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    Unique ID Code: 0000021048
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 30/7/2001 05:32
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    Shadow Hours (UK)

    6 / 10
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    Just when you thought you`d seen it all, you realise you haven`t seen a thing
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 87 mins
    Retail Price: £15.99
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    Michael Holloway has a dual personality. On the verge of embarking on a new life with his pregnant wife, he hopes to shut the door on his drub and alcohol-soaked past. Michael makes an honest living as a gas-station night clerk where he unwillingly comes into contact with the drunks and drug pushers who emerge after dark. Because he witnesses first hand the darker side of LA he is approached by a stranger looking for help researching his upcoming novel.

    What starts as an innocent journey rapidly becomes a swift descent into debauchery and decay. Although he tries to resist the seductiveness of drugs, he is powerless to stop his fall back into the life he used to lead. As he begins to question what he has become, the battle begins to free himself from the dark forces of the world he has discovered.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English

    Directed By:
    Isaac H. Eaton

    Written By:

    Cheryl Dent
    Tane McClure
    Christopher Doyle
    Julie Brown
    Richard Moll
    Clayton Landey
    Arroyn Lloyd
    Johnny Whitworth
    Corin Nemec
    Michael Dorn
    Brad Dourif
    Frederic Forrest
    Peter Greene
    Rebecca Gayheart
    Peter Weller
    Balthazar Getty

    Casting By:
    Dori Zuckerman
    Cathy Henderson

    Soundtrack By:
    Brian Tyler

    Director of Photography:
    Frank Byers

    Bill Yahraus
    Annamaria Szanto
    Clayton Halsey

    Costume Designer:
    Luke Reichle

    Production Designer:
    Laura Roberts
    Francis J. Pezza


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    6 / 10
    I`d never heard of Shadow Hours before, but I decided to give it a try anyway and watched it with a completely open-mind.

    It`s an independent film and has a first-time director, so I imagined it would be edgy and interesting (if nothing else). Fact is though, I was very disappointed. Although it`s very flashy/modern, it`s also totally unoriginal and the blatant nods to Fight-Club and one or two other movies are really appalling. It`s not a bad film in any way shape or form, but the number of times that "I`ve seen this all before" crosses your mind is way above average. To be fair, the script is occasionally very insightful and provocative, but because the ideas are so recycled, the words fall on deaf ears.

    On the plus side, Peter Weller (the original Robocop) is superb as the rich guy that`s leading Michael astray. It`s a well-written character and quite a memorable one too (largely due to his extravagant lifestyle and philosophy-spouting ways). It`s unfortunate that the premise here isn`t a little fresher because his convincing performance is completely wasted in this movie. I quite liked the booming soundtrack and the slick visuals too, but style over content isn`t something I`ve ever approved of.

    The disc isn`t very exciting either and the only extras are a trailer and an ill-conceived photo-gallery (set to music?!). The A/V quality is exemplary though and the 1.85:1 anamorphic image is certainly very impressive. The soundtrack is a good 5.1 mix, which features some well rendered music aswell as some effective ambience. I think the dialogue has been compressed somewhere along the line though and voices sounded a bit "on-the-phone" in places. Overall, it`s a passable disc but where are the interviews and featurettes?.

    Basically then, this is a by-numbers production that could have been so much more. I don`t hate it as such, but why bother making a low-budget film that`s just a copy/paste of big-budget ones?.
    posted by Tony Vado on 31/8/2001 03:54