of us old enough remember Robin Williams as the affable alien Mork from Ork
from Happy Days and the Mork and Mindy show. Here he shows a considerably
darker side in a rich psychological thriller directed by Mark Romanek.
Parrish (Williams) is a photo developer with a universal human affliction; he
is just downright lonely. His mundane existence is seemingly made more
bearable by his interaction with his customers whose lives he explores through
their photos. One family in particular fuels his obsession to the point he
actively inserts himself into their private lives in the desire to ‘help’
them. This leads to Sy’s breakdown in determining fantasy from reality, which
leaves him jobless, and on the brink of potential destruction of himself and
of those around him.
visual transfer is crisp and pleasing throughout, to be expected with such a
new release, with anamorphic transfer for the lucky widescreen owners out
there. Audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 format and I found a good use of the
entire surround spectrum with high quality dialogue and audio sync. Music is
used well to emphasise the tension in the storyline.
include an audio commentary from Robin Williams and director Mark Romanek, a
short making of featurette, a talk show interview and a detailed breakdown of
a pivotal scene in the movie. The menu was nicely animated with a distinct
success of the movie lies with Williams’s portrayal of a creepy and
unpredictable loner. He is a tragic figure who by the end of the movie
endears sympathy rather than loathing. These themes have been explored before
in classics such as Taxi Driver and are as poignant now as they were back
then. An interesting if not somewhat disturbing DVD that comes recommended to
those wanting to explore the darker side of human nature.
One Hour Photo
- Audio Commentary
- Making of Featurette
- Scene Analysis