Shattered Glass DVD Review
PictureA clean transfer with only the odd bit of dirt/dust to complain about. It's not a visually intensive movie, so you find yourself paying less attention to the picture and more to the dialogue. All that is important for Shattered Glass is to get the real day-to-day feeling to distract the viewer from thinking this is just a movie on a screen. This is done through bright, natural colour reproduction and decent detail.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack made the most of what it could for a movie of this genre. All-important dialogue was accurate; flashbacks, outdoors scenes and the like made good use of the odd environmental effect to add ambience, but the movie is more dialogue driven than anything else so very little to talk about.
ExtrasThey're thin on the ground, but the two major features are otherwise quite excellent! “Lies”, Stephen Glass interview, really gets the inside view from Glass himself on the who, what, where and why of the movie's subject matter. It's a 60 minute interview as Glass brags about his lies but otherwise does let you know the seemingly honest truth. The other major feature is the director commentary, not usually a huge part of a DVD but this time round we get the director (Billy Ray) and the real Chuck Lane who really was the editor of The Republic and possibly the best person to interview to get the full Glass story. The commentary is interesting on the director part as Ray discusses reshoots, the how and why of certain shots/settings and where the information came from to keep this true to life. Then every now and then Chuck Lane steps in and brings the movie sharply to reality as he describes exactly what he was feeling when the scene on screen was happening for real! Commentaries don't get much better than this and I hope more true-story DVDs do the same
VerdictShattered Glass is a wonderful movie. It would have been nice for there to have been some more bonus material regarding Glass' story, where he went after the story ends, what happened before etc., but well worth buying the DVD just for the movie.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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