Trimark/1996/102m/WS 1.85, PS 1.33

      Almost a documentary in style, Kids could be called "Looking for Telly."  He's the kid who has the magic touch in bedding down all the young girls and much of the action is framed around one of the girls looking for Telly. The first half of Kids features a lot of what appears to be hand-held camera work, emphasizing the cinema-verite roots of the film. Not my favorite cinematography, but it is effective in conveying a raw feeling, and Kids is raw if anything. Frightening in its casual depiction of these New York kids and their blatant disrespect for their own lives, Kids is never easy to watch. It isn't easy to dismiss either. Director Larry Clark does an excellent job in making this film seem very real.

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     Present on alternate sides in widescreen 1.85:1 and P/S 133.1, Kids on DVD looks decidedly better than when I viewed in a New York screening room. The colors are bright in contrast to the monotone lives of the kids. Clark doesn't look to make pretty images and while some of the scenes are grainy, the DVD transfers handles this very well without exaggerating the element. The overlapping dialogue is well handled clearly by the Dolby 2-channel audio. 






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