Director Errol Morris is great! He, perhaps more than
director, has demonstated again and again, that documentaries can be
as good and “even” better than many mainstream feature films, and as
with his films, “terrific!”
“THE FOG OF WAR” is centered around an in-depth interview with the
former Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara.
Divided into 11 lessons, each offers reasoning from McNamara that’s
both provocative and entertaining. Most impressive about McNamara is
the fact that he’s so candid and doesn’t ever appear to have answers
that are self-serving. He’s open and well-informed as to what lessons
he’s learned from his own mistakes. It’s obvious that he and Morris
hope viewers will learn as well.
The content supporting each lesson is invaluable, as evidenced in the
first segment dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis. For those
history buffs thinking they have learned all there is to learn about
that event, “FOG OF WAR” educates even further. There is a lot of
provocative revisitation about America’s military execution of WW2
with the bomb, as well as its thought process relating to Vietnam.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, wth 16:9
enhancement. Quality varies depending on the source of stock footage, however
the interview footage is sharp. Colors, while restrained, are still fine.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix. This is a
dialogue-driven film, so there is no necessity for surround effects. However, as
with Morris’ previous films, the Philip Glass score is incredible, it also adds
much to the atmosphere, and is well complimented.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided nearly 40 minutes of deleted footage. Most of this
is devoted to Vietnam and a few other insightful moments.
Several trailers are also included.