Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
The Believer DVD (2001)

Henry Bean's powerful first film is a rarity in the profound nature of the questions it can leave the audience asking. This DVD release of the movie may contain some of the answers that you were left seeking from its limited cinematic run.


Picture The grainy nature of the picture quality is not down to the DVD transfer, but rather the type of film stock used. Low ASA stock doesn't need complex lighting set-ups, which therefore makes it a favourite of low budget movies with little time to squander. The effect is stark and granular, particularly in well-lit shots.

Sound A 2.0 stereo mix accompanies the film, and works well in Dolby Pro-Logic mode, with the music score effectively commanding the front speakers to heighten an already tense movie.


Anatomy of a Scene Produced by the Sundance Channel, this 30-minute documentary is exactly the type of extra feature that complements the film and which defines a good DVD release. The cast and crew offer a serious analysis of Ryan Gosling's central character and his conflicted inner life. The life and actions of the real person who inspired the film is explored and theories offered as to his motivation. There's a fair bit of behind-the-scenes footage available, as well as Gosling's screen test where he was initially categorised as being "completely wrong for the film".

Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is the original theatrical trailer.

Region: 2
Chapters: 15
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo)
Technical Features: Scene selection, animated menus, and English subtitles.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Henry Bean

Writer: Henry Bean

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Billy Zane, Theresa Russell, Summer Phoenix, Glenn Fitzgerald, Garret Dillahunt, Kris Eivers

Genre: Drama

Length: 98 minutes

Cinema: 07 December 2001

DVD: 03 June 2002

Country: USA