Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 5th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2005
Director: Robert Ethan Gunnerson
Writer: Robert Ethan Gunnerson
Cast: Peter Facinelli, Ken Howard, Anne Cusack, Mel Harris, Simone Moore, Garrett M. Brown, Alex Sol
DVD released: March 17th, 2009
Approximate running time: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
The plot for Arc centers around a former cop named Paris who was unable to live in the shadow of his father a police officer who died in the line of duty. To rebel against his father Paris left the law enforcement behind and turned to a life of crime as a drug dealer. Just like his father before him Paris becomes obsessed with a case (a boy who was abducted). Already a shell of his former self a heavily drug medicated Paris loses himself as he searches frantically for the missing boy. He slowly starts to uncover facts about whom and why the young boy was kidnapped. The closer he gets to the truth the more he realizes his own involvement and those who are close to him, involvement in the young boy’s abduction.
The evolution of Paris’s journey is well paced and the film’s conclusion is very satisfying. Also there are just enough twists and turns to keep things interesting without giving away the meat of the mystery. The film features stylish direction that perfectly captures Paris’s state of mind. Another one of this film’s strength’s is its wonderful cast of colorful characters who are appropriately just as dysfunctional as Paris. All of the performances in the film are very good, especially Peter Facinelli in the role of Paris. Even at his lowest most despicable moment it is easy to sympathize with Paris because of Peter Facinelli’s remarkable performance. Without a doubt the best part of Arc is watching Peter Facinelli immerse himself in his performance as Paris. Another performance of note is Simone Moore in the role of Maya Gibbs a prostitute who befriends Paris. Ultimately Arc is a powerful tale about obsession and redemption.
Well Go USA presents Arc in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The bulk of the film is in black and white and shadow detail and black levels remain strong throughout. This transfers one drawback is that is in interlaced and not flagged for progressive playback. The interlaced image fares well with no major issues with ghosting / blurring.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. All around the audio fares well and it is a more than adequate presentation that fully exploits the soundtracks nuances.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 33 seconds) and an extensive photo gallery. This is a slickly put together production and it is disappointing that more background / behind the scenes content was not included for this release. Overall Arc gets an average DVD release from Well Go USA.