is the latest film from the Polish brothers, the duo responsible for the
critically acclaimed “Twin Falls, Idaho.” Visually stunning but lacking in
depth, “NORTHFORK” takes place in a small Montana town(NORTHFORK) in 1955.
The entire town is forced to confront dramatic changes about to occur
when the evacuation is called for due to the construction of a hydroelectric
is magnificent. James Woods plays one of a six-man crew assigned to convince
citizens unwilling to evacuate, to come to their senses.
A coinciding plot involves a sick boy that may be an angel, under the
care of Father Harlan(Nick Nolte) while the town folk spends time coming to
terms or neglecting the possibility of other angels in their midst.
There’s plenty of symbolism, thrown out in every other scene, but
there’s little in the way of emotional context.
It’s one thing to have the audience need to fill in the blanks at
times, but for the entire film???
while visually arresting, is emotionally bleak, and too cold to really serve as
an entertaining experience.
has given the film a wonderful transfer. The original 2.35:1 aspect ratio is
intact. The film’s color design
varies in color depth, often intentionally appearing close to
“black&white”. Still, the
image is splendid, and there’s great detail throughout.
Fleshtones appear natural.
has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While
surrounds are often restrained, there’s great clarity and detail.
When rare surround effects are utilized, it’s with great impact.
is “amost” always intelligible. We still needed captioning for Nolte’s
lines at times.
has offered several extras for this release.
A running commentary with the writers/directors, offers more explanation
of the film’s intended symbolism. It offers plenty of explanation and detail
we only wish the film had been able to convey.
KNUCKLE FILMMAKING” offers a compilation of featurettes, actually more
entertaining than the final film managed to be.
It also offers an inspiring look at how a film with no budget actually
could get made!
“photo gallery” is offered, with some stunning images.