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CRAVE

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 113 minutes, audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, storyboard and product gallery, director’s video journals, Fantasia interviews, One Nation Under God mini-play, trailers, DVD

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

 AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: none (only English close captioning)

 

STUDIO: Phase 4 Films/ Iron Helmet/ Another Green World

Blu-ray RELEASE DATE (Best Buy):  3-11-2014

DVD RELEASE DATE (US):  3-25-2014

A freelance media crime scene photographer (Josh Lawson) is drowning in the decay of what he sees in Detroit that reality starts to blur for him.   His only friend is a police detective (Ron Perlman).  His life seems to turn around when he starts a hot relationship with Virginia (the beautiful Emma Lung) who is 13 years younger than him, but he takes a gun left at a crime scene which may have consequences for him.   Can he escape his fntasies and have a future with the girl of his dreams or will the decay inside him lead to his destruction?

 

CRAVE is a visually fascinating film with a great cast.   I think the cover and tag line are misleading because CRAVE is about the chaos of one’s soul and the things he sees at crime scenes has a detrimental impact on his reality.   The production design and cinematography are great and I wonder what Charles de Lauzirika would do with a sci-fi movie (since he also hangs out with Ridley Scott for the last several years making extras for every Scott Free movie).  If you are looking for a traditional narrative and a good guy vs. bad guy structure, you might want to look elsewhere.   However if you’re up for something different, CRAVE might be something for you.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary by Charles De Lauzirika and actor Josh Lawson

 

DIRECTOR’S VIDEO JOURNAL: CRAVE (over fifty minutes)- director Charles de Lauzirikia takes the viewers through the process of making CRAVE from pre-production to production to final thoughts on the process in 12 video journals which reveal they picked Detroit as the best place to show the decay of the main character’s mind (and it being cheaper than New York or Los Angeles) to the various locations they used (and the production value they got out of those areas) to the hooker being played by the director’s cousin to the subway scenes being shot in Chicago (who were more production friendly to let them shoot in them than Detroit was).

 

Seven deleted and extended scenes show extra character moments and some extra characters who saw the cut for pacing reasons, but I wouldn’t mind some of those extended scenes seeing life again in a new cut of CRAVE.

 

THE ART OF CRAVE shows storyboards from two scenes before Charles de Lauzrikia decided to approach the movie through more of a documentary approach instead and the designs for various fictional products created by Charles on his laptop (when he wasn’t happy with the initial designs).

CRAVE AT FANTASIA has interviews with Charles de Lauzirikia and Josh Lawson, and the production designer of CRAVE (who has the most interesting of the two interviews as you learn he was the production designer of BLADE RUNNER and Charlie met him first while interviewing him for the BLADE RUNNER extras for the BLADE RUNNER 25th anniversary blu-ray/ DVD set in addition to learning a little about the production design of CRAVE).

 

Also the complete mini stage play for ONE NATION UNDER GOD and two trailers (the festival and theatrical/ VOD) are also included on the blu-ray.   This set is a combo pack that also has CRAVE (in standard definition) on DVD with some of the extras from the blu-ray.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: CRAVE is a promising debut for Charles de Lauzirika.  I would like to see what he does with future movies beyond the great job he does with his fab making-of documentaries for other movies like ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, and the last two TRANSFORMERS films.  The video journals offer a great insight into the challenges of making CRAVE.

 

This review is 3-17-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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