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The American Side (2016/Sony DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: B

One of the more original films I've seen in a while, Jenna Ricker's American Side (2016) is a gritty modern day Film Noir that involves a cigarette-smoking detective, a Femme Fatale, and a mystery surrounding priceless information leading back to famed inventor Nikola Tesla.

Shot gorgeously and featuring a superb cast including Greg Stuhr, Matthew Broderick, Alicia Bachleda-Curus, Janeane Garofalo, Camilla Belle, Robert Forster, Robert Vaughn and Harris Yullin to name a few, this film is packed with movie references (including a clever tip of the hat to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest) and several clever bits that will satisfy any fan of mysteries as a detective (Stuhr) looks into an alleged suicide at Niagara Falls that raises some questions. This puzzling case leads him to a once in a lifetime uncovering of a conspiracy involving a long-lost design of Tesla. Along the way he ends up encountering some colorful characters that complicate the case all whilst trying to dive through misdirection to uncover the truth.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (shot on an Arri Alexa HD camera by Director of Photography David Barrera) and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track (music score by veteran David Shire), the film looks and sounds fine for the DVD format but would be greatly improved by a high definition presentation considering how good it looks and well its made. No extras... except previews for other coming attractions.

All in all, this is a solid film that is definitely worth a watch!

- James Lockhart



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