The Station Agent
A low-key, character-driven sleeper that took home multiple awards at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards, The Station Agent arrives on DVD courtesy of Miramax Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image transfer offers well-balanced colors, even skin tones, and solid blacks. Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and remains free of distortion or hiss throughout. Though essentially a dialogue-driven film, the audio mix occasionally utilizes surround channels to recreate the sound of passing trains, with composer Stephen Trask's playful score coming through as perfectly balanced. An additional French-language track is also available, as are optional French and Spanish subtitles. Fans of the film will also be happy to note the inclusion of such extra features as an audio commentary track and some interesting but fairly incidental deleted scenes. Listening to the commentary track, it's obvious that actors Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, and director Tom McCarthy shared the chemistry essential to the success of such a small-scale, independent film. In addition to some affectionate chiding, the talkative quartet also addresses such issues as location shooting and the minor improvisations that truly make the characters believable. Deleted scenes mainly consist of extensions of scenes that did ultimately make the final cut, with the notable exception of an alternate ending. Sneak previews for other Miramax titles are also included.