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GO ($25) is a sharp and biting comedy with an intriguing premise. The film tells three separate stories, across a twenty-four hour period. Each story starts at the same moment in time with the same basic group of characters. Watching how the character's paths diverge and converge over that period of time is what makes the film interesting. I do have to point out that GO is reminiscent of PULP FICTION in purely cinematic terms, however the film's storyline is uniquely its own. Additionally, with all the drug use depicted in the film, it is safe to say that GO doesn't paint a flattering portrait of America's youth.

Once one gets past the drug issue, GO proves to be an entertaining and brutally funny film. The first story involves a supermarket checkout girl who is one the verge of being evicted from her apartment. Her solution is a one-time drug deal that leads to all sorts of unexpected complications. Story number two follows another supermarket clerk on his weekend trip to Las Vegas. The trip somehow manages to include a wild ride in a stolen car, a shootout in a strip club and being chased out of town by some local hoods. The third story involves two actors that a forced to participate in a drug sting to make their own legal problems go away. When the sting falls apart, the two actors end up having an unforgettable dinner with one of the cops and his wife.

My description of the storyline doesn’t do the film justice, but I don't want to give away any more of the plot than absolutely necessary. After all, one’s enjoyment comes from watching the three stories unfold with their unexpected twists and turns. The youthful cast of GO features Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley, Desmond Askew, Nathan Bexton, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant, William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, J.E. Freeman and Jane Krakowski.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has done a terrific job of transcribing GO to DVD. This Special Edition DVD utilizes the dual layer format to offer both full screen and wide screen versions of GO on a single sided disc. Since GO should be screened at 2.35:1, I didn't bother checking the full screen presentation because I only wanted to see the director/cinematographer Doug Liman's intended framing of the movie. The 16:9 enhanced wide screen version of the film looks terrific, which is typical for Columbia TriStar release. The image is crisp and highly detailed, with first-rate color reproduction. At times, there are explosive, almost over-saturated hues up on the screen, but the DVD recreates then without any signs of chroma noise. Flesh tones are usually natural, but fluctuate a bit depending how certain scenes are lit. Blacks are faithfully recreated, however the contrast is a bit harsh in places, which is an intentional effect in the cinematography and not a fault in the transfer. Film grain is only occasionally noticeable during the presentation. Solid authoring disguised all traces of compression artifacts.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a very good mix for a movie where the characters almost continually talk. Directional effects aren't overly abundant, but they are well deployed. The rear channels primarily add ambience and musical fill. Voices sound natural and the dialogue is always intelligible, even when the music is blaring. Speaking of the music, it sounds terrific and is well integrated into the soundtrack. The bass is full and deep and serves to accentuate the music. Subtitles are available on the DVD in English.

The interactive menus are have a basic design, but provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the DVD's supplements. There is an audio commentary with director Doug Liman and editor Stephen Mirrione that is worthy of a listen for the insight into the production that it provides. Other supplements include a Making-Of featurette, 14 deleted scenes/outtakes, a theatrical trailer, talent files and three music videos. The music videos are as follows: New by No Doubt, Magic Carpet Ride by Philip Steir (featuring Steppenwolf) and Steal My Sunshine by Len.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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