Forgotten Silver

Story/The Film Itself: With Peter Jackson taking over the film making world, it was only a matter of time until they started to release his other films domestically. Forgotten Silver is a collaboration he did with Costa Botes for New Zealand television. It is a mockumentary about a film maker that the two made up and they told it in the tallest of tales. They basically debunked history and made Colin McKenzie the greatest film innovator in the history of the world. With guest spots by such experts as Leonard Maltin, Harvey Weinstein and Sam Neil, the duo weaved a tale that had a similar feel to War of the Worlds. It was blatantly overblown, but because of the way it was delivered, people were not second guessing what they were told. The piece clocks in at 55 minutes so it is a nice fast watch.
Special Features: What makes the DVD so precious is all the bonus material. Interviews with Jackson and Botes pointing out all the gems they installed into the film. There are deleted scenes that were cut for no other reason than time constraints. There is an audio commentary talking about shot locations and story ideas. All in all, it is equal to a regular film with vested time, but after absorbing all the information, you will realize how fun it was to invent a steam powered movie camera or film stock that was made from eggs. Another sign that Peter Jackson was a cinematic genius long before Hollywood knew his name. (Anchor Bay, 1699 Stutz Dr, Troy, MI 48084) – Myk.

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