FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
One summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving him and 9-year old Pete to survive alone while dodging child protective services and the dangers of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” is a look at how two kids survive the hood. Watching these kids deal with CPS and the various crap around the Projects is exciting. However, you can’t help but acknowledge the depressing lows that come with this kind of life. It’s sad and terrible in every sense of the word. But, what else is there?
While I don’t get a lot of the recent praise for the film, it is unique. So many films like this want to be uplifting, but “Mister and Pete” wants you to see the struggle for surviving in the ghetto like this. The levels of endurance and disgust that these young boys have to tolerate are hard as hell. How can anyone be expected to live in an environment that is this bleak? There’s nothing ever going to improve, so why bother with trying to escape? Hell, it’s scarier than most horror movies.
The DVD comes with a digital copy, commentary, music video, deleted scenes and featurettes. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a quiet drama. The Dolby 5.1 track is smooth and expansive for a film primarily taking place in an urban environment. The standard definition transfer does the best with what’s there. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 02/04/2014