Full Frontal

Full Frontal

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Overview

Full Frontal

In some cases, a DVD is far better than the movie itself, which is certainly the situation with Steven Soderbergh's nearly unwatchable experiment Full Frontal. Shot both on film and digital video, the 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is both gorgeous (film) and startlingly bad (digital video). Of course, in respect to the majority of the film which was shot on tape, the quality of the image is in direct relation to the store-bought camera used for filming, meaning that it's an accurate reproduction of the image shown in theaters. Regardless, it still looks awful, especially since the warm, full colors of the segments shot on film are in stark contrast to the lack of detail and grain in the video segments. The sound is no more impressive than the video. The 5.1 English and French tracks are centered up front, and while dialogue, which is almost all this film is comprised of, is clear and discernible, there's a certain lack of any interesting surround elements, creating a lackluster performance. If it weren't for the supplements, this disc would really have nothing going for it. Arguably, the main point of interest is a commentary track from Soderbergh and writer Coleman Hough. Also included are 16 deleted scenes with optional commentary and a brief segment of "spy" video, watching the stars who don't know they're being watched. Of real interest is a brief segment on the "rules" for making this film (very similar to the Dogma 95 movement promoted by Lars von Trier) and a seven-minute discussion of the film with Soderbergh. This helps make some sense of what he was trying to accomplish, but simply proves that a film shouldn't have to be explained. Finally, along with the trailer for this film, are interviews with the cast, in character, which go on far too long.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
UPC: 0786936204179
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary with director and screenwriter; Deleted scenes with optional screenwriter commentary ; In-character interviews; Director's spy cam ; The rules; Conversation with steven soderbergh; Theatrical trailer; French language track ; ; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1)- enhanced for 16x9 televsions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Duchovny Bill,Gus
Nicky Katt Hitler
Catherine Keener Lee
Mary McCormack Linda
David Hyde Pierce Carl
Julia Roberts Catherine/Francesca
Blair Underwood Nicholas/Calvin
Brad Rowe Actor
Erika Alexander Lucy
Rainn Wilson Brian
Jerry Weintraub Jerry
Enrico Colantoni Arty/Ed
Jeff Garlin Harvey, Probably
Brian Krow Bellboy
Anthony Powers Male Massage Client

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Sarah Flack Editor
Coleman Hough Screenwriter
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director,Producer
Scott Kramer Producer
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Character Cards
2. Rendezvous Main Title; Nicholas and Catherine Meet
3. Friday: Carl and Lee Wake Up
4. Arty and Linda
5. Nicholas and Catherine on the Plane
6. Carl and Lee Drive: Hitler Prepares
7. Catherine Interviews Nicholas
8. Carl and Lee at Work
9. Hitler Breaks Up With Girlfriend
10. Nicholas Reads the Letter
11. Carl Asks Advice; Firing #1
12. Linda Talks About Her Trip
13. Catherine Reads the Letter
14. Carl Explains Porn Names; Firing #2
15. Nicholas and Catherine Land in L.A.
16. Lee and Linda Have Lunch; Eva Braun is Gone
17. Catherine Visits the Set
18. Calvin and Lee
19. Meeting at Miramax
20. "Ann" Gives "Bill" a Massage
21. Django and the Brownies
22. Nicholas Pleads With His Agent
23. Lee and Linda Arrive at the Party
24. Hitler Sums It All Up
25. Testimonials to Gus
26. Linda Goes to Check on Gus
27. Carl Tells Heather About His Marriage
28. Saturday Morning
29. Nicholas and Catherine; Arty and Linda
30. End Titles

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