11/23/2014  
Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2What If on DVD & Blu-ray Nov 25Hart To Hart: Season 3 on DVD Dec 9The Simpsons: Season 17 on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 2Robin Williams Remembered - Pioneers of Television on DVD Dec 2Kung Fu Girl / Whiplash on DVD Dec 2Broad City: Season 1 on DVD Dec 2

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2...
'SNL's' Michael Che talks Bill Cosby: 'I forgave Kramer...
What If on DVD & Blu-ray Nov 25...
Hart To Hart: Season 3 on DVD Dec 9...
Beyonce Debuts Music Video ... Suck It Iggy, J.Lo and K...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (BLU-RAY)...
AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM (BLU...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
DARK SHADOWS: THE GREATEST EPISODES COLLECTION - FAN FA...
JACK KEROUAC - KING OF THE BEATS...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
COLD SWEAT...

RR Rich Rosell

LONDON TO BRIGHTON...
AFTER.LIFE...
MYSTERY TRAIN (BLU-RAY)...
THE NATURAL (BLU-RAY)...
PANDORUM...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

JU Jeff Ulmer

THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Trimark Home Entertainment presents
Risk (2000)

"First rule of adjusting: You can never know for sure what happened in an accident."
- John Kreisky (Bryan Brown)

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: August 15, 2002

Stars: Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan, Tom Long
Director: Alan White

Manufacturer: Technicolor
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, language and brief drug use
Run Time: 01h:33m:09s
Release Date: March 26, 2002
UPC: 031398796923
Genre: suspense thriller


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ BA-A C-

DVD Review

Film noir somehow often comes around to insurance. Double Indemnity is of course the classic of the genre. This 2000 Australian production takes the noir sensibility and puts it into the glass insurance towers of postmodern Sydney, trading shadow and dark for light and steel. But the result is none the less deadly for it.

Young Ben Madigan (Tom Long) is in the big city for his first job, working for UAI as an insurance adjustor, with the naïve hope of helping people. He comes under the wing of Kreisky (Bryan Brown), who sets up an experiment using Ben's innocence as a lure to get claimants to settle. But as Ben comes to realize, there's more to it than that, particularly when he meets Kreisky's crooked lawyer girlfriend, Louise (Claudia Karvan). Their scam works beautifully....until someone gets greedy.

This is a fairly enjoyable little thriller, though it doesn't quite have top-notch, edge of your seat suspense. However, there is a definite ominous air present, particularly in the sequences where Louise begins seducing Ben. Most of the film is in bright sunlight, though there are plenty of backroom and alleyway deals to ground the film in the noir genre.

Long makes for a charming character with his wide-eyed innocence; he looks a bit like a young Mick Jagger—if Jagger had been raised on an Amish farm. Bryan Brown is excellent as the master scam artist who never lets anything rattle him. As usual, he steals any scene he's in. Claudia Karvan is a bit unreadable, which is appropriate for her character, whose motivations and allegiances are consistently suspect.

The direction is a bit self-consciously arty, with conspicuous use of time-elapse photography for no particular reason. The story works pretty well, although even after two viewings it's not terribly obvious how the scam machine works. But that, as usual, is the unimportant MacGuffin and is just to get the characters into place. The character interaction is superb and is one of the great merits of the picture. While not a classic, it's certainly capable and worth the consideration of fans of film noir.

The running time is four minutes longer than the 89 indicated on the keepcase.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen picture generally looks excellent. There are a few instances of minor compression artifacts, but nothing terrible or overly distracting. Black levels are very good and color is quite nice throughout. Sky colors seem a little off, but that may be an intentional effect to give it a more noir feel.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The 5.1 DD sound is first-rate, with loud, chest-thumping bass prominent from the many car crashes and the pounding rock score. Dialogue is clear throughout, and there's plenty of environmental surround sound throughout that is particularly effective during a sequence under the water in a pool and at the seashore. No hiss or noise is to be heard. A very nice soundtrack indeed.

Audio Transfer Grade: A

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu
Scene Access with 24 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
2 Other Trailer(s) featuring Kill Me Later, The Rules of Attraction
1 Featurette(s)
Packaging: Alpha
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: The sole extra on the menu is an electronic press kit set of interviews running 8m:45s. There's really nothing of substance in this at all; the actors just describe their characters and the situation; the director makes a little more of an impression. Subtitling is good, and chaptering is adequate. Several trailers for Lion's Gate films are included as a hidden easter egg: a pan & scan red-band R trailer for Kill Me Later, a nonanamorphic 1.85:1 trailer for The Rules of Attraction and a pan & scan green-band R trailer for the main feature.

Extras Grade: C-

 

Final Comments

A deft little Aussie thriller with a nice transfer, particularly in the audio realm. Not much in the way of extras.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

drama, television, saturday night live, michael che, bill cosby, cameron diaz, comedy, music, beyonce, 7/11, american music awards, sunday, movie, hunger games: mockingjay-part 1, danny strong, christian toto, john nolte, sarah seltzer, documentary, action, foo fighters, beat the bots tour, 2015, sonic highways, fenway park in boston, wrigley field in chicago, citi field in new york, rfk stadium in washington d.c., chris pratt, guardians of the galaxy, dave chappelle, shailene woodley, ansel elgort, steve carell, michael sam, celebrity, judi dench, esio trot, bbc, philomena, dustin hoffman, richard curtis, horror, sci-fi, james bond, christoph waltz, daniel craig, ralph fiennes, ben whishaw, naomie harris, miley cyrus, patrick schwarzenegger, adore you, arnold schwarzenegger, maria schriver, family, the big bang theory, mrs. wolowitz, carol ann susi, breast cancer, jennifer actress, plunging neckline, movies, christopher nolan, big hero 6, interstellar, gone girl, st. vincent, andy dick, arrested, tmz, stolen necklace

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store