Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 6th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2012
Director: Jeremy Cloe
Writers: Lundon Boyd, Jeremy Cloe
Cast: Megli Micek, Lundon Boyd, Luke Jones, Melody Melendez, Charles Cantrell, G. Scott Thompson
DVD released: March 24th, 2015
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.95
Synopsis: A chance encounter bring together a nine year old foster child named Eve and a thirty something alcoholic named Dave whose refusal to grow up has gotten him into trouble with the law.
This film’s most durable assets are its two main characters Eve and Dave. And the performances from the two actors who portray these two characters are exceptional, especially Megli Micek in the role of Eve. Needless to say she gives a mesmerizing performance that is well beyond her years. Another reason why this film works as well as it does is the way in which roll reverses these two characters. Where most similar themed film’s the adult is often the voice of maturity. That is not the case here as the Eve character is assumes the adult persona, while the Dave character’s refusal to responsibility has him locked into a Peter Pan like persona.
The opening act is all about establishing who everyone is and what their motivations are? From there things start to take shape and when the main characters decide what their end game is that the film really hits its stride. As mentioned before this film’s most durable asset is its two main characters and in regards to the clear growth of these two characters, this is another area where this film excels. Other strengths of this film include its pacing which is never an issue as the narrative move along at a brisk place that allows just enough time for the last revelation to sink in. And not to be overlooked is this film’s unconventional narrative which adds an element of surprise to what is yet to come!
Hands down, this is without a doubt the oddest pairing for a road themed movie that I have seen to date. And though on the surface the two characters appear to be from two completely different worlds. They are actually mirror images of each other as both characters come from dysfunctional backgrounds and it is their dysfunctionality that ultimately solidifies their bond.
BrinkVision presents Liars, Fires and Bears in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. Details look crisp and there are no issues with compression or edged enhancement and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English. There are no issues with background noise or distortion and dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras include trailer for the film, a brief ‘behind the scenes’ segment titled ‘Designing Daniel’s House’ (2 minutes 44 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) a segment titled ‘Behind the Scenes Liars, Fires and Bears’ (6 minutes 14 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) with comments from cast & crew who discuss their involvement in this film. Other extras include a trailer for Shadow Zombie. Overall Liars, Fires and Bears gets a first rate release from BrinkVision.