Far better than the 1966 feature film, “MODESTY BLAISE”, but still not as good as the source material deserves, “MY NAME IS MODESTY” has been released from MIRAMAX. Alexandra Staden stars as action heroine. Most of the film’s 80 minutes are set within a casino wherein Modesty has been working for a mobster. When gunmen kill her boss and take over the casino, Modesty buys time by challenging the leader of the robbers to games of roulette. As the wheel spins, we learn more about Modesty’s true background, or at least what we are led to believe is her real background. In spite of the film’s modest budget, the production design is impressive and the casting is fine. While there are many actresses that could make for better casting of “Modesty,” this one does a fine, if not memorable job. While the film’s pacing is fine, its generally one location setting wears thin fast, and begins to wear a bit, even before the short running time ends.
MIRAMAX has presented the film in its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are consistently sharp and the contrast is impressive, offering deep blacks and grays. Grain is present, but not distracting. Fleshtones appear natural.
MIRAMAX has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s pretty aggressive in terms of surround effects, however the musical score is surprisingly understated. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
For such a short and generally unknown film, it’s surprising to find so many supplements here. Not one, but two commentaries are offered! One, featuring the film’s writers, explores the film’s plot development and source material. A 2nd commentary, featuring the film’s producer and director, offers extensive production information. A lengthy interview with the creator of “MODESTY BLAISE” is offered. An interview with Director Scott Spiegel and Quentin Tarantino is also offered.