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Fuse (2003)

 

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

 

 

A comedy about the end of a civil war in Bosnia, Pjer Zalica’s Fuse (2003) is about how a recently war-torn town decides the put on the “Ritz” and “dog” when they hear President Clinton is going to visit.  Even with sudden massive good intentions, there are gangster types and corrupt persons within government who will not be as ambitious to make things look good and that could blow it for everyone.

 

Though some of this is predicable, but is also fun because everyone is good here and there is a certain level of offbeat wackiness with a dark undertone considering all the killing that had just happening.  That these people all conspire to essentially “ethnically cleanse” everything for money or reputation just because someone major will visit a place who would never come otherwise is sad and falls under the “comedy is a serious business” category.  The more you realize the history, the more Fuse has a darker undertone.  You could ignore it, but that would catch up with you sooner or later.  It is definitely worth a look.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on a newer video of some kind and has certain slight noise and detail limits throughout.  Video Black is a problem, as is detail throughout, not as a stylish choice, but the way it is.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian soundtrack is in stereo, but has no real surrounds.  It is still better than the picture and helps this to be more watchable.  Extras include materials about other Global Lens releases (text & trailer), DVD-ROM discussion guide, stills, text director’s introduction and biography.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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