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January 30, 2007

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DVD of the Week – Catch a Fire (2006)

by RISHI AGRAWAL

Phillip Noyce is a bit of an enigma to me. He is best known for directing big budget thrillers like Clear and Present Danger and The Bone Collector. He has directed one of my all-time favorite movies (Rabbit-Proof Fence) and one of my all-time least favorite movies (Sliver). For every respectable movie he’s done like The Quiet American, he does something awful like The Saint.

Catch a Fire doesn’t seem to come from either of Noyce’s disassociated personalities, but from somewhere in between. Tim Robbins and Derek Luke star in this political thriller that takes place in 1980s South Africa, chiefly dealing with the issue of apartheid. This is a movie with a political message, but with standard Hollywood themes and action sequences.

This is not a great movie, but if you are in the mood for a thriller that won’t make you sick with its stupidity, then Catch a Fire is worth a rental. Special features include a commentary track by Phillip Noyce and “cast” as well as deleted scenes. I would guess that Tim Robbins isn’t on the commentary track, or his name would be mentioned.

In other news, I would be remiss not to mention the Collector’s Edition of Silence of the Lambs, which comes out today. It has a few documentaries on it as well as oodles of deleted scenes. I’m not sure how this compares to the Criterion Collection that came out a few years ago, but as that version is out of print, this is the copy to pick up.

Other new releases this week: Facing the Giants, Flyboys, The Marine, One Night with the King, Open Season


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  1. James
    Jan 31 2007

    Wasn’t “To Catch a Fire” actually generating some Oscar buzz when it was released last year?

    Oh, and we could’ve linked to my review of “Sliver” when you mentioned it in your pick. C’mon, you know you want to.

    “Sliver” lives up to its name, for me. It really is like a sliver of metal- the kind that gets stuck under your skin while working in the garage. I can’t stop picking at it; I’m desperately trying to drive it out. Deep down inside, I know that sliver is going to be with me for a few days.

    Unless I used a magnet. Where’s my copy of “X-Men.” Oh wait. That’s right; I don’t own a copy.

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