The rise and fall of an Internet company is explored in the documentary Startup.com from Artisan Home Entertainment. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full-frame on videotape, Startup.com displays a home movie quality that is acceptable though not impressive. On par with video, colors tend to look slightly soft while lighting sometimes fluctuates between scenes. While this is not a great-looking picture, it's to be expected from a documentary of this nature. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as 2.0, and neither track sounds overly impressive. Both soundtracks display a flat quality that utilizes natural sounds and ambience. Some distortion on the soundtrack is present, but this is natural and shouldn't detour viewers' enjoyment of the film. No subtitles are included on this disc. Startup.com includes a few nice extra features, starting with an audio commentary by co-directors Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim. Both directors talk candidly about the over 400 hours of material originally shot for the film, as well as filling in the audience about what ended up on the cutting room floor. Also included on this disc are some production notes for Startup.com, a teaser and theatrical trailer for the film, some biographies on the directors and producers, plus a nine-minute short titled "Documentarians on Documentary," which includes interviews with the makers of the documentary. All in all, Startup.com is a well-done disc about the boom of an Internet business and its catastrophic fall from glory.
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Commentary with directors; Special featurette: "Documentaries on Documentary"; Full-screen version; English version; English 5.1 Dolby Surround; Englsih 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; Theatrical trailer; Scene index; Production notes; Cast and crew information; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus
Side #1 -- 0. scene.index 1. Opening Credits/Startup [3:41] 2. Hardships [1:07] 3. New CEO [1:09] 4. Finding a Name [4:17] 5. Silicon Valley [4:45] 6. Frustration [2:52] 7. Every Day,Every Way [4:15] 8. Highland [5:43] 9. Money [1:53] 10. Pressure [8:46] 11. Celebration [2:11] 12. Summer Camp [3:09] 13. Dora [4:24] 14. Compeitition [6:02] 15. Problems [:02] 16. All Systems Go [5:05] 17. Breakdown [5:05] 18. The Conversation [6:38] 19. On the Wall [7:11] 20. The Axe [3:51] 21. Moving On [5:25] 22. Things Change [6:08] 23. Falling Down [3:17] 24. End Credits [3:24]