Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Moonlight Mile DVD (2003)

Director Brad Silberling has crafted, through personal experience, a drama we thought was "an honestly intimate and genuinely funny account of bereavement". And it's his true emotions that help you get through the drippy part of an otherwise enjoyable DVD release.

Barfamundo

Childish word? Yes. The correct way to describe the Moonlight Mile: A Journey To Screen documentary? Again, yes. Due to the stellar thespian cast, the approach here is to pour self-congratulatory syrup down your throat until it's choked into you that this is seriously wonderful filmmaking. Cast and crew talk about dreaming of working together and what geniuses they are, while relentlessly positive review quotes are read out. Thankfully Silberling provides the odd sincere comment to keep you from fainting in awe at how dedicated these people are to outdoing each other with compliments.

Hoffman's Pensioners

Skip the yucky documentary and head instead for the two audio commentaries. The first is an informative solo effort by Silberling, where he talks us through the last four years of his life. More entertaining, though, is Silberling with Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal, who all end up having a highly amusing natter. Hoffman is a funny guy, gets interesting information out of the other two, and warns Gyllenhaal that all the fans he saw hanging around the set will be the same ones he'll see decades later, just as he retains the same fans from his Graduate days.

The deleted scenes are well worth a look after you've watched the film, and are a good way to conclude a fine DVD - bar that little sticky patch.

EXTRA FEATURES

  • Audio commentary with Brad Silberling
  • Audio commentary with Brad Silberling, Dustin Hoffman, and Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Moonlight Mile: A Journey To Screen
  • Deleted scenes (ten) with optional commentary
  • This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.

    Technical Information

    REGION SOUND MENUS RATIO
    2 Dolby Digital 5.1 Animated, with music 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
    CHAPTERS SUBTITLES AUDIO TRACKS
    18 English English
    CAPTIONS EXTRAS SUBTITLES CERTIFICATE
    English None of the special features come with subtitles 15

    End Credits

    Director: Brad Silberling

    Writer: Brad Silberling

    Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Ellen Pompeo, Allan Corduner

    Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

    Length: 116 minutes

    Cinema: 21 February 2003

    DVD: 15 December 2003

    Country: USA