Roger & Me
With the release of Bowling for Columbine, it's no surprise to see Warner take advantage of the publicity and issue Michael Moore's first film on DVD, the highly successful Roger & Me. Shot on 16 mm film, the transfer is shown in its original full-frame, 1.33:1 aspect ratio. While only so much can be expected for a low-budget, basically amateur effort, the picture looks good and certainly no worse than the theatrical print. Grain is going to be evident, due to stock footage and the film that was available, but for the most part, it's a solid transfer. The sound, which is only a mono Dolby Digital track, presents clear dialogue, which, again, is all that is required for such a film. As for extras, there is a theatrical trailer, but in a smart move, Moore also contributes a commentary. What starts off sounding like narration over the documentary's narration, turns out to be an insightful, political (surprise!), and often funny track. His personal comments, including those that he makes against himself, really add to the content of the film. Regrettably, Moore's lesser-seen short film "sequel," Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint, couldn't be included. Fortunately, this highly praised film stands entirely on it's own.