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LIONS GATE has released one of those overlooked, rare
gems, “SHATTERED GLASS.” Various recent acknowledgements of revered
reporters making up their stories, never fail to amaze or grip readers.
One of the more interesting debacles involved a reporter named Stephen Glass, of
the New Republic.
Glass wrote a “fiction” novel of his experiences titled, “The Fabulist,” and
allegedly was uncooperative with the filmmakers. This also seemed obvious
in comments made by some of the actors during
Hayden Christensen plays Glass, and walks that narrow road between disdain for
what this reporter did, and empathy for his inner desire to be liked and
When stories weren’t surfacing, Glass decided to manufacture them. People
rally around a winner, and Glass benefited by having an editor who believed in
him, played wonderfully by Hank Azaria.
Unfortunately for Glass, this editor gets fired, and the new one, played
wonderfully by Peter Saarsgard, is more skeptical. One major story begins
to unravel in a way that’s just as gripping as the made up one!
“SHATTERED GLASS” is a remarkable film for many reasons. Of course, the acting
is outstanding, but so is the talent displayed by writer-director Billy Ray.
Seldom has a filmmaker utilized conventional storytelling techniques(and some
non-conventional)to better affect! There is one particular montage sequence
that’s, in a word, “staggering!”
LION’S GATE has preserved the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.
While there is some grain, the overall detail and sharpness, are both excellent.
Fleshtones appear natural.
LION’S GATE has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release. This
isn’t an aggressive mix, with surrounds used sparingly, and not even to boost
the wonderful score. Still, the power of the drama
unfolding on the screen doesn’t make it wanting for more. This is a
dialogue-driven film, and all of it is intelligible and free from distortion.
An audio commentary with the film’s writer/director Billy Ray and film editor,
Charles Lane, is offered. It’s a fine commentary, filled with a wide array of
information, and never dull.
There’s also one other terrific extra….the “60 Minutes” segment dealing with the
real-life Stephen Glass.
Several trailers are also offered.