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Clint Eastwood: Out Of The Shadows

review by Zach B.

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 87 minutes

Narrated by: Morgan Freeman

Written by: Dave Kehr

Directed by: Bruce Ricker

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: None

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen/1.33:1 Full Frame, English Dolby Digital Stereo, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Index (23 Scenes)

Released: November 20th, 2001

 

 

The man, the myth, the legend. Clint Eastwood, one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, producers and directors, is the focus of this very documentary, entitled "Clint Eastwood: Out Of The Shadows." Narrated by Morgan Freeman (who has one of those great, recognizable voices), Eastwood himself talks in front of a fire place about his work, his life and much, much more. Eastwood knows his life the best, and provides a lot of interesting information about himself, his love of music and the work that he has done. Also on hand are those who know Eastwood and/or have worked with him. You have his mother, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach, Forrest Whitaker, former New York Times film critic Janet Maslin and many, many more who talk about him and his work as well.

This is a very nice documentary that all Eastwood fans should enjoy. It doesn't focus too much on a single thing, but rather fuses elements of the time frame together. We learn about Eastwood's childhood, his major work and his life around the time of his work. So basically, it jumps back and forth between his life and his work, which I really liked. So in addition to learning what drives the Hollywood force, discussion, background information and more is focused on the show "Rawhide" (sort of) and films "The Bridges Of Madison County," "The Man With No Name Trilogy," "Dirty Harry," "Play Misty For Me," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Unforgiven" and much more.

This is a very fitting documentary to one of the greatest Hollywood talents of all time (in my opinion) and a great man. While some may like more details on Eastwood's life and a bit more focus to some of the work discussed, it's a very solid, well rounded documentary where a lot is discussed in under an hour and a half. I think the pacing is very nice to this documentary, and focuses on the important work that Eastwood has done. Overall, this is a very solid documentary that is really well made, and covers a lot of ground.

 

The documentary was shot in full frame, but was matted to what seems like 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The interviews are shown in that format, and their transfers seem to be good. The digital video interviews look nice with good color satuaration and fine detail. Otherwise, the quality varies in the film clips, which are presented in anamorphic widescreen and full frame. The older stuff is flawed, the newer stuff looks better. Still, you don't watch documentaries for video quality, right?

 

Same goes for the English Dolby Digital stereo. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and the sound of the films are pretty good. Fidelity is high and of course, dymanic range is limited. Also included are a bevy of subtitles: English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Thai Subtitles and Korean Subtitles. Oh, and English Closed Captions for the hearing impaired via your television.

 

Despite the back of the box showing a picture of the main menu with a trailer, the menu on the actual disc doesn't have that trailer option. The disc has has nothing at all.

 

"Clint Eastwood: Out Of The Shadows" is a great documentary about a great talent. It's surely worth a rental, but it's a must purchase for you Eastwood fanatics. However, if it ever becomes slightly cheaper and you're a casual fan, be sure to pick it up. Though there are no extras and the presentation is decent, this purchase is more on quality of the documentary itself. And beleieve me, it is worth it.