"TSOTSI", an ultimately engaging, but over-rated Academy Award Winner for best foreign-film, has been released on dvd by BUENA VISTA. The story is about a young "thug"(Tsotsi) whose life decidedly changes after he finds a baby strapped in the back of the BMW he's just stolen. What could have been something just short of a "masterpiece", ends up becoming something just "above" average.
With the slums of South Africa as its setting, the film has many opportunities to make concrete statements, but instead, opts to make none, choosing to lightly touch upon them in an entirely superficial, unrealistic way. It has kind of the same crappy pat-on-the-back attitude of "DRIVING MS. DAISY". However, at least "TSOTSI" is never as dull as that other film.
BUENA VISTA has preserved most of the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are flawlessly represented and the detail is remarkable. It's a great transfer, although it appears to be closer to 2.0:1 than the original 2.35:1 ratio.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is extremely effective and involving, actually coming across as more creative than the script. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Audio commentary, 2 alternate endings and a featurette are included.