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(aka 'Confessions d'un homme dangereux )

directed by George Clooney
USA
2002

  Clooney, recently most notable as Steven Soderbergh's fetish star (Out of Sight, Ocean's 11, Solaris) delivers a remarkable first film as a director with this biopic of game show impresario, Chuck Barris. Given the bizarre subject matter (Barris was a noted loony, and in his "unauthorized autobiography" upon which this film was based he claims to have assassinated over 30 people for the CIA) Clooney alternates between almost slapstick humor and pathos to give us the rise, fall, and redemption of the main character. Sam Rockwell plays Barris with perfection, capturing all the eccentric, self-doubting Barris' odd charms. Having been a devotee of The Gong Show in the late 70's I can attest to how well both Clooney and Rockwell do in giving this film the perfect air of verisimilitude. The film also features Clooney himself as Barris' CIA contact, Drew Barrymore as his lifelong love interest, Julia Roberts as a mysterious woman from his CIA haunts, and in a pair of perfect cameos, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.  out of   

Jim Bach from his review website located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 31st, 2002 - (limited) - USA

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Distribution Miramax - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:53:12
Video 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French  (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English (Hearing Impaired) , None
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Release Information:
Studio: Miramax Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
 2.39:1

Edition Details:

• Feature commentary with Director George Clooney and Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel
• Deleted Scenes with commentary
• Six Behind the Scene Vignettes
• Sam Rockwell Screen Test (3 scenes)
• "Gong Show" Acts
• The Real Chuck Barris Documentary
• Still Gallery

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2003

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Chapters: 18

 

 

Comments:

I would say that this image is not as good as one might expect from a recent film. It is quite hazy at times and the colors never seemed very vibrant. It is not horrendous, but I expected more. What it lacks in image though, it makes up for in extras: this disc is stacked with an interesting commentary, featurettes etc... The audio is a clean 5.1 track, that is never tested in the body of the film. There is also a French DUB. Subtitles are not the same vibrant yellow as CTSHV ones and therefore not as distracting to the eye. Overall this is an interesting film - and if you are keen on the story there is a bevy of featured extras. out of      

Gary W. Tooze

 





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