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Altitude Falling + Crush (2009/Water Bearer DVDs)


Picture: C-/C     Sound: C     Extras: C-/C     Features: C-/C



Two recent entries in the gay male drama try different things and have awkward results not expected in either case, both now on DVD from Water Bearer.  Paul Bright (Aaron… Albeit A Sex Hero, Angora Ranch) turns in possibly his weakest work yet with Altitude Falling, while Michael J. Saul goes the anthology route with Crush, both originally issued in 2009.


Falling is a would-be science fiction tale that takes place in 2029 where the inventor of chip technology that tracks everyone turns out to be gay and lives out of the range of the damaging effects of his work in helping to build a totalitarian society, yet he sure wants to have gay sex!  A silly dilemma I did not buy for a minute is thrown in and I never bought this for a minute, though I hoped it might pick up.  If only the serious side was developed and the consequences dealt with, but they are remarkably ignored and this goes nowhere fast.


There are four stories in Crush that try to share the title theme of brief, intense flings and/or obsession.  “Don’t Ask” has a couple, one of whom is a military man who might be finished with the service once and for all, “Bloodline” has a couple whose one member has a bizarre secret, “Strokes” is about a painter and the intern who gets involved with him and “Breathe” has a teen case of it gone oddball.  All are too short and seem more concerned with fitting the theme than telling a full story, though some points of each are not bad, they all just seem incomplete, predictable and not palpable enough to stay with any viewer.


Miscredited as only letterboxed on each DVD case, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image in both cases originates on digital video, but from the playback, this does not help much.  Falling is especially soft and has its share of aliasing errors, staircasing, noise and weak color, while Crush has the same, but less so.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in both cases has location issues and the stereo separation can be weak.  Extras on both trailer trailers and making of featurettes, while Crush adds interviews.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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