Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 13th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2013
Director: Ramzi Abed
Writer: Ramzi Abed
Cast: Elissa Dowling, Icky the Cat, Eric Fleming, Kara Michelle Hyatt, Greg Chandler Maness, Tamarah Murley, Don Purnell, Julie Rose, Tirza Wohl, Tony T.L. Young
DVD Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: An aspiring actress named Rachel Plasky learns that she has just been hired as the lead for a television series on the same day that her boyfriend leaves her.
And though the plot for this film is as basic as they come. The execution of said plot is anything remotely routine. After an opening moment to introduce this film’s protagonist the film then shifts to her apartment the majority of the rest of the film.
There is a voyeuristic vibe to this films visuals as the camera always feels dangerously close to the protagonist. This stalking of the protagonist visual style is also in line with this film’s main message about society’s obsession with capturing every moment of ones lives. To drive how this film’s voyeuristic vibe the bulk of the film takes place in one continuous shot that lasts for around eighty minutes.
With that being said, though visuals do play a big part in the story at hand. This film is first and foremost a character driven piece that is anchored by a phenomenal performance from its leading lady Elissa Dowling in the role of Rachel Plasky. There is a rawness to her performance that makes her disappear utterly tangible. And her transformation from the opening moments on through the jaw dropping finale is an experience that will forever ingrain itself in your memory.
If ever there was a filmmaker that marched to the beat of a different drummer, that filmmaker would be Ramzi Abed (The Devil’s Muse, In a Spiral State). Not one to rest on his laurels with each film he manages to create something that is unlike anything that he has ever done before and could only have come from his imagination.
Cinema Epoch presents Telephone World in a letterboxed widescreen. This is a well authored disc that faithfully maintains the intended look of the film.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (48 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), a music video titled ‘Take me Out to Dinner’ (4 minutes 55 second – letterboxed widescreen) and a short film titled ‘The Tunnel’ (15 minutes 21 seconds – letterboxed widescreen). The cast for The Tunnel include Lloyd Kaufman, Mark Borchardt (Coven) and Masuimi Max (The Devil’s Muse) and this short was also directed by Ramzi Abed. There are two versions of this film, a 15 minute Cannes cut that premiered in May 2002 and a thirty five minute directors cut which has not been included with this release. The plot centers round a man who nearly drowns and the after effect of his near death experience. Overall Telephone World gets a first rate release from Cinema Epoch.