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IDLE HANDS ($30) is the perfect horror treat for anyone who likes to mix their gore with sick black humor. While IDLE HANDS ventures into the same horror/comedy territory that made RE-ANIMATOR, ARMY OF DARKNESS and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON personal favorites, this teen oriented outing comes up a bit short when compared to those genre classics. Still, IDLE HANDS is goofy horror fun with some genuine laughs that will make the perfect addition to any all night horror marathon. The plot of IDLE HANDS follows a slacker youth named Anton, who discovers that his right hand is possessed by a demonic force that is that attracted to the laziest individual it can find. Of course, Anton is the perfect candidate, since he is the epitome of the teenage wasteland- a completely stoned-out couch potato who finds reaching for the remote control too much work. 

Unfortunately, Anton is forced into action when he must deal with his right hand after it has hacked its way through his parents and his two best friends. IDLE HANDS stars Devon Sawa as Anton, the teen with hand trouble taken to the extreme. Seth Green and Elden Henson are Anton's murdered slacker friends Mick and Pnub, who return from the grave as zombies (because getting to the after life required too much effort). Jessica Alba portrays Molly, the film's requisite eye-candy and Anton's would-be girlfriend- that is if he can save her from his own uncontrollable right hand. The cast of IDLE HANDS also includes Vivica A. Fox, Jack Noseworthy, Christopher Hart, Katie Wright, Fred Willard, Connie Ray, and Timothy Stack. Music fans note that the band The Offspring make an appearance in the film. The cast of IDLE HANDS does a good job with the material, especially Devon Sawa, who literally throws himself into his role and Seth Green, who steals just about every scene.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has made IDLE HANDS available in both wide screen and full screen presentations on opposite sides of the DVD. Pay-per-view audiences will find the full screen version to be fine, however everyone else will want to savor the terrific looking 16:9 enhanced presentation of IDLE HANDS. The wide screen transfer is crisp, very detailed and presents the film in its original 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. Color reproduction on this DVD is first rate in recreating the intense, highly stylistic hues of the production, without any chroma noise or color bleeding. Blacks are well rendered and the contrast is solid. 

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a potent mix, with a killer bass channel that is certain to rock your home theater. Channel separation is excellent and the active mix takes advantage of all the discrete channels, including the split surrounds. Sound effects jump around, complementing the over-the-top horror visuals. Dialogue is clean and never buried underneath the other sound elements. An English Dolby Surround soundtrack is also included on the DVD, as are English sub titles.

The interactive menus have a very basic design that allows one to access the standard scene selection and setup features. Access to the disc's supplements is also provided through the menu system. The chief supplement is an audio commentary with director Rodman Flender and cast members Seth Green and Elden Henson. Anyone who liked the movie will get a kick out the talk, especially Seth Green's amusing comments and insistence on calling the track an "analog"- a throwback to the days of Laserdisc. IDLE HANDS also includes a deleted scene with an introduction by the director, which is a completely different version of the film's climax. Also included is an informative "Making-of" featurette, theatrical trailers, storyboard comparisons and abbreviated cast biographies/filmographies.


Idle Hands (1999)


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



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