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The Movie: Beautiful People is one of those films where you start off by being introduced to many people - couples, men, women, kids, who all come together at the end of the film in some way. Even though I've seen my fair share of this type of movie, somehow, Beautiful People was different - something about it thought kept me interested, something made me want to see how it was all going to turn out. With a plot structure similar to that of Magnolia (Beautiful People was released first), but at almost half the length, it would seem that parts of the movie might get a little muddled or confusing, but it all makes sense and comes together into one great story.
Even though the main focus of the film is the situation in Bosnia, the film itself isn't too sullen. There's a few serious scenes, and despite the fact that the film has sub-plots of immigrant acceptance and tolerance along with some gory scenes from Bosnia itself, overall, the film is mostly upbeat and generally entertaining and thought-provoking.
The Picture: This film was shot using a unique style - it wasn't done with expensive set-ups common in Hollywood, but on the other hand, it wasn't shot with a cheap camera. I'm not sure what the filmmaker used, nor does it matter, because the transition to DVD is superb. I didn't notice any errors in the transfer - there's no evident pixelization or artifacting. The colors are vibrant and the blacks are equally dark. A maginficent transfer for a great film.
The Sound: The sound utilized with this DVD is Dolby 5.1, and although the surrounds are not utilized often, when they are, they compliment the film well. The movie is mostly dialogue-driven and if you can get past the various accents, the dialogue is easy to understand. The few times that there are explosions or loud noises, while not rocking the theater setup, they were just perfectly leveled with the rest of the movie.
The Extras: The extras mainly consist of a few trailers from different countries - U.S., U.K., France, Japan, etc. and a short featurette from the Independent Film Channel. The featurette interviews the writer/director and has some behind-the-scenes information and is a nice addition. A commentary from writer/director Jasmin Dizdar would have been great, especially for the $25 price...
Conclusion: Satisfactory picture and audio combined with a nice featurette make this an attractive disc. The movie is top-notch, so even with the $25 price tag, I feel that this movie is worth it.
DVD Review by Blake Kunisch .