Director Sidney Pollack's "SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY" is one of the better documentaries to come out in the last 5 years. It's also an entertaining film. Pollack opens up the film explaining its origins, and the fact that while he was a friend of Gehry's but didn't know anything about architecture, makes the film much more accessible for large audiences. Pollack approaches this genius and his work as a layman and because of that everything seems relaxed and breezy. It's like taking a very fun, accelerated course on architecture at a local museum, but with a great architect and instructor walking alongside us as we examine the actual work up close.
Because a variety of cameras has been utilized, the image quality varies. Some scenes using a hand-held camera, are grainy and soft. Other scenes offer excellent color and contrast. In spite of the quality variance, it's a generally impressive image with some of the architecture appearing beautifully with outstanding light and shadow conditions.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The sound also varies in quality. But, even though this mix suffers from minor distortion a few times, the musical score is outstanding and well complimented in surrounds. It's impressive.
There is a terrific Q&A supplementary feature with the film's director moderated by another director, Alexander Payne. There are also numerous trailers.