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One Hour Photo [DVD] [2002]

Connie Nielsen|Robin Williams , Mark Romanek    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Connie Nielsen|Robin Williams
  • Directors: Mark Romanek
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LA87
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One Hour Photo marks Robin Williams' third film running as the bad guy, following on from Insomnia and the straight-to-video (in the UK) Death to Smoochy. It's also his most chilling role to date. Playing "photo guy" Sy Parrish, obsessed by the seemingly perfect family who are his most regular customers, he paints a desperate image of a lonely, fanatical man whose only comfort lies in imagining himself a part of the lives of the wealthy, happy Yorkins family (headed by Connie Nielsen). Devastated by being fired from his job at the processing lab, and making a shocking discovery on his exit, he descends into psychosis.

Director and screenwriter Mark Romanek, previously best known for his Nine Inch Nails and Madonna music videos, has made a stylish, distinctive entry into the world of mainstream movies; the film combines an ever-intensifying sense of menace with some unconventional shocks that never descend into clichés. Refreshingly, the film is presented from Parrish's point of view rather than the Yorkins', and it's a real (if disquieting) treat to see Williams ditch his usual bumbling buffoon character and get another meaty role to sink his teeth into. Eschewing the formulas and devices of the standard thriller with bleak effectiveness, One Hour Photo is a far more intelligent proposition than most of its peers--though it may be a disappointment to those expecting visceral thrills.

On the DVD: One Hour Photo's beautifully austere photography and skilful use of colour translates excellently to the DVD's anamorphic widescreen format. The stylish menu screens have a photo-processing theme with stills and film footage; the extras comprise an informative and often amusing commentary from Romanek and Williams, a 25-minute Sundance Channel "Anatomy of a Scene" feature, a 12-minute Cinemax featurette, and an in-depth and entertaining half-hour interview with director and star from New York's acclaimed Charlie Rose show. The film is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and both movie and commentary are subtitled in English only. --Rikki Price

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DVD 20th Century Fox, Region 2, 2002 96 mins

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparably unique 5 Jun 2006
By Anri
This film is a little different. Different because of its stunning cinematography, acting, intriguing moments and jaw dropping brilliance. Robin Williams plays Sy Parrish, a lonely bachelor who yearns to be loved. He works at a one hour photo booth at SavMart. That's all you need to be aware of, the rest develops fluently and is more satisfying to watch when in a slightly questionable mood. The clinical and insipid area where he works drowns him, his only joy is the photos. This film has such subtle pieces on display, the use of light, how You are looking in on Him looking in on You, it produces an indespensible experience that will wonder and shock anyone paying attention. Along with Rainman, this film is the pinnacle of filmaking. 100%
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and Twitchy. Deserves to be Seen 4 April 2006
Rating Explanation
I watch and own a huge number of films and can sit through most
dross. My ratings are based on my personal response to films,not
any standard of quality. Therefore:
4 stars: It's good and/or enjoyable. I could happily watch it again
Flying in the face of my personal rating system it would probably over-stating it to say that I could 'happily' watch this again. I almost certainly will, but as with such films as 'Seven' and 'Nil by Mouth' this is probably a once-a-decade film.
However it is so good it rates 4 stars, so don't be put off.
Williams plays the seemingly-happy and very customer-friendly manager of a photo developing kiosk in a large store.
It quickly becomes obvious that he has developed an obsession with one family that use the service quite often, and that he is not as he appears to be.
None of this especially original, the originality comes from what the film-makers do with the situation from that point on.
Firstly, Williams' character is unusually symapthetic. Secondly, that sympathy remains for the duration of the film. As his odd behaviour moves up a level, and he begins to stalk the family, you find your self squriming in your seat at the prospect of him being caught. As the film progresses towards an end that you *know* can only be catastrophic for him and the family, you find you are still as concerned for the effect it will have on the Stalker as the Stalked.
The culmination of all this is perfectly in keeping with the film, which can't have been an easy trick to pull off, and at no time does it disappoint.
Williams, carries this role wonderfully. Rare proof that he is as exceptional an actor as he is funny-man.
You will squirm, twitch and quite possibly cry, but it will have been worth it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtly disturbing.... 22 Mar 2007
The genius in this film lies perhaps in what it isn't. It isn't gratuitous, it isn't predictable and it isn't scary. It does, however, really get under your skin. Robin Williams excels as Sy Parrish, a lonely, delusional photolab technician who becomes obsessed with a family for whom he has been developing photographs for many years. Sy has nothing and no one to go home to, and only his contact with the apparently idyllic lives of the Yorkin family protects him from the realisation of his total lonliness.

