Eye For Film >> Movies >> Exam (2009) DVD Review
Reviewed by: Amber WilkinsonRead Anton Bitel's film review of Exam
The film looks and sounds great in this edition and comes fully subtitled although it is disappointing that neither the extras nor the director/editor commentary have subtitles.
The commentary itself, featuring director Stuart Hazeldine and Mark Talbot-Butler, is an informative but fairly dry affair, mostly concentrating on the technical aspects of putting the film together. Its interesting to hear how some of the light effects were achieved, particularly the difficulties of making sure the ultraviolet light would "kick up" enough to be seen in the finished version, but on the whole the track could have done with a little more anecdote. That said, there is some humour here, such as Mark's description of Colin Salmon (who plays the Invigilator) being like "a fishfinger in the freezer in the Artic, he is that cool".
Behind the scenes is a six-minute segment of raw footage - best not watched before you've seen the film. It's interesting to see the 'space' that the actors and crew were working in and given the size, Hazeldine and his crew are to be congratulated for achievign the great look they have in the final product. This footage is rough and ready but no less interesting for that. The cast and crew interviews feature Hazeldine, director of photography Tim Wooster, producer Gareth Unwin and cast members Jimi Mistry (Brown), Nathalie Cox (Blonde), Chuk Iwuj (Black), John Lloyd Fillingham (Deaf) and Salmon. They are less glossy than the usual talking heads but not particularly detailed. Still, there's an indication of what drew the cast and crew to the film and it's fun to hear Fillingham admit that he failed his French O Level.
The photo gallery is a nicely edited collection of black and white stills from the film, while a trailer rounds out the package. Solid, if unispiring, the package passes the Exam, but not with distinction.Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2010