Although it's still not completely comprehensible, Director/Writer's directorial debut, "THE NINES" is a far better film than any(with the exception of "GO")of the films resulting from his previous scripts. August masterfully(for the most part)weaves three tales together with Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis as the stars in all three scenarios. Blending absurdity, comedy and suspense, these tales take the viewer on an extremely original journey, and while veering towards the uncomfortable zone at times, one is ultimately in the hands of a master and the final resolution makes the trip well worth it.
It would do the film no justice to try to summarize it, but those familiar with the writer's other films should know "THE NINES" is nothing like them, and far, far better!
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this release with 16:9 enhancement. The movie is comprised of various film and video elements for an unusual atmosphere that looks impressive throughout. Colors are intentionally restrained, but never dull. Blacks and grays are deep enough to provide impressive contrast.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's a great mix, without ever feeling obviously aggressive. August has paid attention to detail and it provides maximum impact to intended scenes. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has loaded this one with extras, including two great, different commentaries, deleted scenes and a great making of featurette!