||DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Before "CRASH" achieved acclaim for its powerful reflections of a wide
array of characters dealing with life in Los Angeles, there was a lesser known
film with similar ambitions, "PLAYING BY HEART." Although "PLAYING BY HEART"
failed on many levels wherein "CRASH" succeeded, it also succeeded on many
levels where "POWDER BLUE" doesn't!
All of the characters, save for the one played by Lisa Kudrow, appear doomed
from the beginning, and while it's easy to believe in Ray Liotta's performance
as a former inmate trying to rebuild a relationship with his long-suffering,
unloved daughter, before he dies from cancer, the rest of the cast never make
their characters feel real. Of course, the beleagured script, filled with
ridiculously contrived caricatures, doesn't help. While many and Justin
Timberlake may consider Jessica Biehl to be beautiful, her performance as a
stripper is dreadful!!! It really ranks with one of the most unbelievably bad
performances of all time. Swayze's performance isn't that good either, but he's
proven his ability as an actor with "CITY OF GOD" and other films, and one can
forgive anyone having to speak the embarassing dialogue his club owner character
has to offer. "POWDER BLUE" does succeed, technically in bridging some
narrative puzzles together by its end, but it's hard to perceive viewers being
either entertained or moved by the film when it's finally ended.
IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC
MPEG-4 blu-ray. While grain borders on intrusive at times, the unique color
designs(sometimes monochromatic)given to individual storylines, is consistently
impressive, save for any and all scenes within Swayze's club. It's within this
zone that the image falls completely flat and colors are oversaturated. In any
other scene, depth is typically three-dimensional.
IMAGE has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. While the lossy mix provides
some dynamic moments, most of the soundtrack is enemic. With this mix, the
hustle and bustle of LA streets sounds more like the post-apocalyptic streets of
"I AM LEGEND." Little is offered to bring the viewer into the already troubled
film. Dialogue is always intelligible and free of distortion.
Along with a photo gallery, a trailer for the film(standard definition), a
featurette with cast/crew interviews(standard definition)and a
hard-to-sit-through audio commentary with the film's director and producer is
offered. These two think they've created a bold film, but they need to go back
to film school.