From Script To Screen: Interviews With Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana runs for 10:54 and the title of the featurette really sums it up, except one small detail. It's not just the 2 named individuals talking - Ang Lee, Randy Quaid and others all pipe up and chime in. In fact during the course of the interviews, it actually inadvertently hits the nail on the head of the main problem with the movie - it's a short story, it really doesn't work as a full length movie. They openly admit they had to write 50% more than the original story, which to me, just summed it up - it wasn't so much dragged out, but taken round the back and pounded some more too. It has some insight into the process of how the story went to the big screen, but it was a little too long for my taste.Finally Sharing The Story: The Making Of Brokeback Mountain may be a making of, but as soon as it starts you know it has been taken lock stock from some TV show like “Entertainment Tonight” (It's apparently a Logo Movie Special - so my initial guess wasn't far wrong). Summed up with the phrase EPK says it all, this is not really going to tell you too much more than you've probably gleamed from the usual sources. It's glossy, sound bite central and very typical of the format - if you don't watch it, you haven't missed a thing. Bleugh - now I need to get rid of the saccharine taste it's left.
For an Oscar nominated movie, I would have expected better. It's nice to look at scenery-wise, there's a semi-interesting tale in here somewhere, but when it take 2 ¼ hrs to tell what originally started life as a short story, that's warning number 1 right there. Sometimes, just sometimes, they can pull it off (Hellraiser possibly succeeds in that regard, off the top of my head), but here it's just strained and you find yourself all too many times either clock-watching or wishing something, heck, anything would happen. If you did like this movie, then you'll like this disc. I will say I was glad I watched it, so I can try and fathom out why it has been so critically acclaimed.
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