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Lone Star

review by Wes D.

 

Rated R

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Starring Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña

Studio: Warner

Directed by John Sayles

 

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital English Surround, Dolby Digital French Surround, English Captions, French Captions, Chapter Search

Lone Star tells the story of an 35 year old unsolved murder set against the backdrop of a small Texas border town. Director John Sayles enjoys weaving a story of complex relationships between numerous characters and different time periods, that in the end, clearly explains the motives and the actions of all the primary players. While, the murder storyline moves the movie along, the true beauty here lies in the character development and the transitional elements from the past to the present. Sayles will often use a simple panning of the camera from the past into the present as a scene transition within the same location. This is remarkably effective as the flashback takes place at the same location as the present-day story and the camera turns from the young character slowly up to the old character without breaking the shot. I guarantee you that once you've seen this done a couple of times in the movie, you'll see the both the brilliance and the elegance of this maneuver.

While the transfer looks clean and crisp and the artifacting is kept to a minimum, there isn't much here to stretch your system or make you really notice anything particularly challenging. Fortunately this is a widescreen anamorphic transfer so, there is little to complain about there.

Again, same thing as the video. There is nothing special about the Definitely nothing fancy on this front, we're talking Dolby 2.0 here. Everything is clear and easy to hear, but nothing to show off that nice new system with. The movie doesn't really lend itself to a strong 5.1 anyway, so I doubt you'll miss this much..

I almost gave it a 0, but they did include the trailer so I really can't give them no credit. If you consider a trailer an extra, than you'll be happy. If you think it's a cheap tack-on like I do, then.well this needed some work. I would have LOVED to get a commentary track on this flick, but I guess it was not to be.

Here's the hard part. This movie is near and dear to me as it was the best movie I rented in 1998, BUT this DVD doesn't begin to do this film justice. If you're just looking for a good copy of the flick that is widescreen, then hey, pick it up. But if you're looking for anything extra AT ALL..leave it alone. Maybe, we'll get a better version someday.

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