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Mainstream - The Social Network Blu-ray

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The Social Network Blu-ray
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara
Directed by David Fincher
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2011

The Social Network won 3 Golden Globes, Best Director, Best Movie, Best Screenplay. That this reviewer thinks this is a banal and fairly boring movie is probably not going to influence anybody. This Blu-ray drama is about computer whiz Mark Zuckerberg and his creation of Facebook. It is hard to see how The Social Network has so many friends.

The movie is presented in a series of flashbacks created by Zuckerberg et al testifying in a lawyer's office as to what happened and who said and did what when why how. The lawsuit is that of the Winklevoss twins who while at Harvard talked to Zuckerberg about an idea they had for a social face page website and if Zuckerberg stole the idea or did something sensibly different.

The problem with that it is takes away the energy from The Social Network and energy is something the movie does not really have that much of. Aside from a few scenes where Zuckerberg is on a creative tear or Facebook is doing something special not much really happens.

Jesse Eisenberg is very good as Zuckerberg who comes across as a brilliant a-hole. He manages not to get upstaged by Justin Timberlake who plays the movie s most interesting character, Napster creator Sean Parker.

Zuckerberg is awe-struck by charismatic fast-talker Parker to the detriment of his friend, business partner, and financier Eduardo (who is party in another lawsuit).

The Social Network somehow fails to capture the period, the energy, and the meaning of what it is about.

The Social Network may very well be this decade s Chariots of Fire.

Special features on The Social Network Blu-ray 2-Disc Collectors Edition are Director s commentary Track and Writer and Actors commentary track on Disc 1. Disc 2: How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook? - Four-Part Feature-Length Documentary on the Making of the Film, from the Script to the Screenplay to Casting to Production
Featurette: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klyce on Post - Editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter and Sound Designer Ren Klyce Discuss Editing the Film and the Different Layers They Created Using Different Takes, Angles and Sound Effects
Featurette: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher on the Score - David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Discuss the Process of Creating the Score
Featurette: Jeff Cronenweth and David Fincher on the Visuals - David Fincher and DP Jeff Cornenweth Discuss Creating the Look for the Film  
Featurette: Swarmatron - Atticus Rose Explains the Swarmatron Sound Machine Used to Create Parts of the Score
Featurette: In the Hall of the Mountain King: Music Exploration - Multi-Angle Music Exploration which Allows Viewers to Watch the Same Scene Four Different Ways with Different Layers of Music
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