'Physical Evidence & The Anderson Tapes' Blu ray
(Burt Reynolds, Sean Connery, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2013 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: 'Physical Evidence' - Burt Reynolds ('The Longest Yard') stars as Joe Paris, a hard-drinking cop accused of murder. The only person who isn't entirely convinced that Joe is a murderer is a public defender played by Theresa Russell ('Wild Things'). 'The Anderson Tapes' - Oscar® winners Sean Connery (1987, Best Supporting Actor, 'The Untouchables') and Christopher Walken (1978, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 'The Deer Hunter') give first-rate performances in this suspenseful action flick directed by Sidney Lumet ('12 Angry Men').
Blu ray Verdict: I'm sorry, truly, but nothing about 'Physical Evidence' works on any level! Sure Ned Beatty turns in a decent performance as the prosecuting attorney, but nothing else about this movie makes any sense. The plot is convoluted and silly, the writing is poor, and Theresa Russell is beautiful but so unconvincing.
The role of the obviously framed cop could have been played by anyone, and Burt Reynolds phones in his performance from another planet. There is no suspense, no urgency. Reynolds doesn't seem to care that he is about to be convicted for a crime he didn't committed; for that matter, no one else does either.
Anyway, Director Michael Crichton pulls us along with his skill as best he can, creating multiple scenes of messy group anger, and yet managing to also give us (it has tobe said) a beautifully executed climactic chase. For my money though Beatty is the star and is also pleasing (to me personally) as the District Attorney, probably because he seems to be the only one who attempts the regional dialect!
'The Anderson Tapes' is a subtle and bleak look at the future of surveillance and Big Brother! Sean Connery does 10 years in the joint, gets out on the same day with Christopher Walken, finds his ex girlfriend who lives rent free in an exclusive Manhattan apartment building, takes care of bidness, then while walking around in Dyan Cannon's robe (minus most of his hair), decides to rob the building.
Great ensemble cast including Martin Balsam as a hilarious gay "decorator" who helps case the joint, and Garret Morris of Saturday Nite Live fame in an even more bizarre role as a police sergeant given the task of rappelling across the street with a makeshift SWAT team to rescue the building from Connery and his makeshift crew of crooks.
Outstanding story that is totally marred by the annoying soundtrack and the constant reminder that "you are being watched!" Stupid tones and chimes galore with shots of video cameras everywhere and FBI all over the place recording phone calls and sexual this and that between Connery and Dyan Cannon who looks terrific, just wish we'd seen more of her and that body! These are both Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) and enhanced for 16x9 TVs.