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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Last Man Standing - Politics, Texas Style
Last Man Standing - Politics, Texas Style
New Video // Unrated // January 25, 2005
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Review by Robert Spuhler | posted February 11, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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(Writer's Note: Due to time constraints, I will be using my home Mad Libs kit to construct this review of Last Man Standing. I'm sure it'll look familiar. I'll let you in on a secret: Reviewers have been using this kit all year for political documentaries.)

2004 was the year of the political documentary. After Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 made millions for everyone involved, there was a rush to get new features to the market in one form or another.

The latest DVD to take advantage of this newfound market is Last Man Standing (title), a documentary about political maneuverings and machinations in Texas (region/level of government). It stars Patrick Rose and Rick Green, two men running for a state representative spot (names of poor suckers who will never get elected to anything ever again) and shows the run-up to the 2002 midterm elections (campaign).

Filmmaker Paul Stekler (filmmaker) has crafted a(n) evenhanded (evenhanded, one-sided, partisan) look at the race that shows the difficulties of putting oneself on the line and on the record for even as relatively small an office as state representative (that or "the biggest office in the land"). His camera gets behind-the-scenes footage from everywhere imaginable, including county fairgrounds (unique locations) and church, following the Republican.

The DVD

Video:

The video presentation of Last Man Standing is solid, especially in outside shots. The indoor scenes come off a little soft, but it's not too distracting.

Audio:

The Dolby 2.0 track is all that is necessary. The voiceover separates very nicely from the film footage, but the natural sound is also vibrant.

Extras:

Text pages promoting PBS' "P.O.V." series and a plug for the film's Web site round out the disc.

Final Thoughts:

There's nothing inherently "wrong" with Last Man Standing. It is well-crafted, humorous in spots and informative. But in the year of the political documentary, with so many more worthy discs on the market, it's hard to say that this is a film worthy of a spot in a DVD viewer's collection.

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