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directed by Isaac Rentz
USA 2016

 

What can go wrong does go wrong on OPENING NIGHT - not to be confused with the wonderful Cassavetes film - as stage manager/former actor Nick (Topher Grace, SPIDERMAN) deals with actor egos and insecurities, technical mishaps, accidents, and a vitriolic producer (Rob Riggle, THE HANGOVER) on the opening night of "ONE HIT WONDERLAND" starring J.C. Chasez (the "other guy from NSYNC") as himself taking "A Christmas Carol"-type visit through his past as a boy band singer and his trepidation about moving forward. J.C. is sleeping his way through the chorus with an eye on Nick's ex Chloe (Alona Tal), washed-up actress Brooke (Anne Heche, PSYCHO) takes a blow to the head from a pair of oversized chopsticks carried by prop man Ron (Paul Scheer) before getting dosed with Xtasy on top of her concussion (forcing Chloe to go on as understudy), Malcolm (Taye Diggs, THE WAY OF THE GUN) is feuding with co-star Brandy (Lesli Margherita, THE NUMBER 23) over a boyfriend and they decide to settle things by seeing who can land backup dancer Xavier (Diego de Tovar), danger Eric (Johnny Ray Gill, UNDERGROUND) is devastated by the loss of his pet marmoset, assistant stage manager Alex (Lauren Lapkus, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) is easily overwhelmed, and bass guitarist Mickey (Zach Cregger) needs to get high to play. As Nick rushes around behind, above, and under the stage putting out fires, he realizes that there is a parallel between the play and the fear that caused him to give up his own acting ambitions. Boasting some entertaining musical renditions of one hit wonders from "Rock Me Amadeus", "Bust A Move", "Mambo #5", "I Melt With You", and Chasez's own cringe-inducing "Sex Me Gently" and some good choreography, the film is never quite manic enough to make us forget just how underdeveloped the characters and the character arcs really are (which is not unusual in musicals), but the film moves quick enough to be entertaining without focusing too much on is shortcomings.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 2 June 2017 (USA)

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DVD Review: Wolfe Video - Region 1 - NTSC

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Wolfe Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:23:09
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.25 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 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wolfe Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments

Wolfe Video's single-layer DVD progressive, anamorphic encode does not always seem up to the task of the film's lighting scheme, but some of the softness may indeed come from the source's attempt to make the stage scenes appear more dreamy. The backstage scenes can look murky, and the color correction seems to emphasize the harsh lighting of the settings. It is uncertain whether a higher bitrate would significantly improve on issues with the source master. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is active throughout with musical numbers and backstage noise, and optional English SDH subtitles are included. The only extras are trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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