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PRIMER

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 77 minutes, two audio commentaries, theatrical trailer

STUDIO: THINKFilm/ New Line

RELEASE DATE:   4-19-2005

"The permutations are endless."

Time Travel is one of my favorite subjects. PRIMER is one of those films you want to watch more than once. It's a cleverly written sci-fi movie filmed for $7,000 (before all the post-production costs are factored in). PRIMER follows two brilliant engineers who accidentally create a time machine and then their journeys hours back into time create some interesting twists like physical effects on their bodies (and not just psychological). To talk about the plot more might ruin the trip of a movie known as PRIMER. It is best to be discovered.  It is a thinking person's sci-fi film.  Definietly worth rewatching to try and figure out everything in the movie's plot.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

image detail is good, but the print used for this transfer has flaws. You see grain throughout the film (it is due to transferring the digital video to be blown up to 35 mm film). I would love to see a future release of PRIMER to go back and use the original digital video tapes it was shot on and make a new transfer for this film.

AUDIO: English Stereo Surround Sound

Subtitles: English, Spanish

The audio is OK, but it doesn't light me on fire. Dialogue is clear though.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The extras amount to two very interesting audio commentaries and the original theatrical trailer. The first audio commentary is by actor/writer/director Shane Carruth. He mentions one scene turned out really grainy after they transferred it to film. The two commentaries are full of info from references to the locations they shot on (including some they didn't have permission to shoot on). The second audio commentary with the cats and crew reveal how no budget it was and the guerrilla tactics used in getting PRIMER done.

FINAL ANALYSIS: PRIMER is one of the best sci-fi movies made on no budget and it should be seen by anyone who want to see an intelligent sci-fi film and not just the action-adventure sci-fi that usually get made.

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