Waiting... DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

One of those movies that begs to be watched again and again.
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
One of those movies that begs to be watched again and again.
THE BAD
Nothing.
THE FEATURE
Waiting is one of those movies that you can't help but like. When you see a bunch of younger actors who have been in bigger films suddenly show up in a teeny, tiny indy, my first thought as that these folks are slumming in the hopes of bolstering some perceived "cred." Well, the joke was on me because this film is one of the most original and down to earth movies I have ever seen. Yes, there are moments of people talking about life and the directions they're heading in, but this movie never strays from being what it is. A good, solid, talky picture that pushes the boundaries of what is and isn't acceptable on screen. The fact that this movie happens to take place in a restaurant, only ups the ante of what director Rob McKittrick feels he can pull off.

Filled with the kind of jokes that people will sit around talking about years from now, Waiting is the kind of movie that will be hailed as a classic and triumph of the independent film world.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Alternate Takes

This isn't your normal DVD. It is filled with scenes that were either cut from the movie, or shows different takes on the actual scenes that actually made it into the movie. With titles like "Maybe We're All Gay" and a lot references to both male and female genitalia, I will say that these scenes aren't for the faint of heart. However, everything about these scenes is well done and well put together and this all plays into the DVD experience that is Waiting.

"The Works" and "That Little Extra" Doc*mentary

I listed these together essentially because "The Works" is a very elongated "making of" segment that is broken down into a bunch of little parts. "That Little Extra" Doc*mentary is a truncated version of what you might get screening "The Works." While I found both of them to be interesting and layered with different things, if you are only going to watch one of these than make it "The Works." It is just so much richer in it's information and content value than "That Little Extra" Doc*mentary.

Sending it Back: The Real Dish on Waiting Tables

Three servers sit around a table eating and discussing some of the true life horror stories of waiting tables. Having worked a little bit in the food service industry, I truly feel for all these people that do this job. Sure, not all the customers are bad, but this is the type of vocation that really adheres to the theory of one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch. Watch this bonus feature to A) know how you should treat your server and B) laugh at the stories being told.

Side Orders

This is a really cool way to highlight the member's of the cast who may not be as well known as people like Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. People like Dane Cook, Justin Long and others get to give commentary tracks over their main scenes in the movie. The thing is, they are visually superimposed over the tracks as they talk. Then after they are done talking we get to see their audition for the role we have just seen them play and talk about. An interesting little addition to what is an already packed DVD.

Telestrator Commentary

This features Rob McKittrick and Jeff Balis having more control over a commentary track than any director or producer should. Okay, this disc is already filled with everything you could want to know about Waiting. This commentary track allows McKittrick and Balis to pause the movie, make actual notes on the screen and give us probably the most informative audio track that has ever been done for a movie in the history of DVD.
THE VIDEO
16x9 Widescreen - 1.78:1 DVD Screen Format. At first I thought this movie might have been shot on digital video, simply because of how the action and camera moves were playing themselves out on screen. However, I soon became very comfortable in the world of ShenaniganZ. Sure this film looks really good but I have to commend Matthew Irving, the Director of Photography, on his choice of style. This film flows very easily all the way through. There were never any moments where I felt things got stale and again I think it's Irving's style, mixed with McKittrick's preparation, that had a large hand in giving the movie this feel.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital. This movie being a dialogue film and also playing like a very edgy sitcom, I would expect the sound to be as good as it is. Afterall, there aren't too many FX in this movie, and the FX or stunts that are employed really aren't the kind of things that are going to bust the budget. This might be a film for the Generation X, Y or Whatever set, yet it doesn't beat you over the head with those ideas, nor does it assault you with an obnoxious soundtrack.
THE PACKAGE
Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and a bunch of the other cast members grace this front cover, in which Reynolds holds up a piece of raw steak that has been stepped on. The back features another shot of Faris and Reynolds (still holding the plate of walked on steak), a description of the movie, a long "Special Features" listing, a cast list and some technical specs. All around this cover is a nice mix of yellow and orange giving it an almost McDonald's-like feel. Both discs for this DVD are neatly housed inside this dual tray amaray case, that has an identical looking cardboard cover over it.
THE FINAL WORD
Every actor is great in this movie. Having done an interview with Rob McKittrick, I know that getting this movie made was a long 7 year process. However, even though this is what some might call a small film, everything about this film's gestation period seems to have played in McKittrick's favor. In fact, that is what gives this movie the real sense of immediacy that it has in my opinion. It's as if the underlying material behind the actors and everyone else involved has been bursting to get out. Yet, now that it has gotten out McKittrick has worked it through enough to know exactly how he wanted everything to play.

Simply put, Waiting is a very good movie.

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