THE PLOT THUS FAR
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Nothing particularly interesting happens as a producer talks a married couple into allowing cameras into their lives for an unprecedentedly close look at the perfect American family. The real drama begins only when the participants are forced to grapple with the big choices. The actors here give themselves totally to this multi-leveled process and come out with flying colors.
“Cinema Verite” concentrates on the technical aspects more than in the family members. The only one that is showcased was Lance, a young man obviously in awe of himself and his wit. Santa Barbara was perhaps too provincial for him to express his artistic bent, so he fled to New York where he was able to be what he wanted to be in an open atmosphere, away from his parents and small town gossip. The other kids are not even given a thought in the film, even though they were prominently seen in the weekly programs.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette and commentary. The A/V Quality is strong for a recent TV movie. However, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is pretty strong. However, it’s still a quiet drama for the most part. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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