Loving Care, and I'm Your Man on DVD
Put You in the Action
is pushing the outside of the movie envelope with a pair of their titles.
I'm Your Man is a
short interactive movie in which - at specific points in the action -
you must choose which character to follow, and where to send that character.
theatrically in selected (and specially prepared) US cinemas, I'm Your
Man is the tale of a female whistle blower, her corrupt boss, and the
FBI agent who comes between them. Or is it?
Depending upon your
choices, made via your DVD's remote control, you can find out background
info on each character (in which case you may discover that not everything's
as it seemed when you followed other courses, and opinions you may have
formed may be wrong - or at least incomplete).
The movie's interesting
and light hearted - and it's cool to have the cast looking out at the
screen to ask your advice or to lobby you to "choose me!" The
bad guy even has a couple of tricks up his sleeve to make you more cooperative
when he asks for your assistance. Though written and filmed for a theater
audience, the jokes still work well in the home theater.
Bonus tracks include
a set of outtakes, an audio commentary by director Bob Bejan and a featurette
on the making of the movie. There are also some storyboards, trailers
"I'm Your Man"
also includes a DVD-ROM component that lets you navigate the film via
its "interactive game map" and there are web links.
All in all, "I'm
Your Man" is a pretty lightweight film, but it's worth playing around
with for its innovative use of the medium. Each version of the film only
runs about 15 minutes, so you have plenty of time in an evening to explore
all the disc's goodies.
I'm Your Man, from
widescreen, Dolby Digital, no copy protection or regional coding
starring Mark Metcalfe, Colleen Quinn, Kevin M. Seal, Music by Joe Jackson
Screenplay by Bob Bejan, Michael Ian Black, Ben Garant, Jeff Gurian, Alisa
Produced by Irving Fuller and Paul Selwyn
Directed by Bob Bejan
of some Steaming Tender Loving Care
Part movie, part game,
Aftermath's Tender Loving Care (distributed on DVD by DVD International
and on CD-ROM by Digital Leisure) is an adult "situation tragedy"
that plays with the minds of cast and viewer alike.
Created by the minds
that brought you "The 11th Hour" and "The 7th Guest,"
TLC stars journeyman actor John Hurt as Dr. Turner, a psychiatrist/narrator
who appears to have unleashed the events that unfold during the program.
Those events revolve
around married couple Michael and Allison Overton, and Kathryn Randolph,
a "nurse/therapist" who comes to live with the Overtons. Why?
Well, Allison is mentally ill, suffering from a severe case of denial,
and Kathryn comes on board to help her get her head together again.
fortunately, since otherwise we'd have no story!) Kathryn has some issues
of her own, and as the story unfolds one's opinion of her competence,
professionalism, and ethics may be put to the test. We also find out a
lot more about loving husband Michael and devoted wife Allison as well.
Hurt, who has graced
such films as "Contact" and "Alien," opens the action
by setting the scene. He also pops up at the end of each scene to comment
on the action so far and solicit your opinion.
After he does that,
the disc(s) change from a relatively straightforward movie into more of
a computer game/psychological test. You get the opportunity to explore
the Overtons' beautiful rural home (and elsewhere), poking around "at
will," through the various rooms and their contents.
Voyeurs will love
this; you can read Allison's and Kathryn's diaries, which are quite enlightening
to say the least, watch confusing-but-perhaps-equally-enlightening TV
programs, and get the skinny on massage techniques or Erotic Art (whoever
You also get the opportunity
to take a series of "TAT's," "Thematic Apperception Tests,"
that causes the software to form a psychological profile of YOU, as well
as helping steer the direction of the film.
It's fascinating and
hard to put this thing down - and depending upon your responses scenes
may unfold differently. For example, there's a scene near the beginning
in which Kathryn is undressing in her room, in view of Michael. On the
DVD, she appeared naked briefly, while on a subsequent trip through the
CD-ROM version she kept her bra on during that scene (which made us wonder
which questions we'd answered wrong!).
Control of the DVD
is via your remote control. The CD-ROM works with your mouse.
You can "save"
the game between scenes so you don't have to sit through the whole shebang
in one sitting. On the DVD, you're given an interminable code to punch
back in upon revisiting; the CD-ROM is more straightforward.
had a big problem with the DVD, which crashed repeatedly at the beginning
of one scene (in fact, we couldn't get past this on the DVD - which is
why we went to the CD-ROM version - the video of which is obviously much
inferior to the DVD's).
As of this writing,
unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to try the TLC DVD on a different
DVD player, so don't know if it was a disc problem or a player problem.
Since we actually
paid for the player, we're hoping it's a disc problem...
TLC is fascinating,
erotic, well acted and produced, and a really interesting use of interactive
media. We'd love to see more experiences like this.
Tender Loving Care,
from DVD International and Digital Leisure
starring John Hurt, Michael Esposito, Beth Tegarden, and Marie Caldare
Produced and designed by Rob Landeros, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman
Directed by David Wheeler
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