10/22/2014  
Beethoven's Treasure Tail on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28Plastic on DVD Oct 28Dear Secret Santa on DVD Nov 4The Girl Hunters (Limited Edition) on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 21Mona Lisa Is Missing on DVD/Digital Oct 21Misfire on DVD and Digital Download Oct 21 [corrected]The 100Th Anniversary Commemorative World War One Collection on DVD Nov 4

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Defending Rene Zellweger: Iggy Azalea, Russell Brand, ...
Beethoven's Treasure Tail on DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28...
Plastic on DVD Oct 28...
Foo Fighters Announce Wrigley Field Show...
Dear Secret Santa on DVD Nov 4...

JB Joseph Burke

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

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

RR Rich Rosell

LES VAMPIRES (BLU-RAY)...
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE (BLU-RAY)...
EXORCISMUS...
THE DEVIL'S ROCK...
THE NESTING...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d't)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

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

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

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

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

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents
In the Cut (2003)

"You're here for the sex, right?"
- Molloy (Mark Ruffalo)

Review By: Jon Danziger   
Published: June 10, 2004

Stars: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Other Stars: Nick Damici, Sharrieff Pugh
Director: Jane Campion

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (explicit sex scenes, and a good amount of violence, blood and gore)
Run Time: 01h:58m:59s
Release Date: February 10, 2004
UPC: 043396023666
Genre: crime


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B- C+BB- C

DVD Review

A few summers back, In the Cut was *the* East Coast beach read—Susanna Moore's novel, with its spare style, just enough story, and explicit sex scenes was just the right mixture of highbrow noir and good old-fashioned porn to make it a page turner. It's not a galvanizing novel, really, but it's got its fascinations; and the film on which the book is based suffers from some of the same problems. That is, the suspense won't keep you hooked, and, given the titillation with which the movie is being promoted (especially on this DVD, in its "uncut director's edition"), it's likely to disappoint.

Meg Ryan plays Frannie, who teaches creative writing and exhibits a fascination with words, scribbling down novel bits of slang or turns of phrase into her ever-present notebook. She's just as fascinated with men, too, one of the principal subjects of conversation between her and her half-sister and best friend, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). These include Cornelius (Sharrieff Pugh), one of Frannie's students, who swaps up African-American slang with her for a better grade, a free drink now and again, and possibly more; and later on and more important, Giovanni Molloy (Mark Ruffalo), NYPD detective. It seems a serial killer is haunting Frannie's TriBeCa neighborhood; a body part is found in Frannie's garden, and she happened to be at the last place where the most recent victim was seen alive. (Frannie inadvertently played peeping Tom, seeing the future murder victim performing a sexual act on an unseen partner that no doubt is responsible for making this movie MPAA-unfriendly.)

It's hard not to reflect on the fact that serial murderers are a lot more common in Hollywood than they are in real life, and In the Cut never rises to the top of that particular genre; it's crudely reductive to call this merely a woman's spin on familiar material, but it's worth noting, given that most serial-murderer movies aren't written, produced directed by or star women, as this one does. Good for them, but, you know, that and two bucks will get you on the subway. So the main event here, I suppose, are the explicit sex scenes between Ruffalo and Ryan; you know they're about to happen when the scores shifts over to tremulous violins. Ryan gives the sort of performance that sometimes gets called "fierce" or "brave;" in this instance, those are euphemisms for "naked." The target audience (and you know who you are) will have their fingers on the fast forward button as soon as the disc cues up.

Though the novel was written years before, the movie was shot on location in post 9/11 downtown New York, and though the film wisely doesn't put too fine a point on it, there are a couple of lingering shots on American flags and a general, grey sort of malaise to the film that give it a strong sense of time and place. But still and all, both the movie and Frannie soon come to seem a little facile, especially as she scribbles down subway poetry as if it were revelatory. (Similarly, the most extraordinary thing about the book may have been its final sentences; the ending has been changed, and the jolt of those words never make it to the screen.) Leigh is winning in her supporting role, as is Kevin Bacon, as a stalking ex-boyfriend of Frannie's; but they aren't where the action is. A groovy, mournful downtown vibe is a pungent setting for a movie, but even with (or perhaps even because of) the explicit sex and violence, it's hard not to reach the conclusion that this is all a little dull.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: C+

 

Image Transfer

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


Image Transfer Review: Director Jane Campion plays around with film stocks, and she's shot a bleak feature that has been transferred reasonably well to DVD. Some of the shots can seem a little precious, but the colors are strong.

Image Transfer Grade: B

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
English, Frenchyes


Audio Transfer Review: The audio is layered with lots of atmospherics for downtown New York, and while it's stylish and refreshing that some of the dialogue is delivered in throwaway style, there are patches that are just a little too difficult to make out, in crowd scenes especially.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 28 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, French with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring The Missing, Sin, Trapped
1 Documentaries
1 Featurette(s)
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Jane Campion, Laurie Parker
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: The director and producer sit for a commentary track that, like the movie, is occasionally smart, but more often meandering. There's lots of perfunctory talk about locations and casting, but not a whole lot of insight. Parker and Campion don't help their cause by getting all giggly on the track when the explicit sex scenes come on; it's a little embarrassing for them, really.

Also here is a behind-the-scenes documentary (15m:40s) that's pretty by the numbers, though it features close-ups of Ryan's seemingly collagen-enhanced lips; very creepy. This is also the only place on the disc to see Susanna Moore. Finally, there's Frannie Avery's Slang Dictionary (02m:33s), a quick review of some of the terms that Frannie enters into her notebook. As with much else here, this was a lot more effective and organic on the page than on the screen.

Extras Grade: C

 

Final Comments

Moodiness is appealing for a little while, but soon it's clear that this is neither a great character study nor a great suspense story, making it a film that pretty much falls between two stools.

 


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

celebrity, renee zellweger, kathie lee gifford, nicole wallace, surgery question, comedy, crime, drama, music, foo fighters, wrigley field show, chicago, sonic highways, hbo series, movies, box office, mystery, documentary, movie, fury, world war ii, brad pitt, logan lerman, shia lebeouf, jon bernthal, michael pena, war, warner bros, 10 super hero movies, jason mormoa, aquaman, ezra miller, the flash, batman v superman: dawn of justice, television, internet, cbs all access, $5.99, hbo, web-delivered television, holiday, oscars, neil patrick harris, host, the academy of motion pictures arts and sciences, tonys emmys, abc, elizabeth pena, mario-francisco robles, la bamba, down and out in beverly hills, blue steel, modern family, matador, out of the woods, good morning america, 1989, jack antonoff, bleachers, yamaha dx7, minimoog voyager, superhero, robert downey jr., captain america 3, marvel studios, chris evans, syfy, incorporated, matt damon, ben affleck, the middle man, american horror story, fifth season, fx, freak show, jessica lange, sarah paulson, american music awards 2014, iggy azalea, john legend, katy perry, pharrell williams, lorde, surveillance, epic, action, kids, animation, george clooney, amal alamuddin, disney, new york comic con, tomorrowland, hugh laurie, adam west, batman, night time fake news, sunday morning news, nbc, jon stewart, chuck todd, meet the press, rock and roll hall of fame, 2015 inductions, green day, nine inch nails, the smiths, bill withers, stevie ray vaughan

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