REVIEW: SIDE BY SIDE
Since the invention of cinema in the late 1880s, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. However, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged over the past two decades, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Films such as Slumdog Millionaire and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones have been shot mostly on digital, and many more major filmmakers have embraced this new technology.
In SIDE BY SIDE, Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters such as James Cameron (Avatar), David Fincher (The Social Network), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive), Martin Scorsese (The Departed), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Steven Soderbergh (The Ocean’s Trilogy), George Lucas (Star Wars) and many more.
Directed by Chris Kenneally (Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating), SIDE BY SIDE releases on February 5 on Blu-ray and DVD from Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), and Tribeca Film. The film premiered in theaters in August 2012 to rave reviews.
SIDE BY SIDE features interviews with an array of cinematographers, editors, special-effect masters and visual artists as they provide insights on digital cinema and how it has revolutionized the film industry. Through the use of archival footage and video clips from classic award-winning films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Metropolis, the film examines the differences between 35mm film and digital video and dissects technical elements such as pixels and depth of field that have changed the overall quality of filmmaking.
“The documentary will investigate the history, process and work flow of both digital and photochemical film creation,” said Reeves. “We aim to show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions.”
Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English
Deleted scenes, presented by American
Additional interviews with the filmmakers