Plot: What’s it about?
Seamless is not traditional in the sense of story, so a synopsis would be hard to drum up. I’m sure I could slap one together, but since that wouldn’t do the flick justice, I’ll talk about the film’s basic premise and visuals. This is a tale that takes place with the bright, bold world of fashion, raves, and entertainment. No one is who they seem to be and the truth is a distant element, but these people keep pushing ahead toward an unknown end. The issue of consequences never seems to matter, until it is too late, that is. This film sparkles with rich colors and gorgeous visuals, such as shimmering costumes and lush backdrops. The scenes might not be beautiful in the typical sense, but I really like the vibrant colors and harsh use of contrast. Since this is a picture about glamour, glitz, and all that glitters, this visual approach suits the material to sheer perfection.
I had read very little about Seamless before this disc arrived, but I was drawn in by the colorful cover and presence of Shannon Elizabeth. I’ve seen more than a few rave based flicks in the recent past, so I was unsure if another one could impress me. Since I had just seen a handful of them, I didn’t expect much new here, but I was surprised in the end. Some of the same issues and such were presented here, but Seamless also has some unique elements, which make it much more fun to watch, since it doesn’t seem as recycled. As I said, some elements do seem reused here and those drag down the film, but no too much and in the end, the good outweighs the bad. As usual, Shannon Elizabeth looks good and while the supporting cast is inexperienced, they seem to be in decent enough form here. This is not a modern classic by any means though, so don’t come in with high expectations, even though the film does manage to entertain. So if you’re interested, then I recommend a rental and make sure to give the commentary track a spin.
The main name found within this cast is Shannon “Be Gentle” Elizabeth, who gives her usual flawed, but energetic performance. While she does lack a lot in terms of traditional skills, she makes up for to an extent with her choice in roles, as she keeps away from the deeper parts. She also has little experience in feature films, which leads me to think she could improve over time, though I think she will remain at this current level. She might not be the finest performer in the business, but she looks good and has some charisma, so I see no reason why she can’t succeed in cinema. Other films with Shannon Elizabeth include American Pie, Dish Dogs, Jack Frost, and Scary Movie. The rest of the cast here includes Peter Alexander (Nowhere), Kentaro Seagal, Broc Benedict (Dreamers, One Small Hero), Whitney Danielle Porter (The Killer Bee Nightmare), Sonnie McNeillie, and Melinda Scherwinski (pURe kILLjoy).
Video: How does it look?
Seamless is presented in a full frame transfer, which is the film’s intended aspect ratio. This image looks good for a direct to video release, but the score is lowered due to excessive edge enhancement. That doesn’t mean the transfer is bad, as this is the case with a lot of full frame transfers, but it can be distracting at times. The colors look vivid though, with natural flesh tones and no issues with bleeds or such. The black levels also show up in fine form, which means detail is strong and shadows are well defined. I wish this transfer was refined a little, but this is still a more than decent presentation.
Audio: How does it sound?
This disc uses a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and with a pulse driven soundtrack, you know it is put to good use here. So, the soundtrack is the most active element and it comes off well, in very full form and with no real problems. The music vents through all speakers and immerses the viewer, which is vital to the essence of the picture. The sound effects aren’t as potent, but they sound good and the dialogue is crisp and always consistent as well. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround track, in case that option better suits your needs.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some talent files, the film’s trailer, and an audio commentary track with director Debrah Lemattre and cinematographer Denise Brassard. I found the commentary was excellent, filled with insight on topics such as working with the actors, limits of low budget filmmaking, and of course, their thoughts on this film and the messages within it. If you liked the flick, you won’t want to miss this track, trust me on that one.