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Moon (2009/Sony DVD)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: B†††† Film: B

 

 

Of the surprisingly good number of hard Science Fiction films of late (District 9, Pandorum, even Surrogates), Duncan Jonesí Moon (2009) is as impressive as any of them.A serene space tale of fusion materials mined on the moon that helps to save the earth somewhat and the engineer who is running the moonbase by himself with the help of a computer.†† Sam Bell (a fine performance by Sam Rockwell, so good recently in Ron Howardís Frost/Nixon among other films) is running the base and has help from talking computer GERTY (voiced nicely by Kevin Spacey).Beating boredom is half the battle, but one day, his wrecks his moon buggy behind a mining machine and awakes not well.Then he starts to see things.

 

Or does he?

 

 

Jones and Nathan Parker wrote an ace of a screenplay and one of the most interesting of the year.The performances by the leads and other cast are very convincing and fit well into the world created, one that was made on a shockingly low budget, especially by todayís standards.This includes a remarkable mix of outstanding model work that is digitally enhanced and looks far superior to far more expensive and tired CG-only films of the last 20 years.Though 2001: A Space Odyssey is the film that looms largely, other classics that followed like Silent Running, Outland, Blade Runner and even underrated work on British TV classics like U.F.O. and Space:1999 (first season only) mark the great lineage this instant minor classic follows.

 

The makers understand the genre and serious filmmaking.That makes this a must-see film for anyone serious about motion pictures.

 

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image looks very good for this format, if not up to how good the 35mm prints (shot in Super 35mm by Director of Photography Gary Shaw) really looked, this could not look better here.Color is correct, it is clean and consistent and bores well for how good the Blu-ray must look.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is also as good as that old format can offer with good surrounds, clear dialogue, sound design and fine score by Clint Mansell (The Wrestler).Bet this sounds good lossless.

 

Extras include trailers for this and other Sony releases, two Q&A sessions with Jones and company at different events, a making of featurette, Creating The Visual Effects featurette, Jonesí short film Whistle (2002) and two audio commentary tracks with Jones.On one, he is joined by Producer Stuart Fenegan, the other by crew including Director of Photography Shaw, Concept Designer Gavin Rothery and Production Designer Tony Noble.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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