One Hour PhotoDirector: Mark Romanek
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Fox goes all out on a film that didn't get the audience it deserved, and produces a DVD that really stands out. Director Mark Romanek's visual style, a key element of the film, is perfectly translated to this disc. At 1.85:1 and anamorphic (there is a full-frame version also available), colors are either a bit over-saturated, making them stand out, or highly realistic and warm. In either case, they simply look marvelous. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track is also quite good, though centered more up front. Though the basses are very evident at time, the surrounds aren't utilized as effectively, which is often the case with lower-budgeted films. Making this fine disc even better is the number of supplements. When a studio fluff piece is the worst element, it's a sure sign that things are good, and they are here. Beyond that featurette is a screen-specific audio commentary provided by Romanek and star Robin Williams. It's low key, even with Williams involved, but engaging as both have plenty to discuss. A real plus is a portion of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Romanek and Williams. Williams is in his public persona -- total mania, in all directions. It's a very entertaining conversation between the three. Due to it's "independent" basis, the inclusion of a Sundance Channel Anatomy of a Scene is not a surprise, and certainly welcome. This half-hour special takes an in depth look at one particular scene, with cast and crew interviews. Finally, along with the film's theatrical trailer and three televisions spots, is a trailer for John Malkovich's The Dancer Upstairs. This is a total package that only makes a fine movie even better.
Williams plays Sy, another of his open-faced, smiling madmen, like the killer in Insomnia. He does this so well you don't have the slightest difficulty accepting him in the role. Roger Ebert
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- Fox Searchlight
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Robin Williams||Seymour "Sy" Parrish|
|Connie Nielsen||Nina Yorkin|
|Michael Vartan||Will Yorkin|
|Gary Cole||Bill Owens|
|Dylan Smith||Jake Yorkin|
|Eriq La Salle||Detective Van Der Zee|
|Erin Daniels||Maya Burson|
|Jeremy Barber||Executive Producer|
|Chris Douridas||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Tom Foden||Production Designer|
|Reinhold Heil||Score Composer|
|Johnny Klimek||Score Composer|
|Arianne Phillips||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Robert A. Storm||Executive Producer|
|John Wells||Executive Producer|
|John Wells||Executive Producer|
1. One Question
2. Family Photos
3. Sy. the Photo Guy
4. Beautiful Prints
5. Favorite Uncle
6. Good Thoughts
8. The Person You Least Suspect
10. Christmas Fantasy
11. In the Flesh
12. The Flow of Time
13. Crossing the Threshold
14. Soccer Practice
15. Food Court
17. Sy. Are You All Right?
19. Leaving Savmart
20. What's Wrong With These People?
21. No One Is Secure
22. Sy's Dream
23. A Hunting Term
24. Threat Management
25. Search Warrant
26. Room Service
27. Room 511
28. Room 519
31. Sy's Confession
32. End Titles
English 5.1 Surround
View the Film With Commentary by Mark Romanek and Robin Williams
View the Film With Commentary by Mark Romanek and Robin Williams
Charlie Rose Show
Sundance: Anatomy of a Scene
The Dancer Upstairs
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This movie was very weird. It will make you not want to talk to any strange guy with big glasses. I was glued to my seat.
Have you ever been watching a movie and really looking forward to the pinnacle but then it like never comes? That is what happened in One Hour Photo. The cast was good, direction average. What really killed it was the awful writing. It could have been way better but I guess that is all they can come up with because of their "Fox Searchlight" budget. Anyway, Robin Williams has had incredible films and I am not going to let one screw up ruin a great career. Better luck next time. I am only thankful that i did not buy this. I got it through a friend of a friend who kept trying to give it away.
I cant say I have ever seen a Robin William film I liked so much. Its a nice change for Mr. Williams.
Seymour ''Sy, The Photo Guy'' Parrish (Robin Williams - ''Dead Poets Society'', ''Mrs. Doubtfire'' & ''Insomnia'') has been the photo caretaker and developer for the Yorkin family since their son was just a baby. Not having any kind of a life of his own, Sy has allowed himself over the years to become part of their world, imagining himself to be ''Uncle Sy''...to the point of obsession. Oblivious to all of this, the Yorkins continue to drop off all of their undeveloped photos in the care of Sy, and view him as the quaintly nice photo man. Their son, Jake, even feels sorry for the lonely man. But on the other side of the counter, in Sy's mind, it is much more personal and troubling. Sy discovers ultimately that Will Yorkin (Michael Vartan - ''To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar'', ''The Myth Of Fingerprints'' & ''Never Been Kissed'') has been cheating on his unknowing wife, Nina (Connie Nielsen - ''Soldier'', ''Mission To Mars'' & ''Gladiator''). Driven by his own painful past, Sy decides to take matters into his own hands, playing a sick, twisted game for what he views as recompense. *The movie was a well filmed movie with what for some people could be a very disturbing thought...that of invasion of their privacy through photos. However, about half way through the movie, I began to become bored with the whole thing, and I realized that the only reason I continued to watch it is because I am a Robin Williams fan. This movie turned out to be more of a morality tale rather than the psycho thriller that the trailers suggested. Had Robin Williams not been in this one, I would have scratched this one off as being pointless and ultimately absurd. But Robin Williams brought great affection to his character and kept your eyes glued to the screen, not so much to see what was going to happen next...but rather to enjoy the character study you are now involved with when it comes to Sy, the photo guy. Perhaps this is one of Robin Williams better acted parts...but in the end, One Hour Photo will be written off as one of his ''lesser'' films. I still have to say that overall, ''Fisher King'' was his best film and portrayal to date.
