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Doubles (2000/Japan)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: D

 

 

Doubles (2000, Japan) is a film full of poorly executed good ideas.Two thieves stuck on an elevator. Good idea. Nice titles for your opening titles sequence.Good idea.Having both of these good things take an excruciatingly long time?Bad idea.The editing in this film is absolutely horrible.A five-minute opening title sequence (thatís no Bond title sequence let me tell ya) and plenty of scenes that couldíve used the knife.

 

The soul of the film just isnít there.Similar to the problems I faced with Manji (reviewed elsewhere on this site), I just donít care about these characters.Both of the thieves are supposed to be lighthearted and bumbling but are they good guys or are they bad guys?Every time the guy has a heart tremor am I supposed to blink and squirm waiting to see how this all turns out?It just didnít keep me too focused or make me care enough to keep on watching.

The 2:35:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced transfer for this film is crisp and the video transfer is pretty good throughout the film, but it just shows its age constantly and too often.†† The use of green for the interiors is nicely handled and all of the colors look even throughout.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for this film maintains a nice resonance as well, getting loud in the film only where it needs to be, but is nothing sonically special.The features on this disc are slim to none which isnít surprising due to the amount of effort it looks went into this film.These extras include cast/crew biographies, production text and trailer.See it at your own risk.

 

 

-†† Jamie Lockhart


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