Plot: What’s it about?
It’s no secret that when EDtv came out, it was compared to last year’s smash, The Truman Show. But I can honestly say after watching it, the two are totally different…sort of.
Matthew McConaughey plays Ed Pekurny, a 31 year-old video clerk at a local San Francisco video store. A local network decides to start a show called True TV, that will follow the life of one man–day and night. After an “audition” at a local bar, Ed is hired for the job. It isn’t known, when the program starts, if it will be accepted by the viewing public. As it stands, EDtv is an instant hit, with viewers from California to New York (and the way they show this is clever) tuning in at all hours of the day and night to see what Ed is doing.
Also, along for the ride is basically everyone Ed comes into contact with. There’s Shari (Jenna Elfman) who was engaged to Ed’s brother, Ray (Woody Harrelson) but the two have since split after he was caught having an affair (on TV no less). Shari can’t handle the constant pressure of being on TV and skips town. Here’s where things get a little complex (for Ed that is).
As the show becomes more and more popular, the less private his life becomes. What was once fun is now becoming a hassle. Of course there are the benefits…Ed nearly has sex with a supermodel (rightly enough played by Elizabeth Hurley) and is now a “celebrity”, but he finds things out about his personal family life that he was maybe better off not knowing before.
EDtv is a clever, fun sort of a movie that is unlike The Truman show in the sense that he does it voluntarily (as opposed to Truman, who is unaware of his TV presence). Director Ron Howard has obvious clout and can hire a top notch cast. Look for some very, uh, interesting cameos that make the movie all the more interesting. All in all, a great movie that isn’t trying to make a statement. It’s just all about ED!
Video: How does it look?
Part of Universal’s Collector’s Edition series, the film is, of course, 16:9 enhanced and looks top notch. Not one single hint of artifacting and all colors look great. Movies, especially new ones, that are 16:9 enhanced look like you’re looking into a mirror. Not a single flaw to my eyes…
Audio: How does it sound?
Dolby Digital 5.1 souds great. Many surround effects and some LFE (sub) effects keep all your speakers humming. There is a particular scene that impressed me, I can’t remember the chapter number, though. Ed is being interviewed for the job and the camera pans from left to right and the transition of sound is exactly like that on Video Essentials. It’s a perfect demo for sound to move across the front three speakers. Guess that means mine are working ok, eh?
Supplements: What are the extras?
As mentioned before, part of Universal’s Collector’s Edition so it’s loaded with extras. Included are not one, but two commentries (one by Ron Howard and one by the writers), deleted scenes, outtakes (that are funny as hell), a featurette and tons more. The price tag may be a little more than average ($35), but you get your money’s worth. Highly recommended!