One of Robin Williams more serious roles. I think it got off to a slow start. But all in all, I like this movie. It was worth purchasing.
Still hard seeing Robin Williams in a serious role. I keep expecting him to make jokes or become upkey. I've wanted to see this movie since it came out, and am glad I finally did. Sy makes you think, and you get a whole new realization of what pictures mean to someone like him, and what they're really about.
Although many elements of the film were well done, the director's choice to make a trompe d'oeil illusion of a thriller leads an anti-climactic wimper of an ending. Robin Williams plays Sy Parrish, a dedicated one-hour-photo technician whose solitary existance borders on psychosis. His work is his life and, his bonding with the photos he develops feed his illusion of being part of the families whose photos he develops: in this case, the family of Yorkins. Being psychotically unstable, Sy's work feeds his imaginary reality of the happy lives he sees in the photos and how he helps in bringing their joy. His fantasy is soon shattered when he sees that photos are only a snap shot of family life and that there are ugly sides of married life that are never included in the photo album: false expectations, mundane routine, dissatisfaction, and of course, infidelity. The film does a great job in entering the mind of a deranged person; the scenes explore for the audience the bland and montonous life of Sy. His empty life just blends in with the neat generic shelves and products of the supermarket he works in. The film brilliantly shows that theme unfolds in Sy's private life and how his deranged attempts at breaking out of his routine soon become psychotic. Robin Williams played his role surprisingly well. The acting by Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan as Nina and Will Yorkin was nothing special however. The problem with the film is that it takes almost all of its time in building suspense and leading the audience to think that Sy is a demonic killer. Instead, the ending is as bland as Sy's character in that he ends up being nothing more than a harmless peeper who went a little overboard instead of the predatory stalker the film prepared us for. Perhaps the writer and director thought that they were being clever but, ultimately, the joke is on them given the box-office results of this film. They shouldn't have been surprised; they got exactly the same response from the audience as the feeling they sought to evoke with the end of the film: an unimpressive anti-climax. I have trouble recommending this film to rent as there isn't much to see afterall; again, all of this suspense is frustratingly brought to nothing of an ending. For this genre, I prefer films such as 'Taxi Driver' or 'Silence of the Lambs' instead.
It is intelligent. Also liked very much Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting, Awakenings, Patch Adams.....
This movie is incredibly deep and disturbing, but is INCREDIBLY well filmed, well written, and well acted. If you didn't think that Robin Williams was one of the best actors ever to the grace the screen, you will after you see this movie. It's not a movie that will inspire you so much as it will haunt you. You'll never look at the film processing guy at your local Wal-Mart the same ever again, I promise you...they see everything.
I was disappointed with this movie despite Robin Williams wonderful performance. It lead up to nothing but a cop-out ending. I felt a little sympathy for the wife and Sy but that's it. I can't in good faith recommend this film. I wish I had skipped it. And for some reason, this film had characters with the worst hairstyles I have ever seen. It looked like they just rolled out of bed and then were suddenly in a movie.
I saw it twice and both times, it made no sense. robin williams was good but the plot was stupid and unelievable. i didnt like it
I was terrified it was really scary!!! It made me scared to go to my uncle Roberts house...who looks a lot like Sy!! (I'm dead serious!!!).So watch it,It's a great movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Um, I didn't get the ending. Like, I kept expecting there to maybe another DVD attached so I could get the 2nd half of the movie. If the ending had been something worth watching, then the movie would have been great. As it is, I was just like, "huh?"
Robin Will. did a great job as Sy the photo guy. He made you think twice about going to your very own photo guy!
It was ok. Robin WIlliams did a good job in the role but overall there seems no real pull to the plot. From my point of view it keeps you interested but leaves you wondering what was the point?
After seeing this movie, I never saw Robin Williams playing a different role. He was great!!! This movie was so great I would see it again and again. Parts of this movie most of us like taking pictures without a worry but .....
I am not a Robin Williams fan, and have always depicted him a comic performer. For these reasons I did NOT like Insomia. But something was very different with One Hour Photo. I understood this movie perfectly. I feel that the movie is more of a STUDY of an individual's dark side rather than as a THRILLER MOVIE. Well, of course it WAS a thriller, but because Robin Williams was outstanding as he portrayed a disturbed man. He was so brilliant, in fact, that he made a believer out of me. I would swear that's how he really was in real life. As disturbed as he was, you had to like the man and feel for him. The father in the movie was extremely shallow and the mother and little boy seemed very depressed most of the time. People who don't like the movie don't understand it. I will probably be viewing more of Robin William's movies in the future. I give it 5 stars!!!