Director Joel Schumacher is irritating in many ways. He has shown the ability( for short spurts)to create tense scenes(Falling Down, 8mm) but ultimately, his bombastic style causes everything to implode. For every great moment in "FLATLINERS", there were far more annoying ones. His most recent film, "THE NUMBER 28" ties with "DYING YOUNG" as his worst film "and" one of the worst films of all time.
However, "PHONEBOOTH", even with a ridiculous, insulting ending, is fun! The concept revolves around its star, Colin Farrell, being stuck at sniper shot distance, in a phone booth throughout the film's running time. Sure, it's only about 80 minutes long, but Schumacher manages to hold it together for the most part and he's "never" been able to get 80 minutes of decent narrative in his career before this!
Colin Farrell will surpise even the biggest skeptics with his performance. His speech in the finale' is really that good! It's Oscar-worthy!
FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This is one of the best BLU-RAY releases thus far! Colors, even with annoying filters, are rich. The detail in scene after scene, is amazing! This is really close to three-dimensional high definition. STUNNING!!!
FOX has provided a DTS HD- LOSSLESS 5.1 mix. It's a great mix, filled with discrete effects, all blending into a melting pot of surrounds, music and pans, making this much livelier than one would've expected from a film made so quickly. It's a great mix with outstanding fidelity and layers of effects that actually enhance the film's tension.
A commentary with Schumacher is included, providing some funny stories and even a little insight into the film's technical accomplishments.