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ANCHOR BAY/STARZ has released a surprisingly fresh pseudo-documentary,
"PAPER HEART" on blu-ray and dvd. While "pseudo-documentaries" are typically
used for mediocre horror films,(CLOVERFIELD, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY),
writer/actress Charlyne Yi uses it in a creative and engaging way here. Yi and
co-writer/director Nicholas Jasenovec have put forth the premise that Yi is
travelling across America doing her own documentary with an actor standing in as
the actual director, to understand what real love is through her discussions and
filmed interviews with various people sharing their perspective and experiences.
Charlene has real doubts as to whether "real" love is nothing but the idealized
fantasies she has found through film and other "romanticized" arenas, seeming to
be too perfect for the struggles existing within the human condition.
Alongside her best friend, a novice director, Nicholas(played by an actor), she
films her encounters with a variety of people, from a wide range of backgrounds,
including professionals, motorcycle riders, couples with longstanding
relationships, and more.
Along her journey, she meets Michael Cera, playing himself, and even while
taking in a large assortment of information regarding the "truth" behind what
love is, she finds her relationship with Cera growing towards,....?
While "PAPER HEART" has some stumbling blocks, due to a few instances in which
the "documentary" feel comes across a bit too staged with its two main actors,
and some slow moments ocurring in the 2nd half. However, there are moments
between these two that feel very natural. Most moving and intriguing are the
interviews with the various unknowns, having the same kind of impact Woody Allen
achieved with the "documentary" footage his character cared so much for in his
film, "CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS."
Imperfect as it is, "PAPER HEART" is still one of the more original takes on the
"pseudo" documentary film genre of recent memory.
ANCHOR BAY/STARZ has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for the (16:9
enhanced)dvd and AVC-MPEG 4 encoded 1080p blu-ray. The original source material
was HD, but the HD image isn't anything striking in the way that Michael Mann's
latest work has been. Colors are often subdued, and contrast problems are
sometimes prominent due to lighting conditions. While detail is notably better
on blu-ray than dvd, both formats offer a consistently "flat" image. Artifacts
are slightly more prominent on the blu-ray than the dvd.
A dolby digital 5.1 mix for dvd and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for blu-ray have been
provided. While neither mix is all that impressive, the lossy mix is notably
more impressive when surround effects do occur. Music is also presented with
better fidelity on the blu-ray. Neither mixes are immersive, or poorly executed.
However, the blu-ray is notably better in terms of overall fidelity.
Other than a few more trailers, both formats offer the same extras. These
include extensive deleted scenes, two music videos, one with Charlotte and
another with her and Cera. Interviews with various comedians, cut from the final
film, contain some memorable moments. There is also some interesting
behind-the-scenes footage. The blu-ray offers these extras in 1080p for the most
part, and some 1080i.