The Last Minute

Overview

Steve Norrington's little known follow-up to Blade, The Last Minute comes to DVD in a surprisingly packed unrated version from Palm Pictures and Lions Gate Home Entertainment. With a sharp 2.35:1 widescreen picture, the colors jump off the screen and does justice to Norrington's slick look at the underbellies of London. The audio quality ranges from a full Dolby 5.1 Surround track to a normal Dolby stereo track, with two commentaries: one by the director and another from the star Max Beesley. At first glance, the...
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Overview

Steve Norrington's little known follow-up to Blade, The Last Minute comes to DVD in a surprisingly packed unrated version from Palm Pictures and Lions Gate Home Entertainment. With a sharp 2.35:1 widescreen picture, the colors jump off the screen and does justice to Norrington's slick look at the underbellies of London. The audio quality ranges from a full Dolby 5.1 Surround track to a normal Dolby stereo track, with two commentaries: one by the director and another from the star Max Beesley. At first glance, the features section looks slim, with only a theatrical trailer, some Palm previews (Sex and Lucia, The Believer, and Scratch), and a few web links to chew on. However, if you look closer, you can select the hidden roach icon and question mark down at the lower right hand corner of the screen. The first takes you through some well-designed menus littered with extras, while the latter takes you to a simple list of those same features. You can find featurettes in both menus, including "Producing The Last Minute" (an interview with producer Matthew Justice) along with behind-the-scene looks at the style of the film to the make-up prosthetics. Also available is a character-tree video, which discusses the strange slew of characters in The Last Minute, along with cast and crew biographies inside the submenu. Other bonus material includes interviews about the director's biographical screenplay alongside a music video and TV selector (featuring special, full TV segments made especially for the film). If you don't count the production notes, one of the final neat things in this package is the Countdown Calculator, which estimates how many weeks you have until you reach 90 by you entering your age. (Warning: It's depressing no matter how old you are.) All in all, this is a fine disc, especially considering that most of these hidden features are missing from the rated version.
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Special Features

Two commentary tracks by the director and star; 5.1 Surround Sound; Cast bios; Character videos; Extra film clips; Music videos; Interactive features; Production notes ; Previews; Weblinks; Hidden scenes and more
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The storyline of Last Minute is what happens, but it's not by any means what this film is about. Writer-director Steven Norrington (Blade) brings a phenomenal amount of action to a dangerously literate script with this one-of-a-kind combination of Trainspotting and Blue Velvet. The film employs a vivid visual style -- not unlike that of Terry Gilliam's wondrous excesses -- and sly, off-kilter dialogue with David Lynch-ian overtones. Max Beesley gives a star-making performance as a pop icon descending into personal Hell, but Jason Isaacs' mobster, who sings Percy Sledge love ballads during his violent, bloody sprees, and the other secondary characters are equally unforgettable. Music by electronic bands, including Aphex Twin, adds power to the visuals. And yes, there is a message amid the madness. Pay attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • UPC: 660200310127
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Presentation: Uncensored
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,456

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max Beesley Billy Byrne
Emily Corrie Anna
Tom Bell Grimshanks
Jason Isaacs Percy
Kate Ashfield Janey
Anthony Higgins Walsh
Frank Harper
Joseph Bennett Jarman
Ronnie McCann Price
Liz May Brice Sally
Danny Midwinter Axel
Stephen Dorff Brad Matlock
Udo Kier Nazi Photographer
Ciarán McMenamin Garvey
Technical Credits
Steve Norrington Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Aphex Twin Score Composer
Chris Blackwell Executive Producer
Chris Edwards Production Designer
Peter Frankfurt Executive Producer
Elliot Graham Editor
Sue Jones Casting
Matthew Justice Producer
Leftfield Score Composer
Hooman Majd Executive Producer
Hattoe Ouroussoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Rabjohns Score Composer
Josh Robertson Asst. Director
Alison Sanford Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Stevenson Art Director
James Welland Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Facts [3:37]
2. Two Years Earlier [4:40]
3. The Next Big Thing [3:22]
4. Japan [1:11]
5. Berlin [1:41]
6. London [2:13]
7. Prostheses [8:31]
8. Billy & Janey [2:34]
9. Tatia 01 [:43]
10. Monday [1:57]
11. Anna [5:15]
12. Cancer Man [5:39]
13. Tatia 02 [:30]
14. Integrity [5:16]
15. The Fall [5:01]
16. Into Catacombs [11:22]
17. The Job [5:55]
18. Reality [1:26]
19. Paradise/Experience [6:03]
20. 1 Year Later [4:13]
21. Confrontation [8:09]
22. Love [4:28]
23. The Dog Returns [8:42]
24. The Last Minute [6:01]
25. Credits [6:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Setup
      Dolby 5.1
      Dolby Stereo
      Director's Commentary
      Max Beesley Commentary
   Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Palm Previews
      Weblinks
      Video Camera
      "?"
         Producing TLM
         Style of TLM
         Character Tree
            Character Tree Video
            Cast Bios
               Tom Bell
               Joseph Bennett
               Udo Kier
               Ciarán McMenamin
               Anthony Higgins
               Jason Isaacs
               Emily Corrie
               Kate Ashfield
               Max Beesley
            Crew Bios
               Writer/Director Stephen Norrington
               Producer Matthew Justice
               Executive Producer Hooman Majd
               Executive Producer Peter Frankfurt
               Director of Photography James Welland
               Special Effects Neil Gorton and Steve Painter
               Hair and Make-Up Designer Kirstin Chalmers
               Costume Designer Hattie Ouroussoff
               Casting Director Sue Jones
               Production Designer Chris Edwards
         Crafting Prosthesis
         SN Connections
         What Billy Does?
         Music Video Selector
            Video 1
            Video 2
            Video 3
         TV Show Selector
            Show 1
            Show 2
            Show 3
            Show 4
         Production Notes
         Countdown Calculator
      "Blob"
         "Arrow"
         "TV"
         "Pictures"
         "Sewer Grate"
         "Paper"
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