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As I Lay Dying DVD Review

As I Lay Dying DVD

“As I Lay Dying” is better suited for the page and the stage.

Based on William Faulkner’s classic novel, “As I Lay Dying” has been adapted for the screen by writers Matt Rager and James Franco (who also serves as an actor and director). The simple story concerns the Bundren family children (Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey and Vardaman) embarking on a physically and emotionally taxing journey to bury their mother in Jefferson. As they travel on a carriage, the trip becomes full of peril and betrayal.

Say what you will about James Franco, but he’s easily one of the most interesting artists around. He’s never afraid to do what he wants and is constantly branching out to try new things. With “As I Lay Dying,” Franco takes on a decidedly non-Hollywood passion project and directs it himself. Unfortunately, this story of loss, death, religion, and family is a chore to get through.

While well acted across the board, it is Franco’s direction that actually hampers the material. His directorial style is both distracting and amateurish as he’s clearly trying out every technique known to man whether it be split screen, slow motion, or dull voice over monologues. It simply doesn’t jive with the often philosophical material.


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The striking cinematography is one of the film’s best attributes.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Adequate.

* Millennium Entertainment film trailers.
* Separate interviews with James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green, Ahna O’Reilly, Jim Parrak, Vince Jolivette, Matt Rager and Rob Van Norden. The group chats about characters, the source material, and so forth.
* A brief “Behind The Scenes” featurette that includes film clips, cast and crew interviews, discussions about the William Faulkner novel and the film adaptation, etc.

July 7, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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