"Down to earth Australian style interviews on set during filming (straight off the
low budget EPK [Electronic Press Kit] and it shows, but never mind, it works) are the only
extras – unless you count the trailer. Bryan Brown is getting something done by a
crewmember just off screen while he talks about his admiration for Gregor Jordan, noting
how cunning the young filmmaker is. "He tells you you’re the only person in the
whole world who can play the role. How can you say no to that? Then he tells you he
hasn’t got any money to pay you. Very cunning," he says with a smile.
Heath Ledger is low key and humble, likeable and clearly chuffed at working with Brown.
The interviews are short and light, but add a sense of involvement. I would have wished
for a debate about the exclusion of several short scenes featuring Jimmy’s dead
brother, The Man. In the original cut I saw, this gave the film an extra dimension,
lifting it even further out of the ordinary. The commercial decision was to ditch much of
this, as it was feared audiences wouldn’t understand it, or like it. I wonder. At
least we should have a look at it on the DVD.
Navigation is simple and it works, and the star of the DVD is the film itself.
Instantly engaging, as it was on the big screen, Two Hands rejoices in a fresh script
and a tone that Jordan worked sharply at in order to keep the film’s edginess
balanced with its heart. The result is a thriller with unusually rounded corners, and a
long shelf life."
Andrew L. Urban
Publication date: December 26, 2001
NOTE: RETAIL RELEASE OF TWO HANDS - JAN 22, 2003 WITH SPECIAL FEATURES. DISTRIBUTOR Magna Pacific