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ALL I WANT ($25) is a quirky, but very likable little independent movie that features good performances from a charming cast. Having also been screened under the title TRY SEVENTEEN, ALL I WANT stars Elijah Wood as Jones Dillon, a college bound seventeen year old, who drops out within the first five minute of the film. Living off an inheritance, Jones sets himself up in an apartment in the college town with the intention of putting his vivid imagination to good use by becoming a writer.

Shortly after moving into his new digs, Jones begins a couple of romances, first with Lisa (Mandy Moore) and then with Jane (Franka Potente), two young attractive women that occupy apartments in his building. Through his romantic entanglements, Jones finds a new sense of maturity and self-confidence, which helps him to deal with life in general, as well as his mother Blanche (Elizabeth Perkins) and their fractured relationship. The cast of ALL I WANT also includes Chris William Martin, Aaron Pearl and a rather amusing and sexy turn from Deborah Harry.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has made ALL I WANT available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. Although a small independent film, ALL I WANT makes for a good-looking DVD. The image appears pretty sharp and provides good definition. Some shots appear slightly soft, but never enough to cause concern. Colors appear fresh and solid, plus flesh tones are always appealing. Blacks are accurate and whites are crisp, plus the picture has smooth contrast and respectable shadow detail. The film element used for the transfer is very clean, showing only a few errant blemishes. Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.

ALL I WANT comes with a reasonably nice sounding Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. The track isnít particularly directional or showy, but the filmís music is really well integrated into the track, utilizing the surround speakers to a very good degree. Since ALL I WANT is primarily a dialogue driven film, the fact the music is spread through the soundstage helps to create an enveloping quality in what could have been a rather flat sounding track. As for the dialogue itself, it is cleanly rendered and always intelligible. The bass channel really doesnít have anything to do, other than keep things from sounding anemic. A French Dolby Surround track is also provided, along with English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as trailers for ALL I WANT, BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY, THE DEBUT and GIGLI.

ALL I WANT is an enjoyable little independent movie that deserves to find an audience on home video. As for the DVD, looks and sounds really good, so you canít go wrong on that front. If you like any of the performers, or the subject matter sounds appealing, you really should check out ALL I WANT on DVD.



All I Want (2002)


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