A Better Place

A Better Place

Director: Vincent Pereira Cast: Robert DiPatri, Eion Bailey, Joseph Cassese
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A Better Place

Vincent Pereira's very low-budget, independent film A Better Place makes its way to DVD, and the results are certainly mixed. Granted, there is only so much that can be done with a film that cost only 40,000 dollars. Picture quality suffers the most from a lack of funding. The 1.66:1 image, which is not anamorphic, fluctuates from good to mediocre, with some scenes out of focus and a fair amount of scratches on the transfer. While it certainly is a watchable transfer, the inconsistencies show on this disc. The sound, on the other hand, is quite good. Mixed at Skywalker Sound, the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is surprisingly strong, with good use from the surround speakers. Also available is a 2.0 surround track that doesn't have the same effect, but is adequate. As for supplemental features, Synapse Films has done a fine job overall. A real plus for this title is a commentary track from Pereira and actors Brian Lynch, Joseph Cassese, and Robert DiPatri. Also of interest, with option commentary, are eight deleted scenes. Pereira is obviously excited about his work and it shows on both tracks. Also thrown in are comparisons between the mono soundtrack and the 5.1 mix. Finally, and by far the least interesting element of this disc, are three different introductions by executive producers Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. These annoying spots are amateurish at best and really add nothing to the disc. Beyond that though, this is a nicely produced package, which might just bring this film a wider audience.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2000
UPC: 0654930300893
Original Release: 1997
Rating: NR
Source: Synapse Films
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:25:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. "My Name Is Barret Michaelson." [3:05]
2. Ryan Walker [1:53]
3. The First Day Of School [2:35]
4. Todd DeWolf & The Locker Room Fight [3:59]
5. "Your Name's Ryan,Right?" [6:22]
6. A Trip To Ashbury Park [4:55]
7. Barret Befriends Augustine & Eddie [2:47]
8. Ryan's World View [5:07]
9. The Truth About Ryan's Parents [3:50]
10. Barret & Augustine [5:26]
11. Ryan's Eighteenth Birthday [1:40]
12. Drinking Party & A Flashback [3:44]
13. Whipporwill Valley Road [4:45]
14. "I Think Possibly We Can Make This Look Like An Accident ....." [3:15]
15. Whipporwill Aftermath [2:00]
16. Return To Ashbury Park [1:43]
17. "Let Tell You Something About Your God,Barret ...." [4:33]
18. Todd Gets Revenge [2:04]
19. Justin Talks To Barret/Ryan Wakes Up [2:22]
20. Ryan Goes Home [1:42]
21. "You Are Not Going To Shoot Him..." [2:47]
22. Stalking Todd [2:35]
23. The Attack [4:17]
24. Crescendo And Climax [2:52]
25. Barret 's Final Words/Closing Credits [4:42]

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is one of the greatest movies of all time. it shows so much meaning to life and will move you. Vincent Pereira did an excellent job. i would pay a million dollars for this movie. It is the most amazing film. you will get hooked on it.