Simple. A good actor does not a good director make. And in this case, Director Duchovny is, sorry bud, no Lasse Hallstrom. (Heís not even STOLEN SUMMERís Pete Jones!) The actors give, at best, wooden performances, and Duchovny doesnít seem at ease with the camera. As an actor, he is good, but with all the other actors (who were obviously looking to him for guidance) giving him nothing back, itís as though heís acting to a wall. Leoni is playing, and I mean playing, a pill popping, depressed mom. Williams could have been great as a mentally challenged man, but instead does a caricature, with freakish teeth that make him look like heís doing a character in one of his standup routines. The only performer to get out of the fire with only first degree burns is Erykah Badu, playing a feisty detention inmate. Even Duchovny canít fan out all the fire in her performance. The film looks and feels amateur, like Kevin Smith on a really bad day. But Smith has great scripts to back him up, whereas Duchovny has a shell of one (voice-over alert!), not sure what it wants to say or be. A love story? A coming of age tale? Or a film about struggling with inner demons? Well, if it is any of these three, itís up in the air. Sorry David, but three strikes and youíre out.
Building the House of D (11:26): This one starts with everyone discussing what the movie is about, and they all sound different. Plus there was so much outpouring of fellow actor appreciation that I felt like I was watching the Oscars. But finally, a breakthrough! Duchovny reveals some of the influence for the script he wrote. Itís too little, too late, but Iíll take it!
All Access Festival Pass (14:33): For all answers (if you still want them!), skip to this Q & A with Duchovny, which takes place after a screening of the film in the Santa Barbara film festival. Here, Duchovny shows he is a very funny guy and quick witted. Just wish that he was as open and talkative about the script and itís origins in the damn commentary!
The Old Neighborhood (3:33): Duchovny comes on at the beginning and praises New York. The rest of this is merely the New York shots from the film, mixed with uplifting music. This montage may move Duchovny, but not the viewer, an embarrassing extra used for filler.
Alternate Ending (1:17): Itís hard to say which ending is better (or worse!), but this one is totally redundant. They go from the scene, where Robin Williamsí character shows us the House of D, now gone and replaced by a small garden. Title cards then explain why the House of D was taken down, with the last one saying ďwhere the prison once was, there is now a gardenĒ. Show, and then tell? Good move cutting this one!
Deleted Scenes (7:38): Two are deleted, two extended. No argument about the cuts here, but if you want to have any respect for Duchovny as a writer/director, do not watch the one entitled ďFriendly French PeopleĒ. I warned you.
There is also a Trailers (11:28) section, featuring CRASH, RIZE, THE FINAL CUT, THE PSYCHIC, THE OFF SEASON (somethingís off alright!), and AKEELAH AND THE BEE, plus four pages (why?) of DVD Credits.