One of the most captivating documentaries of recent years, "MY KID COULD PAINT THAT" is now available on dvd from SONY. The filmmaker began this documentary with a sense of awe towards the subject, the four year old daughter of Mark and Laura Omstead, Marla. Marla was achieving success and recognition as a abstract painter. Documenting the next 12 months, Marla is both celebrated and dismissed as a fraud, or rather, her parents are accused of "helping" their daughter with the art. What's brilliant and aggravating about the documentary lies in the fact that there is no practical, definitive way to assess the accusation. One can come away from this film feeling very strongly about the answer to the charges, one way or the other. As has been the case with notable film critics "and" art critics!
SONY has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release, with 16:9 enhancement. Shot in high-def, some of the imagery looks soft, but other scenes offer exquisite detail and vibrant colors. Overall, it's a fine transfer.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.0 mix that perfectly compliments the picture. While a documentary of this kind, doesn't require surround and discrete effects, music and occasional effects are well delegated through all speakers, with the right emphasis placed on the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included a "so-so" commentary, without the filmmaker, Bar-Lev. A featurette includes outtakes and more. Unfortunately, there is no information provided as to the current status and aftermath of the Olmstead family, following the film's original release.