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Director Norman Jewison is frustrating. When he’s
good, what could
have been good a good film becomes great, eg. “HURRICANE.” But, when
he’s bad, what could have been a good film becomes “mediocre” at
best! This is the case with “THE STATEMENT.” In spite of an
incredible cast, and decent script, it never achieves the thriller
status it aspires to be. After a compelling flashback sequence in
which we find a young collaborator for the Vichy regime, Pierre
Brossard, coldly murdering seven Jews. Many years later, his case is
reopened, and in a ridiculously predictable scene, we find that even
those hunting him down, due so at great peril. The fact that he’s
being chased by the good guys for justice and the bad guys, wishing
to cover up their complicity in having protected him for so long, is
supposed to make the film more compelling. It doesn’t!
As already mentioned, “THE STATEMENT” has a great cast, and it’s sad
to see them wasted in such a mediocre film.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid, and while not vibrant, dead on.
Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear
COLUMBIA TRISTAR provides a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While there are
some surround effects, this is a dialogue-driven film, and most of
the mix is center speaker focused. Dialogue is always intelligible
and free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided some extras, including “throw away”
deleted scenes. A featurette is totally expendable, however
interviews with Michael Caine and Jewison are interesting, if brief.
An audio commentary with Jewison is offered, and while he doesn’t
acknowledge the film’s major problems due to “his” direction, it’s
still insightful and worthwhile.