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Review by Blake Kunisch | posted January 4, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie: 8mm, the much-anticipated film starring Nicolas Cage, is a suspenseful, and at most times heart-pounding movie. From the writer of Se7en, this movie isn't as deranged as Se7en, but just as disturbing. Nicolas Cage as Tom Welles sets out to prove the falsity of a "snuff film" that was found after the death of millionaire Mr. Christian in his private safe. 8MM is very disturbing and contains many graphic images. As Max California states, "Dance with the devil, the devil don't change, the devil changes you." After watching this film, you may just think you have been changed.

The Picture: 8MM features a great transfer to DVD. The video is sharp and it shows off how great a picture can look even in the darkest of conditions in the film. The color is crisp and rich with no noticeable faults throughout. Because this is a very dark film, most of the pictures are dark and they are shown off superbly in this DVD.

The Sound: The sound along with the picture is also very good. Throughout the movie, the sounds are extremely foreboding, which set the user up for a dark movie which presents a very exciting mood. The score stands out nicely and illuminates the movie along with helping the movie to obtain the mood it was going for. Overall, the sound contributes greatly to this movie and the transfer from film is great.

The Extras: The extras are lacking a little bit on this DVD. Schumacher references many deleted scenes in the commentary which could have been included on the disc. The commentary is the best part of this disc. A commentary by director Joel Schumacher is included and although I would have liked him to talk about the film more, this is probably one of the best commentaries I have heard.

Joel focuses mainly on society's boundaries when it comes to the content discussed on the disc. He touches on our apprehensions and our fears. The commentary does talk about the film and the cuts it had to go through to get the R rating rather than NC-17 and when he discusses these things, Joel is able to give an insight into human nature.

There is not a dead moment throughout the commentary. Joel talks constantly and it is always interesting and it kept my attention throughout. While in most commenatries the director discusses a little bit about the disc and then you watch some of the movie with another commentary here and there, Joel talks the entire length and there is not one dull moment.

Conclusion: 8MM is a very dark movie that didn't appeal to many people, but if you liked the movie, this DVD will not diappoint. I'd even recommend renting the DVD just for the commentary by Joel Schumacher - it is definitely worth it. There could have been more extras, but as it stands, the DVD is still a great addition to a collection (providing you liked 8MM).

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