Anybody who's even vaguely
familiar with Peter Pan will know to expect arrested adolescence when introduced
to a brother and sister pointedly named Jon and Wendy. But it's writer-director
Tamara Jenkins's decision to change the family surname from Darling to Savage
that truly speaks volumes. This no-bullshit approach well befits her subject,
one so depressing and uncommercial that American movies have generally refused
to go anywhere near it, even in passing: the trials of adult children who must
suddenly care for a dementia-addled parent. Here, fortyish Jon (Philip Seymour
Hoffman, really working the schlump), a college professor specializing in Brecht,
and Wendy (Laura Linney, surprisingly manic), a failed playwright subsisting on
temp work, must put aside decades of interpersonal rancor in order to tend to
their ailing father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), whom they both resent for having been
a distant and demanding figure throughout their motherless childhood. Squabbling
and recriminations ensue, as do heated discussions on the amenities of various
nursing homes and the wisdom of allowing poor, fading Dad to show
The Jazz Singer in a facility staffed largely by black immigrants.
Theatrical Release: January 19th, 2007 - Sundance Film Festival
DVD Review: Twentieth Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 3.0)|
|Subtitles||English (CC), French, Spanish, None|
"About the Savages" (20:25)
The dual-layered Fox DVD is quite competent. Detail shows strength and colors are typically SD-dull. This film is more about the content than any rousing technical visuals. It seems to support the theatrical edition very accurately - I see no digital manipulation. Contrast is acceptable. It is anamorphic is the 1.85:1 ratio and the disc is coded for region 1 in the NTSC standard.
There is an underused 5.1 track (and a Spanish DUB) offered in the audio department. Very clean and clear for the dialogue-driven script. There are optional English (CC), French or Spanish subtitles available.
Supplements include a decent, 20-minute, featurette entitled 'About the Savages' with input from director Jenkins and, the likes of, stars Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. There are two cute, but inconsequential extended scenes and a snapshot gallery of Jenkins' personal 'making of...' photos.
The film? - yeah, lots of redeeming and truthful moments with some light, situational humor and given the excellent performances - I recommend watching.