Buck (Mike White) has a serious case of arrested development and an obsession with Chuck (Crhis Weitz), his best friend from childhood who moved away years ago, when they were both kids. When Chuck dutifully returns to town to attend the funeral of Buck's mom, it becomes clear to him that Buck is nursing more than a harmless crush on his former pal. Chuck & Buck, written by White, follows the pair as Buck basically stalks Chuck, now determined to express his feelings by staging a play about them. It is not an easy movie to describe, because it is so layered and well acted that it resists both being trivialized and being championed. It is a very good movie, but not the type of film you walk away from with uncontainable excitement. Rather, it is disturbing and thought-provoking, the type of movie that is funny but difficult to laugh at, creepy but touching.
DVD Details: Though it was shot on Digital Video, Artisan Entertainment has transferred Chuck & Buck to DVD from the 35mm blow-up instead of the source material. While there are varying opinions on this, I personally cannot complain in light of the extensive DVD package that Artisan has put together for this release. The visual quality, as expected, is anything but stellar. Anamorhpically enhanced and with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the picture is muddled and unclear at times, but passable. A dialogue-driven soundtrack, presented in 2.0 Dolby Surround, is considerably better.
The bonus features bonanza on the disc includes production notes, a theatrical trailer, cast and crew information, six deleted scenes that are presented 4:3 and look great (five scenes are accompanied by director and writer commentary), and a feature called "The Games We Used to Play," which has funny text outlining those games. Also included is an insert booklet that has some DV information. The main attractions, however are the two commentaries. Director Miguel Arteta and writer-actor White provide the first, and spend more time pointing out their friends on-screen than discussing the more technical aspects of filmmaking. The second commentary, provided by Director's Assistant Ruben Fleischer and Key Grip Doug Kieffer, provides more such details.
Chuck & Buck is an intriguing movie and awesome DVD. Recommended.