Guy X

DVD Rating: **

Reviewed by: Davros

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Guy X

"The nice thing about Iceland is you sort of point the camera at anything and it looks amazing," laments director Saul Metzstein at the beginning this one disc's yak track. Offering up a tad too much geographic info behind the picture's filming, where apparently, due to financers' qualms, scenes were spliced between budget-friendly Canada and Iceland.

This is a useful factoid, depicting how a subtly intelligent film of Guy X's potential is already being dismissed in the production stages, but does Metzstein really need to inform us after every shot change which of the two are currently in use? Thankfully, Jason Biggs coaxes humour and warmth out of a slightly sparse comedy and both director and actor bounce off one another nicely.

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Compounded in a neat menu system, an ample set of extras compliment this low-key release. Where, undoubtedly, the real meat is to be found in the audio commentary where Biggs and Metzstein lend their thoughts in a set of bland talking heads. Metzstein displays his friendly Brit vernacular, but you can't help being disappointed when he dispels any serious connotations towards the military, or foreign policy. Seconded by Biggs in his own preceding interview, this collection of extras increases knowledge of the picture's conception, but leaves its core message as a head scratching ponder.

Rounding off nicely with a two-minute set of deleted (hardly missed) scenes, a theatrical trailer and a Tartan Video trailer reel, this routine DVD doesn't pull out any surprises, but is a pleasing trawl nevertheless.

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2006
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Odd goings on at isolated US base in Greenland, as witnessed by a man with two names.
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Product Code: FHED1835

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Sound: DTS digital 5.1 Surround/Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Extras: Audio commentary with director Saul Metzstein and actor Jason Biggs; interviews with cast and crew; deleted scenes; trailer; Tartan Video trailer reel

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