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21 Years: Richard Linklater DVD Review

21 Years- Richard Linklater DVD

“21 Years: Richard Linklater” is a nice tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker.

For over two decades now, director Richard Linklater has quietly become one of the very best modern American filmmakers. Having helmed critically acclaimed gems such as “School of Rock,” the Before Trilogy, “Dazed and Confused,” and 2014’s incredible “Boyhood,” Linklater’s career has been rich and varied. In honor of his great cinematic achievements, filmmakers Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood pay tribute to the indie darling with a documentary titled “21 Years: Richard Linklater.”

If you go into this documentary expecting to see an interview with Linklater himself, I’m afraid you will be disappointed as the Texas native is nowhere to be seen here. Instead, viewers can expect interviews with actors and filmmakers such as  Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Julie Delpy, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Rapp, Billy Bob Thronton, Keanu Reeves, Zac Efron, Jason Reitman, Duplass brothers, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey, and Miranda Cosgrove. Topics of conversation include Linklater (the person and the filmmaker), his filmography (although not every film is touched upon), his contributions to indie American cinema, the characters of his films, Texas, his writing and directorial style, and baseball. Certain conversations have been animated here courtesy of Powerhouse Animation Studios.

While primarily a standard “talking heads” type of documentary, “21 Years: Richard Linklater” still manages to be an engaging portrait of a groundbreaking filmmaker. Granted, the documentary feels like a puff piece at times, but so what? Linklater deserves the praise and it’s nothing short of fascinating to hear collaborators (and those inspired by his work) talk about the one of a kind artist.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? The newly shot interviews, film clips, and animation look sharp in standard definition.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? In a word, fine. All the interviewees are perfectly audible which is all that matters.

Extras:
* Outtakes with Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear, Jack Black, Joey Lauren Adams, Kevin Smith, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.
* “21 Years Later” and other Breaking Glass pictures trailers.
* A photo gallery.
* Nearly 3 minutes of storyboards for animated segments.
* A behind the scenes featurette on Powerhouse Animation Studios.

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December 24, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , ,

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