But the clincher, as far as I'm concerned, was the inimitable Gary Cole, seemingly reprising his wonderful character from OFFICE SPACE, but with a much more serious twist. Eriq La Salle and Clark Gregg also punched their clocks in convincing fashion as two detectives trying to nab themselves a crackpot. The big winner though, and one who deserves a pretty big high-five for this effort, is Mark Romanek who gives his feature film debut a perfect, sanitized look that contrasts his madcap character in a very appropriate manner. Try to imagine row after row of perfectly stacked cereal boxes, shelves stocked to the top with precision aligned stuffed toys, white floors with nary a dust bunny on them and a film that looks like it was shot in an IKEA showroom. Tacky, you say? Not at all, and this style gives the film added creepiness which matches Williams' to the tee and gives viewers and all around sick feeling, not only of dealing with a headcase, but of dealing with a headcase on his own ground and unfamiliar territory. All this and plenty more adds up to a terrifying, yet entertaining, way to spend an hour and a half.
Speaking of late night TV, The Charlie Rose Show hosted both Williams and Romanek to talk about this film and that's what you'll find next on the special features menu. Charlie Rose, who could put that watermelon-thrower Larry King in his back pocket any day of the week and twice on Sunday, leads a pretty interesting discussion about the beginnings of the story, Williams' involvement and pretty much anything else related to the film. We see Williams revert to his usual persona a bit, flying off the handle and running a couple of jokes into the ground. Like I said before though, the discussion is interesting, but it's nothing you can't catch on Charlie Rose reruns, so take it for what it's worth.
The last pic on this roll is Sundance: Anatomy of a Scene, made by the Sundance Channel. I've seen these on a couple of DVD's and although much of it is pretty much film school stuff (like I know...), it's pretty neat to look at for the average jerk (that, I know). Basically, the Sundance Channel takes half an hour to dissect a particular scene from the movie in every possible way. The good part is that they don't limit their observation to the technical aspects of the scene, but also to the meaning it has in the film and to the characters and the script. It does go into detail though about sets, costumes, lighting, music and everything else as well, but the more intangible parts are what I like most.
The Theatrical Trailer and three TV Spots are also part of the mix.