Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways

DVD Rating: ****

Reviewed by: Natasha Footman

Read Paul Griffiths's film review of Look Both Ways

Picture quality is high, as expected for a modern film; the transfer is flawless. Surround sound is highly used in the feature and has been converted to the DVD impeccably, making full use of subwoofer support.

A substantial amount of extras have been added to the DVD, which subsequently comes as a double-disc edition.

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The extras on the feature disk are not too exciting. The commentary given by director Sarah Watt, actor William McInnes (protagonist Nick), female lead Justine Clarke and associate producer Barbara Masel is surprisingly low quality for a DVD of such a high standard sound system; it is strangely quiet and grainy. Actual content is minimum, with little information that isn’t guessable through watching the film yourself, but is more interesting for displaying the relationships between the commentates.

The trailers consist of two for the feature and a Madman reel. The reel is the most notable of these as it is hard to come by trailers for more independent films, such as the ones this Australian company makes, with trailers for The Bank, The Brush-off, Three dollars, Stiff and Kenny.

The extras on the second disc are much more interesting and worthwhile. Living With Happiness, a short animated film by Sarah Watt, is charming and disarming, much like the main feature, and is linked in both content and design to Look Both Ways. The director interview is a fairly lengthy and bulky project that is much more illuminating than the commentary, and the featurette Looking Closer is also informative and technically detailed.

The two stills galleries are split into animation and production stills, but could have been fuller than they are.

Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2007
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Award-winning Aussie indie sees urban lives revolving around a tragic incident. Now out to own on DVD.
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Product Code: TVD3704

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1 anamorphic

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Extras: Commentary with Sarah Watt, William McInnes, Justine Clarke and Barbara Masel, trailers, Living with Happiness, director interview, featurette, stills galleries

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