Attraction [DVD] [2000]

Attraction contains a decent collection of supplements that should please fans of the film. The major extra is a mediocre feature-length commentary from writer/director Russel DeGrazier, editor Glen Garland, and director of photography Michael Price. All three men offer some valuable insights to the story, with the most coming from DeGrazier. There are some significant pauses throughout the track, and certain parts are scene-specific. Another fairly unique addition is a series of interviews with the actors completely in character talking about the events in the story. This makes everything appear more natural and realistic, and explains certain actions by the characters during the film. The other major section includes interviews with DeGrazier, Mol, Samantha Mathis, and Matthew Settle. The entire collection runs for about eight minutes, and briefly covers each actor's reasons for interest in the story. A majority of the events in this film take place during the night hours, and this 1.85:1 widescreen transfer presents these scenes with a limited amount of grain or defects. However, there's very little in terms of exceptional images on this picture that stand out as memorable. Also, this Trimark release suffers from its non-anamorphic format in terms of its overall picture quality. During the louder, tense moments of Attraction, the 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer works nicely and carries a good deal of power. However, the sound balance on this track is terrible and forces numerous volume adjustments. The dialogue is extremely quiet in the front speakers, while the sound effects blare throughout the entire sound field.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Widescreen
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Trailer
  • Bonus footage
  • Character interview featurette
  • Scene acces
  • Interactive menus
  • English, Spanish & French subtitles
  • Cast & crew interviews
  • Music video

Synopsis

Attraction
Writer/director Russell DeGrazier makes his feature debut with this dark tale of four twentysomethings and the destructive relationships between them. Originally titled Stalk, the film concerns the decidedly ungentlemanly behavior of Matthew (The In Crowd's Matthew Settle), part-time alternative-newsweekly columnist, part-time rude-boy radio talk-show host, and full-time torch-carrier for ex-girlfriend Liz (Gretchen Mol). In keeping with her "been there, done that" stance on their relationship, Liz objects to Matthew's obsessive displays of affection (parking his car outside her apartment for hours on end, attempting to break down her door). Luckily, two forces intervene: her friend Corey (Samantha Mathis) and her current boyfriend, Matthew's editor Garrett (Tom Everett Scott). In a chance meeting at a local watering hole, Corey befriends the tortured Matthew, and the two begin an intensely carnal relationship that not only distracts him from stalking Liz but also -- as an added bonus -- makes Liz jealous. Unfortunately, Garrett is still worried that Liz's loose-cannon ex might still be hung up on her, so he begins his own cat-and-mouse game with Matthew. Attraction premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Samantha Mathis
    Samantha Mathis - Corey
  • Gretchen Mol
    Gretchen Mol - Liz
  • Tom Everett Scott
    Tom Everett Scott - Garrett
  • Matthew Settle
    Matthew Settle - Matthew
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