THE PLOT THUS FAR
Believe it or not this is the first serious documentary on boredom. Director Albert Nerenberg (Laughology, Stupidity) asks why the subject of boredom has been so religiously avoided and shows that boredom isn’t what you think it is. The films breakthrough research suggests boredom is likely a state of stress. It may also be killing you. Perhaps the powers that be would rather you not know that, especially if you’re inside some kind of educational institution or dead end job.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Boredom” is a documentary about the only constant in the universe. That nagging feeling that you’re alive and living in a void against your will. Now, the director of this documentary suggests that the feeling of overwhelming woe might be killing you. As you sit at that school desk or dead-end job, a part of you knows that to be true. But, what are you going to do? Society is a series of systems designed to keep everyone in roles that they don’t define.
Disinformation produces such great documentaries about off-kilter topics and this is no different. While the original cut of the documentary clocks in at 61 minutes, I was thrilled to have a shorter cut that hit the key points in greater succession. Too often, I watch documentaries that want to stretch to feature length, so that you feel like you’re learning something. Brevity is one of the most important things that an adult can learn and I’m glad to see that this documentary gets it. Plus, it was nice to have an actualized breakdown of the stages of boredom.
The DVD comes with a non-boring cut of the film and some featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is typical for a standard definition documentary. The transfer has small bits of noise, but that’s typical. The same goes for the Dolby Surround track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014