There are plenty of viewers wary of any foreign films, due to subtitles, and plenty of viewers wary of documentaries, fearing boredom or being educated when only wanting entertainment. However, those same viewers turned off of foreign films probably liked "PASSION OF THE CHRIST." And, for those afraid of documentaries, "GOD GREW TIRED OF US," may win over new legions of documentary film lovers. There are a wide range of documentary films, and "GOD GREW TIRED OF US" is nothing like "AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH." There's no lecturing, no classroom, slides, exhibits or such. Rather, it's like a great "60 MINUTES" piece. The film focuses on 3 of over 25,000 "lost boys." The youngsters had fled war-torn Sudan, having to face the real dangers of rebels, wild animals, death by dehydration and worse, all in the hopes of finding their way to a UN refugee camp in Kenya. The three men with which this film centers on, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor, were some of the 3,800 allowed to re-settle in America. As heart-breaking as their plight in their homeland has been, their dealing with assimilation in America is just as moving. The film makes viewers appreciate all the more what we so easily take for granted. Even something as basic as a toilet that flushes, is a marvel to these guys, and it's hard not to get choked up watching the wonder that these men find in everyday things. "GOD GREW TIRED OF US" is a film that must be seen!
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. While the amount of grain varies depending on locations, it's never intrusive and in keeping with the theatrical presentation. The overall image is impressive, with fine detail throughout. Contrast is excellent. Colors are solid throughout.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are rarely used, save for the film's score. But, the drama unfolding before viewer's eyes is so captivating, there's no need for other extraneous effects to heighten an individual scene's impact. The narration by Nicole Kidman is perfectly presented here. The separation effects that are presented in the front soundstage are well balanced with dialogue.
SONY has provided a terrific commentary with the film's director and the "LOST BOYS" of the film! It's a great listen, and certain to please those who will become fans after the first viewing.
A featurette is included.