David Gordon Green's first feature, "George Washington", has been winning rave reviews for his look at working class kids in America. Whether you're already a fan of the film, or would like an introduction, the DVD release is the perfect way to appreciate this movie.
Picture As Green discusses in the commentary on the DVD, he was keen that despite the low budget, the movie should not look cheap. The quality of the cinematography is anything but, and its luminous qualities radiate courtesy of a good transfer.
Sound The 2.0 surround mix seeps atmosphere into the speakers with faint rustles, breaths of wind, and the sounds that make-up the environment this film explores, to excellent effect.
Audio Commentary Green's commentary is easygoing as he sets out the goals he was trying to achieve with the film and how he went about satisfying them. Pleasantly free of pretension, he discusses with honesty the difficulties and pleasures of working with the largely amateur cast.
Campaign Trail This 18-minute video follows Green as his film is shown at the Berlin Film Festival.
Short Films Two of Green's short films, "Physical Pinball", and "Pleasant Grove" are included on the DVD. The latter formed the testing ground for "George Washington", and Green provides a commentary. His inspiration for the piece came from the mini-documentaries on Sesame Street where kids relate, say, a trip to a factory, rather than there being an adult voiceover. The idea of making a film of social comment through the eyes of children appealed to him and "Pleasant Grove" was the initial seed of his work.
Additional Extra Features Deleted scene with commentary, trailer, David Gordon Green biography and photo.
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (surround)
Technical Features: Scene selection and English subtitles.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.