Directed by Trygve Allister Diesen + Lucky McKee
USA 2008

 

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.

Wait a minute. I’m making this sound good aren’t I? Sorry for the confusion, because it isn’t good. In fact, it’s jaw-droppingly bad.

Excerpt from Jeremy Know at Film Threat located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 20th, 2008

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DVD Review: Magnolia - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Magnolia - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:32:54 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.3 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), English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Magnolia

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Brian Cox (4:49)
• Deleted Scenes (8:38)

DVD Release Date: October 28th, 200
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Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

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. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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