People I Know DVD Review
PictureThe dark subject matter of the movie is reflected in the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 image, where video noise can sometimes be apparent. Anything other than primary colours look a little less than vibrant, with even the overcast sky and drab weather reflecting the movie's style - has Kim Basinger ever looked so dowdy? It's all to do with the subject matter and is clearly deliberate - it's not that the image is dull... just ever so soft, which seems to suit, and actually enhance the depressing tone of the movie.
Overall, image quality is reasonably smooth and natural looking, rather than rich, detailed and vibrant, perfectly matching the storyline. For those with larger displays, a fair amount of edge enhancement has also been applied.
SoundBeing a very dialogue driven movie, People I know benefits from standard 448Kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and also a 768Kbps DTS track. It's interesting to note that the DTS version really opens out the front soundstage - rear channels are rarely used throughout - and is not just louder, but also adds a slightly sharper and more distinct feel to proceedings, especially during the slick and bassy musical track which can take your sub woofer to reasonable depths.
I did notice a strange, half second “scratchy” sounding anomaly at the 10:44 mark, but other than that audio is averagely good, doing exactly what it says on the tin.
ExtrasDirector, Dan Algrant and writer and producer, Gregory Mosher provide the audio commentary, and it becomes quite clear why the movie has ended up as it is... these two guys are enough to put an amphetamine to sleep! This is the kind of commentary that could be enjoyed by lovers of the movie, gradually eeking out miniscule after miniscule of seemingly irrelevant information - problem is, are there any lovers of this movie?!
The two deleted scenes are little different from those included in the movie and seem to have been deleted mainly for September 11 reasons. A director's commentary is available for both deleted scenes.
VerdictPeople I Know is simply an Al Pacino character acting master class. Sadly this alone is not enough to save what is something of a forgettable movie and unless you're a staunch Pacino fan I can recommend this as rental fare only.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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