Even the skillful direction of John Boorman and actors of the caliber of
Samuel L. Jackson aren't able to overcome a mediocre script, as is found in
"IN MY COUNTRY," available on dvd from SONY. The plot focuses on two
journalists assigned to cover the "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION" established in 1994, wherein those guilty of horrible acts of racism are forgiven in exchange for testifying to their crimes. The two journalists, played by Jackson and Juliette Binoche, embark on their own journey of self-discovery and what transpires is too painfully obvious and surprisingly unemotional.
SONY has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.
Colors are solid and often vibrant. Darker scenes lack the detail often
found in superior SONY releases, but the overall image is outstanding and
compliments the beautiful location scenery.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.0 mix. The front soundstage offers
plenty of separation effects. The surround effects are virtually
unrecognizable as they're rarely used and tend to be overshadowed by the
front. In spite of this fact, it's an engaging mix. Dialogue is always
intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included many extras for this release. Deleted scenes, a variety
of interviews with cast and crew, and much more are offered.