Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 18th, 2006
Release Date: USA, 1999
Director: Eric Stanze
Cast: Tommy Biondo, Emily Haack
DVD released: October 25th, 2005
Approximate running time: 95 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Image Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Leonard (Tommy Biondo) has been keeping a documentation of his killings in a scrapbook in which he has his various victims tell their story from the moment they are capture until there final breathe. Clara (Emily Haack) is Leonard’s latest victim and if all goes well she will be his final chapter in his scrapbook. Clara soon discovers that if she doesn’t want to end up like all the other victims that she must reach out to Leonard via her writings in his scrapbook.
There have been countless stories about serial killers through the years and even though Scrapbook treads familiar territory it does break some new ground cinematically with its realistic approach to the material. Actor Tommy Biondo who not only stars as Leonard he also wrote the films screenplay. He worked on the screenplay and character for nearly five years before filming began and his performance is one of the most chilling to electrify the screen in many years. Emily Haack his latest foe plays Clara and there is honesty about her approach to the role that perfectly complements Biondo’s performance. The two actors are what drive this film and in every scene they literally feed off each others performances.
Director Eric Stanze shows a lot of improvement in the films as his choice for angel and compositions feel natural and never over stylized. The editing and pacing of the film is also pitch perfect. The locations are claustrophobic and almost look to realistic at times as if we were watching someone’s home movies. The Clara character is put through some of the lowest forms of depravity and in the end Leonard is unable to break her will as she in return then turns the table on her captor.
Overall Scrapbook is what true horror is all about as it gets under your skin and stays with you long after the films final moments.
Scrapbook is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio and for a shot on video feature it looks pretty damn good. The colors look nicely saturated with no bleeding and the image looks sharp and detailed through out.
This release comes with only one audio option the films original English language soundtrack which is presented here in a Dolby Digital stereo. The soundtrack is free of any obtrusive noise and dialog, music and effects sound evenly balanced.
Extras for this release include trailers for Scrapbook, Ice from the Sun and Deadwood Park. Also included is a segment titled “Shower Cam” which includes the various footage that was shot for the shower scene that was used in the final cut and a deleted scene which is essentially an extension of Clara’s first escape attempt. Other extras include a twenty seven minute making of featurette which includes comments form all the films major cast and cast except for Tommy Biondo who tragically died before seeing the films final edit. This is a slickly made featurette that is filled with many interesting sorties about the origins of the project and to what great lengths Biondo went to get into the skin of his character. Rounding out the extras is a feature length audio commentary with Eric Stanze, Jeremy Wallace and Emily Haack. This audio commentary makes an excellent companion piece with the featurette that is included with this release.
Scrapbook is one of the most disturbing journeys into the mind of serial killer ever filmed and Image Entertainment gives it the special edition it always deserved, recommended.
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