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On rare occasions, a small film sticks out, even
amongst the giant
blockbusters so rampant in theaters now. “THE STATION AGENT” is such
a film! It speaks in low volumes, without explosions, chase
scenes(Well, it has one!)and typical fanfare of big budget films,
about important things. Its main character is a dwarf named Finbar.
He’s not a typical main character for many reasons. He’s not very
friendly, and does what he can to keep his feelings private. But,
due to a great script, great direction, and an even greater cast, we
long to learn more about him and of the friends he makes, even
though, at first, he tries to keep his distance from them.
Finbar has inherited a desolate small train station, in a countryside
area of New Jersey. It looks like no one will ever stop there, but
as fate has it, a great guy, Joe, driving a food truck stakes his
non-existent business right outside the station. Another character,
Olivia almost runs him down twice, albeit accidentally!
These characters, their chemistry and genuine likeability and
suffering brings them together in a completely moving and stimulating
story! While there are plenty of personal tragedies in these
people’s lives, there’s also a great sense of hope, that forces its
way onto the audience.
“THE STATION AGENT” must be seen!
BUENA VISTA has presented the film with its correct 1.85:1 aspect
ratio and 16:9 enhancement. Although blown up from 16mm, the image is
less grainy than one would expect. Detail is fine, and colors are
solid, although muted in many spots. Contrast levels are fine,
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Being character and
dialogue-driven, there’s little utilization of surround sound. The
mix is restrained, keeping in tone with the rest of the film’s
atmosphere. However, there are occasional atmospheric effects.
Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
BUENA VISTA has provided an audio commentary with the cast and
director. It’s a fine commentary, certain to entertain the majority
of viewers destined to become fans of the film.
A brief “deleted scenes” segement is also included. None are crucial,
but all seem to have been cut for time, rather than any flaws.
An alternate ending is included, and worthwhile.
Several trailers are also offered.