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Match (2014/IFC DVD)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: D Film: C+

IFC presents Steven Belber's Match - an interesting comedy starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino (Watchmen), and Matthew Lillard (Scream), all of whom play very well together in this film, which is an adaptation of director Belber's own Tony Award-nominated play.

In Match, Stewart stars as Tobi who is an eccentric, pot-smoking Manhattan ballet instructor whose quiet, yet highly successful life is interrupted by the arrival of a young couple (Gugino & Lillard) from Seattle, presumably there to interview him about his colorful life as a dancer in the 1960s. As Tobi spins salacious tales from his former career, an ulterior motive for the couple's visit emerges, forcing the trio to confront a secret that may connect or disconnect them all.

The film plays with some interesting themes including abandoned parenthood, the importance of one's career over personal life, and the basic message of living life to the fullest. I would be surprised if this was overlooked during Awards season, as the twist ending at the climax of the film is fantastic and really brings together an ending that is both positive and slightly dramatic.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks great on DVD for the format, but would guess it would look even better on Blu-ray disc. Subtitles are also included on the disc in English and Spanish.

Sadly, the only extra on the disc is a Trailer. Interviews or a Featurette would have been great to accompany this film on disc.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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