FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
I have always had a fondness for movies where the film business skewers itself, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ($28) is a droll little comedy that does just that. Although more structured than their mock documentaries, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION comes from Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy, the team responsible for the likes of BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. What FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION does best is show the idiocy of the movie business, and how even those with a modicum of artistic integrity can get swept up into the publicity and tabloid journalism and be turned into a true Hollywood phony.
The basic premise of FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION tells the story of a small independent picture called Home For Purim, which features a cast made up primarily of new talent and little known character actors, who get caught up in the "Oscar" buzz. Even before the film is in the can, an Internet rumor places the film’s leading lady as an early contender for Best Actress. As expected, the rumor takes on a life of its own in the press, snowballing into rumors of multiple Academy Award nominations, which attracts major studio interest in the project, and the inevitable changes that studios always demand at the sacrifice of artistic vision.
The cast of FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION features a number of familiar faces from the stock company of BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. Look for Catherine O'Hara, Stephen Rannazzisi, Ed Begley Jr., Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Christopher Moynihan, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Carrie Aizley, Stephanie Courtney, Suzy Nakamura, Jim Piddock, Jane Morris, Jennifer Coolidge, Jordan Black, Parker Posey, Paul Dooley, John Krasinski, Don Lake, Michael Hitchcock, Lauri Johnson, Simon Helberg, Rachael Harris, David Blasucci, Sandra Oh, Richard Kind, Bob Balaban, Michael McKean, Ari Graynor, Scott Adsit, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch, Mary McCormack, Shawn Christian, Deborah Theaker, Nina Conti, Scott Williamson, Sarah Shahi, Steven M. Porter, Ricky Gervais, Larry Miller and Craig Bierko amongst the enormous ensemble cast.
Warner Home Video has made FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is obviously an inexpensive production shot on 16mm and pretty much looks as you might expect. The image is pretty consistently grainy, but not horribly so. Sharpness and image detail generally ranges from good to very good, but there is nothing exemplary about the cinematography, not to mention there is a softness that creeps in and out throughout the film. Colors are generally rendered at a natural level of saturation, without flaws. Blacks are accurate, as are the whites contrast and shadow detail are more than respectable. The film elements are pretty much free from noticeable defects and digital compression artifacts are never a problem.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION comes with a fairly standard comedy mix in its 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. Dialogue is the main focus of the sound design, with little activity in the outlying channels, except for a couple of purposely over-mixed and amusing moments. As expected, the dialogue is clean and fully intelligible. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as few nice extra features. Director/co-writer Christopher Guest and his co-writer Eugene Levy offer a running Audio Commentary. Eighteen Deleted/Alternate Scenes totaling thirty-eight minutes of material has also been included on the DVD, as has a Home For Purim Poster Gallery, in addition to a Theatrical trailer.
While maybe not quite as flat out funny as BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND or WAITING FOR GUFFMAN; FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION proves to be an amusing look at the insanity of Hollywood anytime there is even a hint of that magic word "Oscar" being mentioned. Warner’s DVD looks and sounds just fine, but the film’s modest budget keeps the video portion to the presentation from being stellar.
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