SONY has released the indie film, "BAGHEAD," on dvd. While the Duplass Brothers showed promise with their earlier film, "THE PUFFY CHAIR," theri latest, after a nice start, falls all over itself, and makes one understand why it's hard to get good films made, while at the same time, wondering why "BAGHEAD" was ever made?
Two frustrated actors decide to stop waiting for doors to open, electing to head out to a cabin for a weekend with two girls, and crack out a script for af film that they can shoot starring themselves. They come up with a horror film, with a killer in it wearing a "BAGHEAD." After lots of drinking, soul-searching, a rebuffed gesture for romance, and little work done on the script, the characters become alarmed at strange things occurring, as well as the appearance of a man wearing a "Bag" over his head in the distance. Sorry, but most low-budget horror films are more entertaining than anything achieved here. The first 10 minutes of the film is actually quite good, but it quickly deteriorates into a dull, uninspired film that could actually make viewers wary of watching "good" indies! Even at 80 minutes, the film feels painfully long! The last 10 minutes, wherein things should be picking up greatly, due to a minor revelation, feels excruciating!
SONY has included a 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is decent, considering the notable low-budget restraints for the production. Colors are solid, but subdued. Detail tends to appear soft, but not annoyingly so. Contrast is decent, allowing for adequate detail in darker scenes. An average transfer, and closely representing its theatrical presentation.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. This is a front-focused mix, with some minor ambient effects. Discrete and surround effects are barely noticeable, but this is the least of the film's problems, if having read the above review.
SONY has included a commentary with the directors. It's actually much more entertaining than the film, and it makes this reviewer sad to have to admonish them so harshly for the end product, because they really seem like great, fun guys. But, sometimes, the truth hurts. And, they're apparently getting films made and released, which is a major accomplishment by anyone at any time.
An interview with these guys is also included.