Haiku Tunnel on DVD
By Jim Bray
Get ready for the longest 90 minutes you've spent in your home theater
Haiku Tunnel is billed as an office comedy, but that isn't quite an accurate
After all, a comedy generally has a mandate to make you laugh at least
once, but neither I nor my wife even came close to cracking a smile during
this interminable DVD about a wannabe novelist who makes his living working
as a temp in legal offices. Until it was over, that is, at which point
we smiled with relief and gratitude.
Josh Kornbluth co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed and stars as Josh Kornbluth,
the temp whose life is unfolding just fine, thank you, until his current
gig becomes "perm." Josh just isn't cut out for a life of being on time,
being competent, being responsible, or (judging from the film) being funny.
Kornbluth also serves as the film's narrator, from an opening monologue
to periodic times during the ordeal when the movie stops and we're back
in narrator mode. He also does voiceovers during the non-action.
The cast surrounding Kornbluth are two dimensional stereotypes and they're
the best thing about Haiku Tunnel. There's the lawyer for whom Kornbluth
works, the other secretaries, and assorted other window dressing. And
what's Harry Shearer doing in this mess?
What there isn't, as mentioned above, is any sort of humor, though the
movie seems to think it's funny.
I dunno. Maybe it's me (and my wife); I've seen some online reviews that
claim Haiku Tunnel is a real knee slapper that's "laugh out loud funny."
Or maybe these people have been conditioned by laugh tracks in sitcoms
and will laugh at anything.
So you'll have to judge for yourself - but don't say we didn't warn you!
The DVD's pretty good - better than the movie warrants. It's presented
in anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compatible) and the picture quality
is very good. The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround audio is also up
to Columbia Tristar's usual high standards.
Extras include a directors' running commentary (except they should be
running away from this flick instead of running on about it!), some deleted
scenes, outtakes, directors' notes, filmographies and trailers.
Haiku Tunnel, from Columbia Tristar Home Video
90 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Digital
Starring Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Helen Shumaker, Amy Resnick
Produced by Brian Benson, Jacob Kornbluth, Josh Kornbluth
Written by Josh Kornbluth, Jacob Kornbluth, John Bellucci, Directed by
Jacob Kornbluth & Josh Kornbluth.
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