That said, neither of the three previously mentioned actors are all that bad (well, Dax Shepard perhaps, but that defeats the whole purpose of what I’m about to say), the true Uninspired Performance Award of the Week without a doubt goes hands down to the sultry Liv Tyler for her less-than-believable performance of Noah’s wife, Clare. Granted, the few scenes of Liv in her undergarments are perhaps the film’s only redeeming points, but her acting here is practically on-par with anything that Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan has ever submitted. Well done, Liv.
Moving on, the DVD release of Smother by Screen Media Films presents the movie in an anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen ratio that bears some strong colors and, in all honesty, is very good indeed. The English 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack suffices but doesn’t really make full use of the rear speakers. Spanish-language subtitles are included with this release.
For those of you who may find the film interesting enough to view for a second time, you’ll be pleased to know that director/co-writer Vince Di Meglio (whom, oddly enough, is not credited as the director of this picture on the back of the DVD cover) delivers an audio commentary for the feature. Di Meglio also shows up in front of the camera (as does most of the cast and crew) in a brief behind-the-scenes featurette (7:31). The only other extras on this disc are two trailers for Screen Media releases The Cake Eaters and Dark Matter, which play before the movie starts up.
The only really positive thing about Smother is how much all the film’s producers thought it was a great project and were only too happy to invest in it — which means they’ll take one of my inept scripts and worship it as a golden idol as well. Ka-ching.