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The Imposter DVD Review

The Imposter DVD

“The Imposter” is an attention grabbing documentary.

If there’s one thing to take away from 2012 films, it’s that there were a lot fascinating true stories. Whether they were scripted films based on true stories (like “Argo” and “Compliance”) or unique documentaries such as“Searching For Sugar Man” and “The Imposter,” it’s clear that real life is making for compelling filmmaking. And if it’s compelling you want, films don’t get much more compelling than the “The Imposter.”

The film begins by revealing to the audience that in 1994, a young child named Nicholas Barclay disappeared from his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. The film then jumps to 1997 where Nicholas’s family learns that he just might have been miraculously found in Spain. In reality, this is nothing but a lie. With some elaborate storytelling, lies, and appearance alterations, this manipulative, identification-less, ‘imposter’ becomes Nicholas Barclay despite the fact that he barely looks like him (nor is he American). And yet, even with all of these red flags, he manages to convince just about everyone that he is in fact Nicholas. I could further explain what happens afterwards, but really, this is the type of documentary that needs to be seen to be believed. The way the truth unveils itself is what makes the film so jaw dropping.

The phrase ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ could not be more apt to “The Imposter” as this is the type of story that is so far fetched that it doesn’t seem real. Yes, the Barclay’s family weren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, but how could they (and the other government officials involved) NOT see that he was NOT Nicholas? Was the family in denial? Was the imposter that convincing of a liar? Did everyone just assume that no one in the world would ever claim to be Nicholas? There are no real answers which might frustrate some viewers. You also won’t get answers about what happened to the real Nicholas nor do we get a clear understanding of the imposter’s motivations for his multiple identity obsession and his penchant for lying. You’re left wondering what the heck just happened which makes it all the more creepy and intriguing.

Video/Audio:

Presented in widescreen, this is a supremely well shot documentary filled with up close and personal interviews and beautifully constructed reenactments.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track has no problem juggling dialogue, narration, and even a few songs.

Extras include trailers for for Vivendi and Indomina films (including one for “The Imposter”) and a lengthy 41 minute featurette titled “Making The Imposter” which includes interviews with the crew talking about the story and the film, film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

January 28, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review |

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