Little Lady Fauntleroy DVD Review
PictureLittle Lady Fauntleroy is presented with a rather nice 1.85:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer considering its small screen nature. Although shot with hand-held cameras and featuring plenty of problems that betray its documentary status, it still looks pretty good. The detail is reasonable, often with some softness that I suspect was used purposefully to accentuate the surrealism and with a little grain - in some scenes more than others. The colour scheme is limited by the material and the black levels are solid. Overall, it is good considering the small screen restrictions but nothing particularly special.
SoundThere is one basic track, a lacklustre Dolby Digital 2.0 mix that presents the documentary reasonably but does not exactly break any boundaries. The dialogue is singularly important and is given the main stage, but with a score limited to weird accordion music - again to enhance the surreal nature of the production - and no effects, there is little else to comment on. Far from a powerful, engulfing track, this is still enough to get you through the feature without thinking any worse of it.
ExtrasFirst up we get an audio commentary which is strangely inaccessible. Although you can select it using the audio track button on your remote, the only way of getting to it through the DVD menu is via scene selection, which seems a rather odd place to put it. Anyway, the commentary itself is with Keith Allen and a couple of the producers and although this should have been a great, informative extra feature to have, it turns out to be limited by the fact that the commentators appear to be caught up watching the documentary themselves. Occasionally offering some insight into the production, it is generally not worth forty-five minutes of your time, although it does get better as it goes on - much like the main feature itself. Next up we get half an hour of extra footage from the filming itself. Although you might have had your fill from the main feature, if you did not get enough then this is yet more revealing footage about this very strange family. Amongst the highlights are scenes called 'falling in love with Keith' and 'Enjoy the Trip' and even if some of the footage includes mere extensions of that used in the final film it is still a nice extra to have.
VerdictLittle Lady Fauntleroy is an odd little production about a very weird family that are even crazier than you might have already guessed from previous publicity. Keith Allen makes this a watchable documentary and the DVD has adequate technical specifications and a nice bunch of extras should it take your fancy. I recommend that even fans of the surreal should give this a rental before forking out to buy it.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £14.99
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