Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

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Director: Errol Morris

Cast: Dave Hoover, George Mendonca, Ray Mendez

     
 

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The lives of four strange men are examined in Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. The film is presented in a pleasing 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors here are all sharp and bright without any major imperfection marring the image. With the black levels all appearing dark and solid, this picture (which is often the product of various film stocks)See more details below

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The lives of four strange men are examined in Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. The film is presented in a pleasing 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors here are all sharp and bright without any major imperfection marring the image. With the black levels all appearing dark and solid, this picture (which is often the product of various film stocks) should please fans of the film. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 surround and aptly supports the film. There is little excitement to be found on this mix in the way of surround sounds, though the dialogue, effects and music are all free and clear of any excessive hiss and distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The extra features for Fast, Cheap and Out of Control are floating at the bare minimum -- all that's included on this DVD are a few bonus theatrical trailers for the movies 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels and The Spanish Prisoner.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Not the study of loose women or binge drug users one might expect from the title, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control is an engaging, if meandering, take on four quirky men whose unconventional jobs are their lives. Their earnest devotion is priceless, and acclaimed documentarist Errol Morris captures them at work with all manner of loving camerawork. Especially ethereal in its beauty are the shots of George Mendo sculpting the shrubs with his hedge clippers, which covers for the fact that he's the most reticent of the four subjects. The others more than make up for it with their eager, enlightening job descriptions, which the images flesh out expertly. Even at a scant 80 minutes, however, the film feels a little long because of its lack of forward momentum. Morris intercuts the scenes with great fluidity, but without identifiable purpose. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control also feels a little self-important when it tries too hard to suggest a connection between the four jobs and a framing device of circus footage, which looks nice but doesn't seem to amplify the themes. Still, these are minor quibbles; the dominant impression of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control is of stylish documentary filmmaking that reflects outside-the-box thinking. One can sense the kinship Morris feels for his subjects, since he himself is at the top of his own unique craft.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0043396093072
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:22:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; English Dolby Surround; Bonus trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selection

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Hoover Wild Animal Trainer
George Mendonca Topiary Gardener
Ray Mendez Mole-Rat Specialist
Rodney Brooks Robot Scientist

Technical Credits
Errol Morris Director,Producer
Ted Basaloukos Production Designer
Scott Benes Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Burke Asst. Director
Fred Burnham Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Doonan Set Decoration/Design
Eric Korsh Asst. Director
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
Mark Lipson Co-producer
Shondra Merrill Editor
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Caleb Sampson Songwriter
Karen Schmeer Editor
Julia Sheehan Co-producer
Kathy Trustman Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:23]
2. Dave Hoover [1:22]
3. George Mendonca [1:04]
4. Ray Mendez [1:20]
5. Rodney Brooks [1:41]
6. Clyde Beatty [3:31]
7. Genghis [1:38]
8. Green Animals [1:31]
9. Naked Mole-Rats [1:36]
10. George's Employer [1:53]
11. Trial & Error [3:05]
12. Tunnels & Chambers [3:01]
13. Evolutionary Analogy [3:49]
14. Animal Psychology [2:09]
15. In Touch With Reality [1:52]
16. John John [3:22]
17. Robots Everywhere [2:28]
18. Alien in Their Midst [:18]
19. Every Lion's Different [4:17]
20. Cut & Wait [5:01]
21. Global Tasking [1:31]
22. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control [2:54]
23. Soldiers [1:31]
24. Injury, Fear & Chaos [1:43]
25. Moment of Contact [3:13]
26. Successors & Understudies [7:45]
27. End of an Era [6:23]
28. The Next Step Beyond [1:47]

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