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Make Me Young (2010/Cinema Libre DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Documentary: B



How wild has the world of plastic surgery and obsession with staying young become?  I would say unreasonable, but Mitch McCabe’s Make Me Young (2010) places the daughter of a plastic surgeon long gone whose world affected her ideas about staying young.  Though she previously just bought face creams and the like, the ideas of everything from drastic surgery to new electric techniques to the ill-advised world of botox are explored as she interviews many people who use all kinds of techniques to stay young.


Are any of these people happy?  Are they addicted?  Are they insane to go to these lengths to change their appearance?  Is it part of a new phase of a dysfunctional, ugly, sad living that shows how gutted out our society has become?  McCabe does a good job of exploring all this while opening up about her life and cautiously getting into the lives of others (some of whom she knows) about their motivations and how the unrecognized culture of looksism and the resulting prejudice (along with massive advertising) have made all this a multi-billion dollar industry.


Originally seen on HBO, this is the uncut version of the program and is very much worth going out of your way for.



The 1.33 X 1 image is shot on analog videotape, with stills and older 16mm and 8mm film edited in.  There are some aliasing errors and some softness, but it is ultimately minor and this does not look bad.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is mostly newly recorded audio, though I was surprised that older audio shot during filming existed and held up as well as it did.  Extras include Deleted Scenes, feature length audio commentary by McCabe, Extended Interviews that did not make the final cut and a behind-the-scenes featurette called Revealed!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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