'The Perfect Host' [Blu ray]
(David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, et al / Blu ray / R / 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He's just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick's doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who's been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be.
Blu ray Verdict: I have to start this all off by saying that I always thought David Hyde Pierce was the go-to character in 'Frasier.' Much like Jon Cryer on 'Two and A Half Men,' it's they that run the show, not the main men.
Which is why I was so thrilled to see the trailer for this film - and then to get to review it and find it as great as I had hoped/imagined, well, life is certainly good to me this week!
The premise is that John Taylor (Crawford) has just robbed a bank and is looking for a place to take cover until the heat blows over. He stumbles onto the home of Warwick Wilson (Pierce), a man preparing for a dinner party in his lovely home.
After some trepidation, he lets John in after our bank robber (worryingly easily) convinces him that he's a friend of a friend. Push comes to shove and suddenly Warwick is up to speed and John now has the upper hand. But things aren't always what they seem and it just so happens that John walked right into Warwick's trap. The night only gets stranger and stranger for John as Warwick's insanity takes center stage.
In truth, 'The Perfect Host' may be a bit overwhelming to some. The way the film is constantly twisting and turning in directions you don't expect may come off as a little tiresome, but it is really fantastic if you're a fan of unpredictability. Things you've thought you've figured out unravel to reveal you only knew part of the story! [CS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making The Perfect Host with Writer/Director Nick Tomnay
HDNet: A Look at The Perfect Host