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DVD Review: Walk The Line

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A lot of things have been said about Walk the Line, which is to be expected since it was one of the most talked about movies of the year. My fellow Blogcritics were among those offering their input:

The movie was designed to destroy the man. Cash’s humanly faults become the movie, and the movie exaggerates those faults. After watching Ray I had a better understanding, respect, and empathy for Ray Charles. This movie leaves me no such feelings for Johnny Cash. It fails as a biography, and it fails as a film. It belongs to the “Made for TV” movie genre, not the silver screen. Save your Cash and go elsewhere. Marty Andrade

More serious fans looking for a biography of the man’s life are sure to be disappointed. The film ends with Carter accepting Cash’s wedding proposal. Before the credits roll, the audience is informed that they continued in the music business for 35 years until their deaths in 2003, leaving too many threads of Cash’s life left untouched, which is to be expected when skipping half the man’s life. El Bicho

I enjoyed the movie and, not knowing anything about the man in black myself, I wasn’t burdened by the glaring omissions mentioned in some of the other reviews. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon seemed to embrace their characters, but throughout the film we are always aware that it is Joaquin and Reese, not Johnny Cash and June Carter. This is more of an issue with Phoenix, who seems to only mimic Cash at times.

This was a good movie with great moments. Seeing Pa Carter going after Johnny’s drug dealer with a shotgun was a classic moment, but I really wish they could have explored the darker side of Johnny’s addiction and problems. Overall I felt the same way I did when I saw Ghostbusters for the fifteenth time. It’s good, but I think I’ve seen enough.

As Hollywood looks for more ways for us to waste our hard earned money, should we be expecting more bio-pics? When is the slated release for Art Clokey: The Gumby Story? I’m just wondering. The marketing for that one is already done! Hollywood complains that thier profits are shrinking and pirates are stealing. But most of the movies coming out of Hollywood these days aren’t even worth stealing. It’s like when I rented Godzilla for ninety-nine cents and felt ripped off. Walk the Line isn’t that bad, but it’s going to get there eventually if Hollywood doesn’t start getting back to telling good stories. Sorry for the rant.

[ADBLOCKHERE]Getting back to the film at hand, for the DVD content itself the packaging was straightforward and included the standard director’s commentary and deleted scenes. While the deleted scenes were good to include, I couldn’t help feeling that there deserved to be much more included in this. While the collector’s edition does feature a second special features disc, it’s disheartening that the standard edition didn’t come with at least a mini-documentary on Cash’s life after the period covered in the movie. I understand that it’s all about the marketing, but sometimes including a little extra would be nice. And maybe that’s what i wanted out of Walk the Line? More Behind The Music, less glossy Hollywood love.

My recommendation is that if you liked the movie, get the standard edition; if you love Johnny Cash, spring for the collector’s edition.

DVD Features:

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround)
  • Commentary by co-writer and director James Mangold
  • 10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by James Mangold
  • Trailers: Love Me Tender Special Edition
  • Theatrical Trailer
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  • Steve

    I LOVE JOHNNY CAsh!! I have every cd and i want to watch walk the line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!