Plot: What’s it about?
Joe (Ralph Fiennes), is a prison guard at working under the government lead by “Junior” (Tom Hollander). Junior’s idea of a governing body consists more with killing people, meeting celebrities and making bad movies than it does with actual politics. While on guard duty in the government prison, Joe becomes friends with one of the inmates, Thorne (Donald Sutherland). Thorne is a former playwright who has been imprisoned for a play he wrote criticizing the government. More importantly he is the leader of a terrorist organization set on overthrowing the current government and claiming it as their own. After 13 years in prison, Junior’s advisors decide that it would be best if they release Thorne, as the people in the country love him and it would be the best thing for Junior with the re-elections coming up. This was obviously a bad idea when Thorne convinces Joe, who has now been promoted to Presidential Security, to let his terrorist group into the palace and kill Junior and his wife (Lara Flynn-Boyle). After taking over the government and declaring a revolution, Joe discovers that Thorne is just as corrupt and cynical as Junior was and he wants no part of it, which leads to him being thrown in a rehabilitation school for the remainder of the regime.
Land of the Blind is brought to us by Robert Edwards, first time screenwriter/director. He was nominated at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Prestigious Nicholl Competion for first time screenwriters and directors. This got him the attention of many different players in Hollywood, leading to the creation of this movie. The movie is very satirical in the way it portrays the government and its leaders and the story gets a little confusing towards the end. But in the featurette contained in the special features, the director tells us that he doesn’t like movies that are very straight forward, he wants the movie to make you think, and that’s what it does. By the end of the movie, without giving anything away, I wasn’t sure what exactly had and hadn’t really happened. Goal accomplished Mr. Edwards.
Video: How does it look?
The video is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks pretty good. I did notice the blacks fade out a bit in some scenes, but in others they are as black as can be. Some of the daylight scenes seem very washed out where as other daylight scenes seem perfectly lit. Overall not the greatest video quality I’ve seen, but it could be worse.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo 2.0. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very clear and sharp. The background noises and soundtrack never overpower the voices to the point of having to turn the volume way up. There were never any instances of having to the turn the volume up to hear the dialogue and then being deafened when the soundtrack and/or sound effects kicked in. Overall the audio was mixed very well, no complaints here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The only extra features found on this disc are a behind the scenes featurette and a few trailers. The behind the scenes featurette runs about 10 minutes long and starts off with the director telling the story about how he was nominated in the Nicholl Competition. After that its your typical behind the scenes, footage of the film crew shooting different scenes mixed in with the scenes from the movie. To round out the features is the theatrical trailer for this movie along with a few other trailers, nothing too exciting.