One Hour Photo [WS] [DVD] [2002]

Fox goes all out on a film that didn't get the audience it deserved, and produces a DVD that really stands out. Director Mark Romanek's visual style, a key element of the film, is perfectly translated to this disc. At 1.85:1 and anamorphic (there is a full-frame version also available), colors are either a bit over-saturated, making them stand out, or highly realistic and warm. In either case, they simply look marvelous. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track is also quite good, though centered more up front. Though the basses are very evident at time, the surrounds aren't utilized as effectively, which is often the case with lower-budgeted films. Making this fine disc even better is the number of supplements. When a studio fluff piece is the worst element, it's a sure sign that things are good, and they are here. Beyond that featurette is a screen-specific audio commentary provided by Romanek and star Robin Williams. It's low key, even with Williams involved, but engaging as both have plenty to discuss. A real plus is a portion of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Romanek and Williams. Williams is in his public persona -- total mania, in all directions. It's a very entertaining conversation between the three. Due to it's "independent" basis, the inclusion of a Sundance Channel Anatomy of a Scene is not a surprise, and certainly welcome. This half-hour special takes an in depth look at one particular scene, with cast and crew interviews. Finally, along with the film's theatrical trailer and three televisions spots, is a trailer for John Malkovich's The Dancer Upstairs. This is a total package that only makes a fine movie even better.
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Special Features

  • Writer/director/actor commentary
  • "Anatomy of a Scene" sundance channel featurette
  • "Making of" featurette
  • "The Charlie Rose Show" interview with Robin Williams and Mark Romanek
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots
  • Closed Captioned


One Hour Photo
Funnyman Robin Williams steps out of character in this tense, low-key thriller that marked the feature-film directorial debut of music video veteran Mark Romanek. Semour "Sy" Parrish (Williams) runs the photo processing department at a large discount store; Sy is dedicated to his job, and takes great pride in his work. Sy's favorite customers are Nina and Will Yorkin (Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan), an attractive and cheerful young couple with a nine-year-old boy, Jake (Dylan Smith). Sy dotes on the Yorkins and their son whenever they drop off film to be processed -- something they've been doing quite often ever since Jake was born -- and Nina and Will are indulgent of Sy's attentions, regarding his as a harmless eccentric. What the Yorkins don't know is Sy is a desperately lonely man with no real life of his own, and he's been obsessively making copies of their photos, for years, imagining himself to be "Uncle Sy," a member of the family. Sy's tenuous hold on reality begins to collapse when he develops a roll of film brought in by a new customer that suggests Will has been unfaithful to Nina; the notion that his ideal family may be falling apart is troubling enough for Sy, and when he loses his job, Sy reaches the breaking point. One Hour Photo was screened in competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams
    Robin Williams - Seymour "Sy" Parrish
  • Connie Nielsen
    Connie Nielsen - Nina Yorkin
  • Michael Vartan
    Michael Vartan - Will Yorkin
  • Gary Cole  [act]
    Gary Cole [act] - Bill Owens
  • Dylan Smith
    Dylan Smith - Jake Yorkin

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