Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 14th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2006
Director: Sage Stallone
Writers: Will Huston, Sage Stallone
Cast: Clu Gulager, Tom Gulager, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, Carol Lynley, Gregory Sierra, John Phillip Law, Peter Mark Richman, Robert F. Lyons, Richard Herd, Gary Frank, John Lazar
DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Approximate running time: 30 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Italian
DVD Release: Moonblood Pictures / Grindhouse Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: An aging actor in the twilight of his career gets one last chance to be in the spotlight if he can pass the audition.
If ever there was an instance where less was more, then that would be Vic. It is a short film that superbly realizes all of its ambitions in just one third of the running time that one would associate with a feature film.
Content wise this film cane best summed up as, the only thing worse than not making it Hollywood, is being forgotten by Hollywood when your star has lost its luster. At the heart of this film is a well defined protagonist who is flawlessly portrayed by Clu Gulager (The Return of the Living Dead). From the get go this is truly an amazing performance to watch as the character makes the transformation from their reclusive life back to the stardom that they once craved. With the film’s finale, Vic’s audition scene being the some of the most gut wrenching moments ever caught on celluloid.
From a production stand point there is not a single area where this film does not excel and then some. The film’s rock solid cinematography was shot by John Gulager (Feast) and he also co-edited this film with Bob Murawski (Spiderman). Another key collaborator on Vic includes composer Franco Micalizzi (Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Violent Naples) who’s score reinforces the heartbreak unfolding on the screen.
Besides the aforementioned Clu Gulager in this film’s title role. The rest of the cast is made up of a virtual who’s, who from 1960’s and 1970’s exploitation cinema like Carol Lynley (The Shuttered Room), John Phillip Law (Danger: Diabolik), Robert Kerman (Cannibal Holocaust) and John Lazar (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls).
As good as everything one is in this film one should not overlook the contributions of this film’s co-writer and first time director Sage Stallone. Unfortunately due to his untimely death in 2012, Vic would end up being his one and only film as a director. With that being said, the majority of filmmakers go their entire career and never achieve what Sage Stallone is able to bring to the silver screen with Vic.
Vic is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer looks superb. There are no issues with compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Also included with this release are four subtitle options, English SDH, Spanish, French and Italian.
Extras for this release in include cast & crew bios, a brief segment titled ‘Vic’s Montage’ and a fourteen minute interview with actor Clu Gulager who discusses why he took on the project, the importance of working with family and how this project bears many similarities to his own story as an actor. Overall Vic gets a solid release from Grindhouse Releasing.