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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part I

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"Talk To Me"  (HD DVD Hybrid)

Talk to MeSynopsis

Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. in this funny, feel-good and inspiring true story. Ex-convict Greene talks his way into an on-air radio gig with program director Dewey Hughes, and his unprecedented "tell it like it is" style breaks all the rules while electrifying a city and bringing a nation together when it needs it the most. 

Specifications

    • Focus Features
      2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 59 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Kasi Lemmons
    • Starring Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Martin Sheen
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

I am a big fan of Don Cheadle, who I personally think is one of the most underrated actors out there right now, but I hadn't seen much about this film when it hit theaters. I had also never heard of Petey Greene, one of the early pioneers of "Talk Radio" in the morning. This is a very entertaining look at a revolutionary radio personality and his struggle to find his voice amongst the chaos of the civil rights struggle, Vietnam, and the DC riots after the death of the Martin Luther King Jr.. The first half of the film is very funny and moves along quickly but the third act is a bit on the slow side. But that didn't stop me from enjoying it overall. While I may not recommend a purchase, a rental is definitely justified.

Technical

The HD presentation is a bit of a mixed bag. Detail is good throughout, but doesn't really shine unless it is a tighter shot. Contrast is severely lacking, but I get the impression the director wanted it to look this way. This hurts depth and dimension in the darker moments of the film, but shadow detail is still preserved quite well. Colors are a bit washed out at times and there is obvious stylization going on to give it an aged look. While this may be a very accurate representation to the director's vision, some may be disappointed with the overall look at times.

The soundtrack is presented in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and is also a bit mixed. I love the music selections throughout the film and they were definitely the highlight for me. Dynamics are a bit lacking though. Later in the film there are some moments when bass levels seem a bit much and don't balance well with the rest of the soundtrack. ADR is hit or miss at times too. Ambience is good though and the surround soundstage is quite convincing.

Extras

Extras include interviews with the cast and crew about the true story and people they portrayed. There is also a production feature and deleted scenes.