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“Domino”
Reviewer:
Wayne A. Klein
Studio: New Line
Genre: Drama
Release:
2/14/06
Special Features: Two commentary tracks with the first featuring director Tony Scott & Richard Kelly; the second commentary track features pre-production meeting discusses between Tony Scott, producer Zack Schiff Abrams, Richard Kelly and Tom Waits; “I am a Bounty Hunter” and “Bounty Hunting on Acid: Evolution of a Visual Style” featurettes, deleted scenes, DVD-ROM extras
Review:

Movies inspired or based on true stories never seem to quite live up to their inspiration despite the talent involved. Sure, there are exceptions but they aren’t the rule. “Domino” based on the life of Domino Harvey (daughter of the late actor Lawrence Harvey) tells us about this unconventional beauty who gives up her life as a model to become a bounty hunter. Tony Scott and Richard Kelly use a unique framing story to jump back in time to see how Domino became who she is. The unconventional script by Kelly (“Donnie Darko”) and stylzed direction of Scott (“Man on Fire”) make “Domino” unlike most fictionalized biopics that we see.

Image & Sound:

“Domino” looks exceptional in this transfer. No analog defects that I could detect and no digital ones were an issue either. The colors are rich and characteristically bright for a Scott film. The 5.1 mix sounds exceptionally good here but I’d suggest going with the DTS 6.1 soundtrack as it captures the textures and quality of the theatrical experience accurately. ---

Special Features: We get a pair of fascinating featurettes beginning with a 20 minute one focusing on the inspiration for the film the real Domino. Most of this is conveyed by those that knew her (Domino Harvey died mysteriously just before the film premiered). “Bounty Hunting on Acid” examines Tony Scott’s style for the film. We also get deleted scenes The audio commentary featurette two separate very different tracks; the first is a straight ahead commentary track with director Tony Scott and screenwriter Richard Kelley. The second track features edited recordings of the pre-production meetings. It’s fascinating hearing the discussion in pr-production and being able to see the end result on the screen at the same time. I wasn’t able to access the DVD-ROM features but they reportedly included a script to screen comparison.

Final Words:

A stunning looking action adventure film “Domino” is as unconventional looking as its heroine. Scott’s film benefits from a surprisingly believable performance from Keira Knightly and nice supporting turns from Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken and Edgar Ramierz. Look for “90210” alumni Brian Austin Greene and Ian Zierling as themselves in a humorous twist on their celebrity.

 

 
 
 
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