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DVD by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 85 minutes, two audio commentaries, featurettes, DVD-ROM extra
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English/ Czech 2.0, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Fox Searchlight/ 20th Century Fox Home Video/ Samson Films/ Summit Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 12-18-2007

ONCE is a rarity. It is on the same level or above the level of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. This low budget musical works with it's rough look and non-actor musicians. An Irish vacuum repair man (Guy) and a Czech immigrant (Girl) get together to make music. If he wasn't so hung up on the girl that cheated on him and she being a long distance from her husband, they could be a couple. Thie kinship creates wonderful music. The music written by the two stars is fantastic.

Director John Carney and stars Glen Hansard (Guy) and Marketa Irglova (Girl) are featured on a feature audio commentary track and a song specific music audio commentary.

Two featurettes are on the disc:
MAKING OF A MODERN DAY MUSICAL which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of ONCE while MORE GUY, MORE GIRL explores the two main characters. A one minute animated web promo for ONCE featuring the song "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" . Also you can download the song "Falling Slowly" via a DVD-ROM drive. Finishing off the disc are trailers for Amazing Grace, The Commitments, Blind Dating and 2 Days in Paris.

FINAL ANALYSIS: ONCE is one of my favorite movies of the year (in the top 10). Discover this rough gem on DVD.

this DVD review is (c)12-15-2007 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  

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