The Last Minute [Director's Cut] [DVD] [2002]

Steve Norrington's little known follow-up to Blade, The Last Minute comes to DVD in a surprisingly packed unrated version from Palm Pictures and Lions Gate Home Entertainment. With a sharp 2.35:1 widescreen picture, the colors jump off the screen and does justice to Norrington's slick look at the underbellies of London. The audio quality ranges from a full Dolby 5.1 Surround track to a normal Dolby stereo track, with two commentaries: one by the director and another from the star Max Beesley. At first glance, the features section looks slim, with only a theatrical trailer, some Palm previews (Sex and Lucia, The Believer, and Scratch), and a few web links to chew on. However, if you look closer, you can select the hidden roach icon and question mark down at the lower right hand corner of the screen. The first takes you through some well-designed menus littered with extras, while the latter takes you to a simple list of those same features. You can find featurettes in both menus, including "Producing The Last Minute" (an interview with producer Matthew Justice) along with behind-the-scene looks at the style of the film to the make-up prosthetics. Also available is a character-tree video, which discusses the strange slew of characters in The Last Minute, along with cast and crew biographies inside the submenu. Other bonus material includes interviews about the director's biographical screenplay alongside a music video and TV selector (featuring special, full TV segments made especially for the film). If you don't count the production notes, one of the final neat things in this package is the Countdown Calculator, which estimates how many weeks you have until you reach 90 by you entering your age. (Warning: It's depressing no matter how old you are.) All in all, this is a fine disc, especially considering that most of these hidden features are missing from the rated version.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Two commentary tracks by the director and star
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Cast bios
  • Character videos
  • Extra film clips
  • Music videos
  • Interactive features
  • Production notes
  • Previews
  • Weblinks
  • Hidden scenes and more

Synopsis

The Last Minute
In between the big-budget Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, British filmmaker Stephen Norrington directs the straight-to-video crime drama The Last Minute. Told in flashback, the story follows the rise and fall of Billy Byrne (Max Beesley). With a determined goal to be famous, he lands his first big show with the help of his slick agent, Walsh (Anthony Higgins). Fame comes quickly as he travels the globe and gets invited to hip clubs, becoming the darling of the London art scene. Due to his excessive, self-centered behavior, his girlfriend Janey (Kate Ashfield) leaves him. His fame fades away and he falls into a life of crime, drugs, and gangsters led by Grimshanks (Tom Bell), where he meets Anna (Emily Corrie). ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Max Beesley
    Max Beesley - Billy Byrne
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    Emily Corrie - Anna
  • Tom Bell
    Tom Bell - Grimshanks
  • Jason Isaacs
    Jason Isaacs - Percy
  • Kate Ashfield
    Kate Ashfield - Janey
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