Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 28th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1972
Director: Krishna Shah
Writer: Krishna Shah
Cast: Joan Hackett, Robert Klein, Scott Jacoby, Jeanne Tanzy, Glen Hayes, Phoebe Dorin, James Karen
DVD released: November 9th, 2010
Approximate running time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A young boy becomes jealous of his mothers’ lover.
Rivals is a challenging melodrama that digs deep into subject matter. The plot revolves around a widow who’s son Jamie has become overly attached to his mother. Whenever a new man enters her life. He feels threatened and does everything he can to draw his mother attentions back towards him. As the story progresses the mother begins a secretive relationship that eventually evolves into a marriage. Instead of being happy for his mother. The son, who also happens to be into filmmaking follow around his mother and step father around. Filming their every move. Throughout the film there are flashback sequences that put forth the notion that the son’s upbringing is the cause for his demeanor.
The main subplot in this film involves a psychiatrist character, who the mother and son have been seeing since they death of his father. And while the film does have some light hearted moments. Most of which involve scenes with the step father. The tenor of this film is deeply rooted in psychology. The film’s stand out performance comes from Scott Jacoby (Bad Ronald) in the role of Jamie. He is convincing as a tortured young, who is unable to let anyone else besides his mother connect with him on a emotional level. Pacing wise the film does take a while before it finds its groove. And even though there are many peaks and valleys along the way. The film’s bleak ending is a haunting coda to the events that have preceded it.
Code Red presents Rivals in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Color reproduction looks pretty good, flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression and print debris is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Besides a few minor instances of background noise. The audio sounds clear and consistent throughout.
This release comes with no menu. Before the main feature there is a trailer for Family Honor. After the film are these trailers Rivals, Alice Goodbody (Gosh! or How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Acting), The Black Klansman and The Carrier. Overall Rivals gets a good audio / video presentation from Code Red.