Truman Show

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * · · · )

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I heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one. It is a very difficult story to present, but it presented it pretty well. For some reason I felt something was missing. To me there are big similarities between this movie and Dark City. Both have the idea of a giant petri dish with the folks in it being nothing more than lab rats. In this case it is only one rat, Jim Carry. This was probably the first movie with him I have seen that I liked, and he acted the role very well. Oscar material? I doubt it, but certainly better than the Riddler. Ed Harris really shines in this movie, but he shines in almost all his movies. The visuals are pretty cool, and the music was moving and powerful. The DVD is cut at a 1.66 to 1 aspect ratio making it impossible to produce anamorphically, but given the large screen, no major resolution is lost anyway. The audio is a clean and warm Dolby Digital 5.1 and makes excellent subtle use of the surrounds. The scene where he is hiding out in the basement and you hear his wife walk out and close the door faintly in the rear right surround gives it a new dimension. There are no extras worth a damn, but the menus sure all cool. Given the audio and video, if it is a movie you like, the DVD aint bad (assuming you can get it for $20. Any more is too much for so few extras.) Overall definitely one worth seeing.