DVD Review: The Hustler
|20th Century Fox |
Movie •••• Picture ••••½ Sound •••½ Extras •••
This two-disc set features an ambitious collection of extras that occasionally falls short of the mark. A disjointed commentary cobbles together the memories of seven cast and crew members (and their relatives), but it delivers only a few memorable stories. A disappointing trick-shot analysis by pool expert Mike Massey can be watched as a pop-up within the film or separately, but it describes what we see onscreen without actually explaining how it's done. An episode of A&E's Biography tells the life story of star Paul Newman in a surprisingly even-toned way. Four original documentaries, totaling about 75 minutes, do a professional job of covering every aspect of the production and add some welcome insight into real-life pool hustlers. [NR] English, Dolby Digital stereo and mono; French and Spanish, Dolby Digital mono; letterboxed (2.35:1) and anamorphic widescreen; two dual-layer discs.