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BANK, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Clever Jim (David Wenham) grows up with a rare gift for mathematics and computers, a talent that leads him to a unique position at CentaBank, at the right hand of its ruthless CEO, Simon (Anthony LaPaglia). His specially designed software promises to forecast stockmarket trends so accurately that its owner can make a killing in a matter of hours, leaving millions to face financial ruin. While perfecting the programme Jim begins a romance with teller Michelle (Sybilla Budd) but begins to suspect she is a plant acting for the bank. Simon sees Jimís program as his chance at eternal corporate glory, and sweeps everyone along with him. But there are other factors at work that only Jim knows about. Meanwhile CentaBank is being sued by Wayne (Steve Rogers) and his wife (Mandy McElhinney), who have recently lost their son and their business after taking out a high risk foreign currency loan with the bank.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This award winning film comes with a real treasure of goodies on the DVD, starting with the directorís commentary. Robert Connellís audio is not flash, but itís complete - and meticulous. He refers to the influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey in various ways, noting the coincidence of shooting The Bank in 2001. But itís really important to see the film first Ė if you havenít already. There are some key elements that are revealed during the story which you should discover directly from the film. Performances are tops, and the filmís dramatic pull sustains throughout, until the pay-off ending.

Collected under the heading Production, the specially produced featurettes for the DVD are a light year ahead of most DVD extras, which are thrown together from EPKs and tv promo spots. With Robert Connelly as the central tour guide, speaking to camera and ensuring a real connection with us, the interviews in this section are fascinating and varied.

Take the sound design piece: weíre taken through the layers that are added to the sample scene (where the bank is being devoured by BTSE) by sound designer Sam Petty, sitting at his desk. Itís riveting stuff.

Likewise the music feature with Alan John. Again produced around a core interview, the insights are singular and unusually personal. And having the directorís voice in these features makes them more than usually powerful.

In the deleted scenes feature, we have the choice of directorís and editorís commentary, separately. In all, a stylish and intelligent collection of features that in a little more than an hour provide more value and interest than some DVD features manage in twice the time.

Technically splendid, the transfer is crisp and the sound Ė augmented by the award winning score Ė is powerful.

Published February 28, 2002



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BANK, THE (M)
(Aus)

CAST: David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Sibylla Budd, Greg Stone, Steve Rogers, Mitchell Butel, Mandy McElhinney

DIRECTOR: Robert Connolly

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes (feature only)

SPECIAL FEATURES: Directorís commentary; Deleted scenes Ė with commentaries by director and editor Nick Meyers; Production- production design with Luigi Pittorino; sound design feature with Sam Petty; music feature with composer Alan John; computer graphic feature with Sheldon Gardner; Promotion Ė interview with producer John Maynard; trailers and tvcs; The Bank Book; reviews; ABC Classic soundtrack promo; AFI And if Awards presentation footage; Cast & Crew Ė biographies; Short films by Robert Connolly Ė Rust Bucket, Mr Ikegamiís Flight

PRESENTATION: Widescreen presentation 16:9; Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: AV Channel

DVD RELEASE: February 14, 2002







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