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'Black Limousine'
(David Arquette, Bijou Phillips, Vivica A. Fox, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: David Arquette delivers a stunning, dramatic performance as Jack MacKenzie, a divorced father, recovering alcoholic and former hotshot Hollywood composer now working as a limousine driver. Still trying to cope with the tragic accident that cost him his marriage and career, Jack lives in a world of creative frustration, economic desperation and deep emotional pain. But that is all about to change!

DVD Verdict: OK, while this is technically a movie, it is much more. Allow me to explain. The one hour and 40 minutes of cinematic flow are sprinkled with segments of panoramas of amazing visual effects combined with haunting background - and sometimes foreground - music; and gently pulled along by powerful acting from start to finish.

Basically, the limo our hero (Jack) is driving was the scene of a brutal murder where a limo driver cut the throat of his wife. Hitch (David Jean Thomas) who reminds me of a creepy Morgan Freeman, shows Jack the photos. He also collects items left behind in limos. Jack is also attempting a comeback. He was issues with his landlady (Lin Shaye) who wants a part in a film.

While at an AA meeting, Jack meets the noir femme fatale Erica Long (Bijou Phillips). She is a model, singer, and actress attempting to pay her bills. Ironically she appears on vodka ads. Jack is inspired by her and quickly falls in love. They hit it off and seem to become soul mates, but alas Erica is not clearly a girl Jack should love.

And so it is within all this much, so much more of an experience than a simply a visual movie experience. Indeed, it is not for everyone. It is meant for those who really enjoy off-beat cinema. However, it is unfortunate that more people don't enjoy an experience like this. It is even more unfortunate that, as so often happens with movies that have amazing soundtracks, the music is created by relative unknowns who have no CDs on the market. (Sadly, also, there is not even a CD soundtrack to the movie available).

In summary, if you want to hear any of this amazing music again, you have to watch the movie again. But that's not such a bad thing, because the visuals come to life again! This is a Widescreen Presentation 1.85:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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