DVD Review HTF REVIEW: The Velocity Of Gary

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  1. Michael Osadciw

    Michael Osadciw Screenwriter

    Jun 24, 2003
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    Michael Osadciw


    Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
    Film Year: 1998

    U.S. Rating: R
    Canadian Rating: 18A
    Rated for: Strong Sexual Content, Language, some drug use and Violent Images

    Film Length: 101 minutes
    Genre: Drama

    Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (anamorphic)
    Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles: English, Spanish
    Closed Captioned: Yes
    SLP: US$24.96

    Release Date: April 06, 2004

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    Starring: Vincent D’Onofrio (Valentino), Salma Hayek (Mary), Thomas Jane (Gary), Ethan Hawk (Nat)

    In the underground culture of New York City, Gary is a hunky street hustler trying to stay alive on the streets. His life gets better for him when he meets the sexy and charismatic Valentino, a bisexual adult film star. Since their attraction to each other is instant and powerful, Valentino gets him a job at a gay phone sex hotline. All would be fine but there is one problem for Gary – Mary Carmen, a free-spirited waitress at a donut shop and who is also Valentino’s girlfriend. Valentino is the love of her life. She doesn’t like Valentino’s affection for Gary, thus Gary and Mary Carmen grow to despise one another as they battle for Valentino’s affection.

    After Valentino becomes increasingly ill he is hospitalized and diagnosed with AIDS. Gary and Mary must put aside their differences and become strong for the man they love. They realize Valentino’s time with them is limited and try to live each day the best they can as they move in with each other. Mary Carmen also finds out she is pregnant with Valentino’s child. As one life ends, another begins, bringing hope for the future.

    Directed by Dan Ireland (Passionada) from a screenplay written by James Still, The Velocity of Gary made its acclaimed debut at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival. The film is very well paced and features great performances from the threesome cast. The visuals and the camera work can be very interesting, not to mention the excellent sound design that can pull you right into the party that always seems to be present around the gay life. The stress involved in a threesome must be high as jealousy is always depicted in every film on it. These feelings are portrayed quite nicely here that sometimes push the characters over the edge. Since Valentino is the centerpiece of the two, I would’ve liked to see his character developed much more than it was. I felt Valentino wasn’t given enough screen time to let us know why he was such an attraction aside from his erotic looks. It was hinted at, but the movie just kinda skipped over the rest. But his attractiveness is hauntingly displayed to the audience in an almost ghost-like appearance, especially at his very end.

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    This 2.39:1 anamorphic widescreen is pleasing in almost every respect of contrast and colour fidelity. Fleshtones look accurate and smooth, colours can be vibrant on the New York streets, and shadow detail is excellent. Interior scenes are at just the right lighting never looking too dark or murky. Picture detail is also very good. There is just a little bit of compression artifacts and edge enhancement around some objects, but neither with distract you from this good looking film.

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    This is an excellent soundtrack encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1. The music score it wide open and well recorded to set the mood and pace of the film. Sound effects match each environment on screen for the ultimate realism. The surround speakers have a lot of presence to make those environments real – and at one instance, frightening enough to knock you out of your seat. Bass impact is powerful during flashback sequences and is heightened by the abundant of surround information with voices that almost gets inside your head. This is a stand out soundtrack for this drama. While not an absolute reference, it is worth a high score for creative design.

  2. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

    Jan 6, 1999
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    Thanks for the great review of the DVD and film, Michael!

    I bought this title on VHS a long long time ago when Thomas Jane made a splash in Deep Blue Sea (a guilty pleasure of mine).

    He's also about to hit the screen as "The Punisher."

    The Velocity of Gary is not going to have limited appeal and I suspect it worked better as a stage play. Still, with Columbia doing such a good job on the DVD's audio and video (based on your review), I'll gladly pick this one up!



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