SONY has released the art-house drama, "OFF THE MAP". Sam Elliott and
Joan Allen star as the free-spirit parents of an eleven year old girl, choosing
to live their life away from the commercial, industrial world, opting for
life on an isolated desert ranch in New Mexico. They live below the poverty
line, but haven't even filed a tax return in years. A catharsis for changes
in all of their lives, arrives with an IRS agent sent to audit the family.
With careful direction, incredible acting and subtle, but effective pacing,
"OFF THE MAP" manages to become moving and thought provoking.
Based on a play, its evolution is discussed in both the director/writer
commentary included herein. It's not an entertaining commentary, but it
serves to enlighten certain aspects of the film, that are otherwise
SONY has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.
Colors are solid throughout. There's great detail and the desert takes on a
surprisingly effective, colorful atmosphere, well serviced with the
SONY has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that, while not aggressive,
manages to impress with a creative blending of atmospheric and music
discrete effects. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included a "ANATOMY OF A SCENE" segment from the Sundance Channel.