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5.0 out of 5 stars Transfer, Soderbergh, & bonuses make Out of Sight best DVD.., May 15, 2000
This review is from: Out of Sight (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
(excerpts from a previously written review) Like Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh has offered some novel ideas in making movies: his camera angles are unique and effective, and his use of time is brilliant. But Soderbergh does something in Out of Sight that he didn't do in his previous gems King of the Hill(1993) and sex, lies and videotape(1989):comedy. Elmore Leonard has a interesting, off-beat sense of humor that some directors just can't grasp. Even Tarantino--the superkid who mainstreamed independent film--couldn't wow people with his adaptation of Leonard's Rum Punch (a.k.a. Jackie Brown). So, if you do a Elmore Leonard novel adaptation, do it well... and understand it--otherwise, things are lost in the translation. Soderbergh gets it. He is able to convey the humor of everything without straining to be superficially funny or artsy. Soderbergh also understands that Leonard's novels are very dialogue-driven, so he allows the dialogue to keep the film moving while he plays with time, and character and plot development.
The cast is, as previously mentioned, an unbelievable ensemble. The movie features some cool cameos from Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson. Don Cheadle, who plays a cold-blooded thug named Snoopy, is an excellent menace--you're always on your toes when he's on screen. But the best moments are when Clooney interacts with Jennifer Lopez, Albert Brooks, and Ving Rhames.
The downside to this movie, is that it is kind of a guy's movie, if you might consider Pulp Fiction a guy movie. There isn't a lot of gratuitous violence or sex; but, the humor and dialogue is kind of eccentric.
What's cooler about the DVD is the extras. The Collector's Edition includes a bunch of dialigue with the actors which is amusing and entertaining. More interesting are the dialogues with Elmore Leonard and Stephen Soderbergh. In these bonus features, you are shown insights to both filmmaking and storytelling for the cinema. After watching this bonus feature, you'll want to watch the film again, and further appreciate both of their talents. Sure, it was a talent enough to stop Clooney from doing that annoying head-bobbing thing that he used to do while talking, but Soderbergh has some great techniques in narration that make this the film critics' favorite movie of 1998 and one of my all time favorites too.
Another plus about the DVD is the transfer quality. It is smooth and the Dolby digital sound comes across clean and very realistic. You can hear cars zoom across the street....In front and behind you. You can hear gunshots coming from different corners of the room, that make you turn your head. Sure, you may come to expect that of most DVDs, but trust me. This one has an exceptional transfer that most action films (which this is not) lack. If you enjoyed this movie in the theaters, it's a must for your DVD collection. And if you missed it, perhaps you should give it a try. At least a rent. And then maybe you'll wish you'd have spent that 5 bucks towards buying it.
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