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Accidents Happen (2009/Image Blu-ray)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Feature: C+

 

 

A one-joke film that could have been much more, Andrew Lancasterís Accidents Happen (2009) brings back the always welcome Geena Davis as the mother of two children who start to find themselves in more trouble, including some that they simply are not causing, though the whole family seem to be haunted by the worst possible things happening.This begins with a neighbor catching on fire in an opening sequence that is too much like Desperate Housewives of all things, then this veers off into a self-amused direction that has some amusing moments, but does not add up to a full story.

 

It also wants to emulate several other films by The Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson and anyone else who the makers think is quirky, yet it is too derivative to ever really work, though the cast is decent and so is some of the comic timing.After its 92 minutes, I expected it to work more effectively than it did, but it might become a curio down the line.

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot on High Definition video and has a somewhat washed-out look that does not help the viewer and makes it look cheaper than it should.The DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 track is very restricted, uneven and lacks an even decent soundfield, as if the low budget meant anything beyond stereo was an afterthought.The combination is trying and not as good as Davis and company deserve.Extras include the original theatrical teaser, trailer, cast/crew interviews and two making of featurettes.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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