Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 9th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: Ireland, September 7th, 2007 (Sydney Underground Film Festival)
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Writer: Ivan Kavanagh
Cast: Patrick O’Donnell, Michael Parle, Emma Eliza Regan, Kreeta Taponen
DVD released: April 22nd, 2014
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: One evening a man life is completely turned upside down when he answers the door and lets a stranger inside of his home.
Though a film’s narrative is key ingredient to telling a story in the realm of cinema, every now and then comes along a film where the narrative is almost obscured by all the other ingredients that went into said film production. And this is exactly the case with a film like Tin Can Man which takes the bizarre to new heights. In fact as the film progresses the film’s narrative almost becomes an afterthought as this film’s protagonist’s downward spiral into a depraved world overrun by the insane defies words and should not surmised into an easy to digest synopsis.
Shot in black and white this film’s is filled with striking visuals that often verge on the grotesque. And though the aforementioned visuals are guaranteed to make an undeniable mark any perspective viewer that is sure to warp their psyche, this film’s ultimate power lays within the performances of its two leads Patrick O’Donnell in the role of Pete, the young man whose life is invaded by a strange visitor and Michael Parle in the role of Dave, the mysterious stranger with a sadistic streak. Both actors give utterly convincing performances that take the viewer beyond an atypical cinema viewing experience.
It is rare in this day and age of cinema to come across such an original work like Tin Can Man. And like all great puzzles where you try to put all the pieces together and figure out its mysteries, this film is an intricate work that requires ones fullest attention. Also this is a film that requires and gets better with subsequent viewings. In closing if you like your cinema easy to digest then you should look elsewhere for your cinema fix, where those with a more adventurous outlook on cinema prepare to be have your mind fucked and then some.
Brink Vision presents Tin Can Man in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The source used is in very good shape, there are no major issues with compression and edge enhancement is minimal. Also details generally look crisp, black and contrast levels fare well throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Background noise is minimal, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. And though range wise this mix tends to be limited, when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack things are well represented.
Extras include a trailer for the film (1 minute 15 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio) and a segment where audience members discuss their thoughts on the film (2 minute 50 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Overall Tin Can Man gets a good release from Brink Vision.