fish trap is formed of wire and wood into a conical shape. A
fish swims into the widest part of the cage and is trapped in a
position which is impossible to turn around. Limbo,
writer/director/editor John Sayles wonderful new film begins on
the broadest look at the residents of Juno. It's the big picture
used to lure you into an ultimately intimate story. Sayles works
his magic like a great story-teller, shifting focus with
brilliant editing and piecing together a rich panorama.
Dare I say the audio commentary by Sayles is every bit as good as his filmmaking. You get a glimpse into the mind of the writer, the tricks and savvy of the director and the sharp skill of the editor. Sayles points out how in an important emotional scene for Mastrantonio, he did it one long take, though in the finished film the scene is broken down in two major segments. Sayles works with actors by respecting the emotional core of performance.
Limbo is a stunning DVD. Background details are kept in sharp focus during the busy set-up scenes in the beginning. It makes a rich film that much richer. There's no edge enhancement flaring up in high contrast sequences. The colors are vivid and tightly contained within their individual space. A great scene to take a gander at takes place in the most mundane of places, a food pantry. Check out the varied color can labels. Yum. You can sit back and enjoy the experience of watching a movie
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