Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Director: Paul Schrader Cast: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Rita Wilson

DVD (Wide Screen)

Overview

Bob Crane was proof that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, that is, if the facts that are presented in Auto Focus are accurate. As for the DVD, Columbia/TriStar has done an admirable job on the disc, considering the lack of success for this film in theaters. The 1.85:1 image, anamorphic of course, is nicely presented. It's far from a reference quality transfer, but detail is quite strong, and colors are accurately represented. The intentional visual style concocted by director Paul Schrader varies from beginning to end based on Crane's current condition, and this disc translates the different states of mind exceptionally well. The 5.1 English Dolby Digital track is also very nice. For the most part, the sound is centered up front, but there are a number of instances where the surrounds are used effectively. As for extras, they're fairly abundant, but a mixed bag. Up first is not one, but three audio commentaries, from Schrader, writer Michael Gerbosi, producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and, finally, stars Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe. Also included is an hour-long documentary, "Murder in Scottsdale," about the actual case, and while very detailed, it is a bit of a bore. Far less substantial, but at least shorter, is a seven-minute fluff piece from the studio with some interviews. In addition to this are five deleted scenes with optional commentary from Schrader, two trailers for this film and a handful of others from Columbia/TriStar, including Talk To Her and Spider, among others.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2003
UPC: 0043396103863
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & high definition video; Widescreen presentation; Commentaries: director Paul Schrader; actors Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe; producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski & writer Michael Gerbosi; "Murder in Scottsdale" documentary; Making-of featurette; 5 deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Subtitles: English, French; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French (Dolby Surround); Bonus trailers; Weblink; Animated menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greg Kinnear Bob Crane
Willem Dafoe Johnny Carpenter
Rita Wilson Anne Crane
Maria Bello Patricia Crane
Ron Leibman Lenny
Kurt Fuller Werner Klemperer/Klink
Ed Begley Mel Rosen
Michael E. Rodgers Richard Dawson
Michael McKean Video Executive
Christopher Neiman Clary
Bruce Solomon Feldman
Lyle Kanouse John Banner/Schultz
Nikita Ager Julie

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director
Steve Aaron Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Alexander Producer
Alicia Allain Producer
Angelo Badalamenti Musical Direction/Supervision
Aaron Barsky Asst. Director
Kristina Boden Editor
James Chinlund Production Designer
Pat Dollard Producer
Michael Gerbosi Screenwriter
Joel Harlow Makeup Special Effects
Rick Hess Executive Producer
Rob Hinderstein Makeup Special Effects
Larry Karaszewski Producer
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Trevor Macy Executive Producer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Brian Olivier Co-producer
Sam Pope Set Decoration/Design
Seth Reed Art Director
Todd Rosken Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
James Schamus Executive Producer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:31]
2. Bob Crane, DJ [1:40]
3. Pitching "Hogan's Heroes" [1:37]
4. Family Comes First [2:30]
5. The Pilot Episode [1:37]
6. Press Junket [4:50]
7. John Carpenter [2:09]
8. Salomes [2:49]
9. Fatherly Advice [4:07]
10. Carpy's Pad [5:19]
11. Party With Jill & Judy [4:40]
12. Patricia [3:53]
13. Giving Bob a Hand [8:10]
14. "Schmile" [1:08]
15. A Woman Who Understands Him [3:27]
16. Daydreaming Again [2:57]
17. Photo Finish [2:40]
18. "I Need Work" [2:57]
19. Mistress Victoria [3:09]
20. Dinner Theatre [2:21]
21. "Real Gone Lover" [2:04]
22. Big Plans [6:27]
23. Bobby Does Dallas [5:11]
24. Custom Edits [2:57]
25. "Celebrity Cooks" [1:53]
26. The Image Problem [11:11]
27. Lowering the Boom [5:11]
28. End of a Perfect Friendship [6:00]

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Auto Focus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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A very good, sad film about a very sick man whose lifestyle led to his demise.