Trygve Allister Diesen + Lucky McKee
After his dog Red is killed for
no reason by the leader of three teenage goons, Avery Ludlow simply cannot wrap
his head around why the kid did it, or why he laughed while he did it, or why he
doesn’t care one bit about the incident afterwards. The kid’s brother, not as
goonish as the other two in the gang, seems to care, but not the shooter
himself, not the guy who actually pulled the trigger. What was a soul destroying
moment for Avery is a non-event to the shooter, barely worth thinking about.
Avery doesn’t want to sue for money or prosecute for jail time. Instead he wants
the kid to genuinely show remorse.
Theatrical Release: January 20th, 2008
DVD Review: Magnolia - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
with Brian Cox (4:49)
This single-layered interlaced DVD transfer is highly overpriced - not discounting that a superior rendering wouldn't at all improve the film. I've always liked Brian Cox and the underused Sizemore is always good - especially for a tailor-made role like this, but it is so one-dimensional and lopsided that most of the audience will be left wholly unsatisfied. It's really kind of silly.
Back to the DVD - unremarkable in every sense with SD-weak colors, moderate detail - appearing to have been shot on DV. Audio comes in two flavors - 5.1 and 2.0 but the former is mostly wasted with few demonstrative moments. The only subtitles are removable Spanish.
Extras are puffed with a 5 minute Cox interview and some inconsequential deleted scenes. This film doesn't work even as a revenge drama and the $23 price-tag is almost criminal for what Magnolia have thrown together. Pass.