Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 2nd, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: Hungary, 2004
Director: Áron Gauder
Writer: Máriusz Bari, Viktor Nagy, Erik Novák, László Jakab Orsós
Cast: L.L. Junior, László Szacsvay, Gyözö Szabó, Csaba Pindroch, Gábor Csöre, Dorka Gryllus, Zoltán Rajkai, Andrea Fullajtár, Andrea Roatis, Károly Gesztesi
DVD released: January 15th, 2008
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Hungarian
DVD Release: Atopia
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: Two young lovers Richie and Julia are unable to be together due to a long standing feud between their families. Ritchie with the help of his friends make a time machine and go back into time to leave beneath the city streets mammoths that can later be turned to oil. If all goes as planned Ritchie with his new found fortune can finally end the family feud and be with the woman he loves Julia.
What do you get when you combine the satirical humor of South Park and The Family Guy with two star crossed lovers whose own tale is oddly reminiscent of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of love and loss Romeo & Juliet. Also thrown are some politicians like Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and George Bush. To top thing off add to the plot The Pope and Osama Bin Laden. When you throw all of this into the mix you get a edgy and often cleaver satire from Hungary known is English as “The District”.
The story is not your typical love story and many of the plots strongest assets are based around current events. Right now there is a huge demand for oil everywhere in world and this story exploits via comedy this natural resource and the world’s dependency on it. One thing that I really enjoyed about “The District” was its overactive imagination and how anything is possible attitude to furthering the plot. If you can get past teenagers traveling through time to make mammoths in which they will drill for oil in the future or Russian spies that are dressed like prostitutes to hide their identities then you are on your way for an evening of nonstop laughter and mayhem.
For “The District” a brand new animation technique was used where the actors head are shot ahead of time doing various facial expressions and then their headshots are later merged with their bodies which are draw. This technique is odd at first and as the film progresses it isn’t as noticeable now that it has become common place. The films score is filled with Hip Hop done Hungarian style. The lyrics are off the hook as these MC’s spit like no MC you have ever heard before can spit. Ultimately ‘The District” is a mind blowing satire which defies all the rules of political correctness.
The District is presented in an anamorphic widescreen. The transfer looks clean, colorful and detailed.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Hungarian and English Subtitles have been provided. The audio sounds clear, evenly balanced and it is free of any audio defects.
Extras for this release include a trailer for “The District” and other Atopia titles current on or soon to be released on DVD, a making of documentary (31 Minutes) and excerpts from the T.V. Series (4 minutes). The District gets a solid DVD release from Atopia films which presents the film with a first rate audio/video presentation. To top things off a handful of entertaining and interesting extras have been included, highly recommended.