Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 23rd, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: France, May 15th, 2010 (Cannes Film Festival)
Directors: Olivier Babinet, Fred Kihn
Writers: Olivier Babinet, Fred Kihn
Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Pablo Nicomedes, Bakary Sangaré, Danuta Stenka, André Wilms, Nils Utsi, Wojciech Pszoniak, Ewelina Walendziak, Maria Bock, Timothée Régnier, Ulla Bogue
DVD released: May21st, 2013
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo French / Polish / English
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: An insomniac actor and his inept talent agent set out on a road trip to secure a role in the rumored next film of an iconic filmmaker.
Content wise, Robert Mitchum is Dead, is a bizarre and at times surreal road trip that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering WTF is going to happen next? The film is a melting pot of several well known genres: a little bit of Film Noir, a healthy does of melodrama, and an avalanche of subversive humor.
The humor is derived from the situations occurring with the main characters. The protagonist’s main ambition is to become famous and thus recognized by the public at large. Unfortunately he has a deranged agent who is hell bent on making his client famous and will do anything, even break the law to obtain this goal. The clashing of these two worlds are the anchor that not only drives this film’s narrative, but the backbone of this film’s aforementioned subversive humor. This brings us to the million dollar question, “How does one become a household name when they are doing everything they can to avoid attention?”. Watching this dilemma unfold is worth the price of admission and then some.
Performance wise, the entire cast is superb in their respective roles with the standout performance coming from Olivier Gourmet (Rosetta, La Promesse) in the role of deranged agent Arsène. Another performance of note is Pablo Nicomedes in the role of the marginal actor named Franky, who also happens to suffer from insomnia.
This film is wonderfully paced and it’s visuals are first rate. The most memorable moment involves a scene in which Franky, who is only fluent in French, mimics a scene in English from one of his favorite films. This scene draws heavily from the aforementioned Film Noir genre.
BrinkVision presents Robert Mitchum is Dead in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s intended aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer is in great shape, as colors look nicely saturated, flesh tones look healthy, black levels look very good and details look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix that contains the following languages French, Polish and English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sound balanced. Also included with this release are English subtitles for all of the dialog that is not in English.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 21 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in French / English with English subtitles), a music video (2 minutes 7 seconds -anamorphic widescreen) and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment (9 minutes 26 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in French / English with English subtitles). Overall Robert Mitchum is Dead gets a strong release from BrinkVision.