There's no dimly lit horror scenes here, only bleak, bright white and sterile environments which help to portray the precise, yet barren territory of Sy's mind. Something happened with this film which made it greater than the sum of its parts, and in my mind it's one of the most disturbing films I've seen, purely because of the lasting effect it has. I feel that somewhere, Sy is still living in his fantasy of the perfect family....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 20 Jun 2005
By Nick
Robin Williams gives an brilliantly creepy performance that has you genuinley feeling un-easy!. Its a very scary story that really gets you thinking! It surprised me how involved i became with the film as i was literally on the edge of my seat. Those who want to see a great thriller with a good story to get their teath into, i highly recommend it. (although it might make you want to get a digital camera instead of one that takes film! so be warned!!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
One Hour Photo is written and directed by Mark Romanek. It stars Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith, Gary Cole and Eriq La Salle. Music is scored by Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek and cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth.

Sy Parrish (Williams) is a loner photo technician at SavMart's one hour photo shop who becomes obsessed with a family whose photographs he develops....

No one takes a photograph of something they want to forget.

2002 was a stellar year for Robin Williams, it saw him give two dramatically potent performances that dampen down the bile spewed up by those who haven't been able to forgive him his comedy excesses. Insomnia has (rightly) found a more appreciative audience since 2002 because of the rise of its director, one Christopher Nolan. One Hour Photo, though, still seems to be striving for recognition for its qualities, in fact, for its understated qualities.

It's evident now that many have gone into the film expecting some psycho stalker movie, and subsequently have been disappointed to find One Hour Photo is nothing of the sort. What unfolds is a sedately paced story of a fractured mind, of a loner who is so detached from society he imagines himself being part of a family, by way of his job, that he thinks is perfect. When the family of his selection turns out to not be a bastion of Americana, the little thread in his head clinging to sanity finally breaks, and then......

Here's the problem. This is no slasher, people need to understand that mental illness or isolation from society does not mean psycho death killer, and thus Romanek's film becomes an observational character study of someone detached from realism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD RIP Robin
Published 2 days ago by MRS P A RIDDLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but maybe an acquired taste.
I'd heard this was an amazing film so I thought I would give it a try, as I do quite like psychological dramas. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
The film was very chilling as a lonely man working in a photo technician he becomes obsessed with this family and has several photos of them on the wall i felt Robin Williams... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr. J. E. TERRETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams - Brilliant
Brilliant film, Robin Williams portrayal of the character was brilliant, a brilliant film with a brilliant actor.
Published 12 days ago by no47
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of Williams best, great portrayal of a strange character that Williams makes it hard not to feel for.
Published 13 days ago by Alistair
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film so much
Love this film so much , Robin at one of his finest acting moments . If you want to see another side of this wonderful man then you cant do much wrong with this great film . Read more
Published 23 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
My boyfriend loves this film. So was happy to get it for him. With such great service
Published 24 days ago by Stephanie Richardson
Published 1 month ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a great film. Creepy character. Williams is superb.
Published 1 month ago by J. Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a watch
Weird and you need to stick with it, but Robin Williams is chilling and well worth a watch. Gripping and chilling
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Richie
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