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SURVEILLANCE
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS:  97 minutes, audio commenatry, two featurettes, deleted scenes and alternate ending with optional commentary
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1, 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  Spanish
Close Captioning: English
 
STUDIO:  Magnet Releasing/ Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Arclight Films/ Blue Rider Pictures/ Lago Film
RELEASE DATE:  8-18-2009

FBI Agents ElizabethAnderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman)are called out to interview three witnesses to a day of carnage that resulted in several deaths near a small town.  The roadside rampage is told through the accounts by the witnesses: a cop, a little girl, and a blond junkie.  The different stories piece together what happen until the final twist in SURVEILLANCE. 
 
The film proves that Jennifer Lynch is definitely following in the footsteps of her father, David Lynch (who executive produces and provides the end credits song about stalking).   Every minute of the film reveals who the characters are and what they're like.  The way the film is shot along with the music reminds me of the same type of territory David Lynch explores except Jennifer looks at it more as a filmmaker where her father approaches his films like a surrealist painter.  The flat Canadian plains add to the nightmare.   SURVEILLANCE is a film that reveals more of the nightmare as it goes on where David Lynch thrusts his characters into the nightmare.   They have different appraoches to their films while looking at film narrative in different ways on the same twisted thoughts.
 
SPECIAL FETAURES:
The audio commentary for the film is with Co-Writer/Director Jennifer Lynch, and Actors Mac Miller and Charlie Newmark.  They also provide commentary for the two deleted scenes (the first being dropped because Jen felt it looked too much like porn) and the more violent alternate ending (which Jen realized she reshot Blue Velvet's ending).
 
SURVEILLANCE: THE WATCHED ARE WATCHING is a raw behind-the-scenes featurette on the film that features interviews with cast and crew.  HDNET: A LOOK AT SURVEILLANCE is a 4 1/2 minute promotional featurette (an extended trailer with interviews).
 
FINAL ANALYSIS:  SURVEILLANCE is a twisted film from the Lynch family.  I can't wait to see what Jennifer Lynch directs next.
 
this DVD review is (c)8-25-2009 David Blackwelland cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com