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The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perspecto/2004/Tartan/DTS)


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



It is not easy to do a comedy, especially a dark one without the endless trappings self-indulgence and a general sense of celebrated ugliness sin the media offers.  Alex de la Iglesia’s The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perspecto/2004) is actually not a bad film in its attempt to be darkly humorous and has more hits than misses, even if some of it was obvious and I never laughed out loud.  I still had a smile or two, though.


The film starts out as an oversexed Alfie complete with main character Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) talking to the audience and camera directly, then the film takes a dark turn when the man who is supposed to get a promotion he expected suddenly disappears.  That makes him the top suspect giving him the biggest motive.  As things get crazier, the screenplay by Iglesia and Jorge Guerricaechevarria somehow manages to hold together just enough.  The conclusion is amusing on its own terms, but not from a build-up that might have had a bigger payoff.  Still, if you like a good comedy, this one is worth a good look.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is shot on film, but this transfer has some hazing and detail issues throughout despite the consistent good color.  Jose L. Moreno delivers a vivid and memorable cinematography job, but only an HD version is going to do the expressionistic elements of this work justice.  The sound is here in Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes, with the DTS just edging out the Dolby tracks and being dialogue-based, you only get so much in the surrounds.  Roque Banos’ music is a plus.  Extras include a trailer, making of featurette and feature length audio commentary by Iglesia.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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