.
In the commentary director Wenders discusses the speed in which they were able to make the film - from his conception to start filming in less than a month. he also divulges the cast and crew fee - where it be director or star - it was $100/day. Wenders describes the video image looking great theatrically. There are 8 deleted scenes.
As with Down in the Valley - I suspect the existing Nordic transfers will be superior and we may compare one day. The film has a lot of Wenders in it - slow pace, but far more a political juncture than I have seen from him before. It survives with the same gentle tact of most of his work, but unfortunately that usual means the pacing is too labored for many. I liked it - as I do most of his work, but you may disagree. I do suggest giving it a spin to determine for yourself - you may be very pleasantly surprised.