Answer Man, The

Featured In Issue 146, January/February 2010

WSR Score2.5
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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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In The Answer Man Arlen Faber (Daniels) is the reclusive author of Me And God, a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation and has been translated into over 100 languages. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his still widely popular book, Arlen is still sought after as the man who has all the answers. Arlen's life collides with Elizabeth (Graham), a single mom raising her seven-year-old son, and Kris (Pucci), a young man fresh out of rehab who is searching for meaning. Both Elizabeth and Kris are hopeful that Arlen has the answers, but the truth is, he hasn't got a clue. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director John Hindman, Producer Kevin Messick, and Actor Lauren Graham; character development (SD 10:14); the featurette From Concept To Creation (SD 09:57); an HDNet A Look At The Answer Man (HD 04:33); and up-front previews.

The 1080p VC-1 picture is nicely rendered, with a natural appearance throughout. Colors are vivid, with warm and rich hues with natural fleshtones. Contrast is good as well, with deep and solid blacks and shadows that are nicely visual. Images are, at times, effectively dimensional. Resolution, however, is generally soft except for close-ups, which are sharp and revealing of facial features and object textures. Overall, this is a pleasant viewing experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional but with a stunning surround music presence that presents a holosonic® presence when engaged. Dialogue is the focus and is the product of production sound and ADR. The sound is intelligible and generally spatially integrated. Atmospheric sound effects are presented at low levels and are sparsely engaging during the interior scenes. However, the surrounds are not a major element in the soundtrack, with the exception of the music. The music is nicely recorded with a solid low-frequency foundation and a wide and deep soundstage. Overall, while not a particulaly engaging soundtrack, the sound is pleasant and works well for the genre. (Gary Reber)