Stan (Willem Dafoe) is a tortured detective that appears throughout to be a barely breathing corpse. It's not his health that is questionable. It is his drawn, drained and beaten down look. Years earlier, he was involved in a similar case that was front page news. Stan eventually got his man, or maybe in reality he didn't? Since a possibly innocent man died from a bullet to his forehead at the hands of the police, it is not entirely certain. When bodies start piling up again in a similar manner, many, including Stan, begin to wonder if it is the work of a copycat or possibly the original serial killer.
Theatrical Release: September 21st, 2007 - Milwaukee Film Festival
DVD Review: IFC - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||IFC - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 4.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Well, I liked this film. I found it unique, intelligent, educational and I am always partial to Dafoe. The transfer is single-layered, progressive and appropriately anamorph-ic. It's hard to critique the image as there is a lot on intentional technique possibly mimicking the subject matter and title. See, this film is a psychological thriller based on the concept of 'anamorphosis', a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on the same canvas - so I learned. While I thought detail was decent I can't definitely judge contrast as - even beyond flashback sequences (see sample below) - there is overblown brightness at times and I honesty believe this is an intentional effect. Director Miller, has some minor success in crafting the film like canvas art - I was as interested in they style as I was the thriller plot.
There is only minor separation in the 5.1 but this is more due to the track and heavily dialogue-driven film than the audio transfer. It is, at least, clear and consistent. There are subtitles (see sample below) - kind of a large font for my taste.
Supplements include a short 'making of...' with a couple of soundbites from the participants, an inconsequential deleted scene and a trailer.
The don't think the DVD price is outrageous and I enjoyed the film but can see some people not getting much out of the art-heavy visuals but the 'seeking-serial-killer' plot has some decent build with suspense. Dafoe seems to have a contemplative look through most of the film but this suits his character - an observant cop. To each his own but I enjoyed Anamorph.
Flashback sequences are intentionally distorted