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directed by Christian Filippella
Italy/USA 2011

 

Everyone has it in for a powerful Hollywood producer/money launderer known only as "The Master", particularly the equally powerful "Senator" (Eric Roberts, THE DEAD WANT WOMEN) who sets off a chain reaction of blackly comic bloody mayhem by sending a silver case to his rival. The delivery is derailed when the case is stolen from the harried courier and changes hands among Hollywood's seedy underbelly including a pair of smugglers (Brian Keith Gamble and Chris Facey) eager to shift the unopened case for money to make up for a lost shipment within forty-eight hours. Seymour Cassel (FACES) has a brief role as an antiques dealer. The feature debut of Italian prize-winning short filmmaker Christian Filippella, SILVER CASE is a rather derivative and contrived riff somewhere in between THE PLAYER and PULP FICTION (with the usual posturing and gunplay). Although handsomely mounted and taking full cinematographic advantage of several gorgeous Hollywood locations (including some little hideaways), the acting (or the direction of the acting) is mostly stiff with only Roberts coming across well in a role he's played several times before (although Gamble and Facey are quite entertaining with what seems like a series of improvised and lengthy exchanges). A subplot in which Margot (Claire Falconer) is hired by "The Senator" to seduce A-list actor Doug Damien (Vincent De Paul) to prevent him from signing on to The Master's latest production slows down the what might have been at least an entertaining time-waster (which would probably make a good double bill with Breaking Glass' DEAD IN FRANCE).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 January 2012 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:03
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.63 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Behind the Scenes 1 (16:9; 12:26)
• Behind the Scenes 2 (16:9; 55:35)
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer 1 (16:9; 1:50)
• Trailer 2 (16:9; 2:03)
• Trailers for K-11, MUY PRONTO, and MADRID 1987

DVD Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' dual-layer DVD presents a handsome progressive, anamorphic transfer of this well-lensed HD production (shot with both the Red One camera and a Canon DSLR). Audio is stereo only, but it's forceful when required. Two behind the scenes featurettes are offered up, the short one being a series of extracts from the longer, which is not so much a featurette as a montage of behind the scenes video and on-set comments from the actors. For the most part, it isn't that interesting until the last fifteen minutes or so that focuses on Filippella's blocking and direction of Seymour Cassel's scene.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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