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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted February 9, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Synopsis: I couldn't find a better way to encapsulate the feeling of the film so, I'll just let the back of the cover speak for itself. Meet Francis & Blake Falls, Identical twin brothers who share a special bond. They finish each other's sentences, they take care of each other & they share each other's feelings. They also share one body. Born conjoined at their sides, these "Siamese" twins seclude themselves from a society horrified by their unique appearance. But the brothers' co-existence is threatened when a beautiful young woman (former model, Michele Hicks) enters their lives, challenging them to re-examine their physical and emotional co-dependance.

Audio: The disc boasts both 5.1 digital & 2 channel Dolby surround. Given it's lack of substantial sub use, it's better presentation can be found in the latter of the two audio choices. Having said that, the audio in 2 channel dolby surround really complemented the aesethic feel of the film. The picture is well scored & the 2 channel audio platform more than adequately conveyed the overall "feel" of the picture.

Video: The disc is presented in a 1:85.1 widescreen format. It's extremely clean with only a few flecks/stripes that appeared from time to time. However, it must be noted that I am unclear as to whether they were used as effects or simply a film processing error.

Extras: As far as extras go, I only have one complaint. While their are three trailers provided on the disc, none of them are for Twin Falls Idaho. There are talent files that are pretty static & bland. The same can be said for the production notes. The absolutely best extra is the Polish brothers commentary. They lend so much introspection into the entire process of making the film that I don't know which I liked more, the film w/out the commentary or the film w/the commentary running over it! Really a top notch, incredibly insightful effort by the Polish Brothers. I think the most astonishing part of their commentary was however, the way in which the commentary became less of a director's dissection & more one of peering into the lives of Francis & Blake. Since they portrayed them, the Polish brothers were in a tremendous position to provide their own insights not only as brothers but as twins as well.

Overall: Janet Maslin is a celebrated film critic for the New York Times however, she couldn't have been more wrong in her identification of this film as "richly perverse". There is not one perverse thing in the whole of the film. This is a compelling story about love & life & the need to understand, share and experience the riches they both provide. This is clearly a film that was resigned to small art house theaters & denied the broad exposure it should have garnished during it's original theatrical release. Now that it's on DVD, hopefully, it will get the recognition it truly deserves.
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