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Crash (DC)
DVD disk
04.10.2006 By: Matt Hosack
Crash (DC) order
Director:
Paul Haggis

Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Don Cheadle
Matt Dillon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
On the streets of L.A., a cops try to deal with their job, problems at home and racism abounds when it really shouldn’t. On this particular night, a group of very different people’s worlds will collide. No, this isn’t the new Michael Mann flick, it’s CRASH.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
So this is the Best Picture of the year. Fresh off the success of MILLION DOLLAR BABY, Paul Haggis decided to do something risky and it paid off. CRASH is an interesting venture into the real, where everyone is worried about themselves and their own situation and the only real communication with someone “different” is by accident. People tend to bottle themselves up in their own little bubble. As is the case many times over, people initially size others up by stereotypes, but when you dig deeper, %100 of the time you find the real story. Haggis not only knows this well, he bases an entire film on this truth. While he nails it here and there, CRASH doesn’t fully explore this idea and that’s a shame. On the flip side, Haggis does get a lot right and the result is something great.

As this is the third review on this site, I won’t re-hash the film’s flaws nor its greatness but just count my vote as being worth the watch. With this director’s version, you get a whopping four extra minutes, which doesn’t amount to much, nor does it change the film. Haggis is becoming a hot commodity in the Wood and given the track record, it’s easy to see why. Next up, James Bond!
THE EXTRAS
This double dip is totally packed! The DVD comes in a shimmering slip case and lined with a the director’s essay on the film.

Disc 1 >>

DVD Introduction by Director Paul Haggis >> Lasting only a few seconds, this is pretty lame. It’s Haggis saying thanks for buying the DVD.

Feature Commentary with Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle and Bobby Moresco >> This is a wonderful commentary in which Haggis gradually relates how he formulated the whole story from his carjacking experience. Cheadle is great too talking about his role and experiences.

Rounding things out on the first disc is a collection of Lion’s Gate Trailers including a kick ass AMERICAN PSYCHO one.

Disc 2 >>

Deleted Scenes w/ Director Commentary > Call me surprised but a majority of these were actually pretty darn good. They were mostly cut for time constraints and flow.

“Behind the Metal and Glass” Making of Crash >> 28 min > This sizeable featurette delves deep into the production. Included are interviews with the ensemble cast members and their fears of living out traits that they “wouldn’t” normally. I could definitely see that some of them took a big risk and I think it all paid off nicely. This is a great addition to this film because I think it’s important to get both the cast and crew interactions behind the scenes. You get more of a sense of things.

On Paul Haggis – Featurette >> 5 min > This is the real meat of this sucker and one of the main reasons for fans to double dip. It’s an intimate feature with the director. Haggis reveals how CRASH came to him stemming from being carjacked. He decides to make a movie, changing things to an ensemble piece, and other bits. It’s a rare look at really how a production like this is birthed and executed.

“L.A. – The Other Main Character” Featurette >> 14 min > It’s all about Los Angeles in this featurette, that is not only entertaining but possible informative for anyone not a native. Heck, even the mayor shows up. On a personal note, I went to school there and can attest to the city’s giant melting pot. It’s inevitable that you’ll “crash” into people of other cultures and ethnicities.

Unspoken Featurette >> 11min > With the influx of info presented here, a recap is needed and this is a great roundup. Bringing to light the various themes wrapped up in CRASH, the cast and crew once again show how film is art and art should be about life…or something.

Bird York “In the Deep” Music Video >> This music video plays like an extended Cameron Crowe type music trailer.

Music Montages >> These are pretty useless, someone wasted their time!

Script-to-Screen Comparisons >> I usually enjoy these if they are both entertaining and well done. These two scenes are slicked up so you can see the script and the final shots at the same time. For a film like this, it’s great to see how a page translates into pictures.

Storyboard-to-Screen Comparisons >> Similar to the script-to-screen gimmick, this one instead uses storyboards. Not as cool as the script one but nice to see anyway.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
CRASH may be a highly debatable film. You may love it or hate it and that’s OK. The main thing is that you should see it and at least give it a try. The film shows a truthful reflection on our millennial sentiments and thoughts about one another. While it may not always get it right, at the very least it opens up the topic.

Props 2 > Paul Haggis – dude I dig your work and don’t screw up Bond! Matt Dillon and the half dozen other great actors who put in time on this effort.

Final D >> A MUST SEE! If you dug the flick, this DVD set is worth the extra bones.
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