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HTF REVIEW: "Welcome to Collinwood" (with screenshots)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    Welcome to Collinwood

    Studio: Warner Brothers
    Year: 2002
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 86 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1)
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

    Five guys. One safe. No brains

    This must have been a great idea on paper... Take a
    story about desperate characters trying to break
    into an apartment to rob a safe. Have the film
    produced by the talents of Steven Soderbergh and
    George Clooney. Put it all together and one would
    immediately expect an uproarious comedy. Wrong!
    Watching Welcome to Collinwood[/b] left me
    scratching my head in amazement as to how so many
    talents came together to participate in this
    ill-advised and poorly executed idea.


    Welcome to the culturally rich ghetto neighborhood
    in Cleveland called Collinwood. The town is filled
    with the likes of Riley (Bill Macy), Leon (Isaiah
    Washington), Pero (Sam Rockwell) Toto (Michael
    Jeter) and Cosimo (Luis Guzmán) -- just a bunch of
    guys trying to make it in the world.


    When Cosimo gets imprisoned for stealing a car, a
    lifer tells him the story of a safe in a jewelry
    store just waiting to be robbed. Cosimo tries
    unsuccessfully to get someone to take the rap for
    him stealing the car, eventually escapes from jail,
    and gets run over during a routine purse snatching.
    A quintet of criminal incompetents who know about
    the safe decide to pull the heist off anyway.


    Inspired by the 1958 Italian comedy Big Deal on
    Madonna Street
    , and written and directed by
    brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, this comedy caper
    contains all the elements that could have catapulted
    it to greatness: a wonderful acting ensemble, snappy
    dialogue and a jazzy soundtrack. But something
    happened along the way and this never feels successful
    enough to really hold together. Even the appearance
    of a wheelchair-bound George Clooney in Rabbi garb
    can't save this turkey!

    How is the transfer?

    For the most part, this is a highly satisfying
    transfer that sports good sharpness and detail
    and excellent contrast levels. I should note that
    colors take on a deep tone here, making the film
    look as if it was shot in a different era. Colors
    seems to take on more redness than they should.
    This is obviously the way the film was supposed to
    look, so I don't blame this on the transfer itself.


    The weight of the film's 5.1 soundtrack takes place
    in the center speaker where dialogue comes across
    crisp and clear. Mark Mothersbaugh's soundtrack
    with its a wide range of jazz moods comes across
    very nicely and well balanced across all the channels.
    The rears seldom come into play, adding only bits
    of ambient sounds such as crowd noise.

    Special Features


    Warner Brothers has provided a small amount of
    extra material for this DVD, probably realizing
    this would be a low-profile title.


    Welcome to Collinwood: Uncensored is hosted
    by Sam Rockwell as he takes his water bottle
    microphone and asks his fellow cast mates inane
    questions much to the dismay of this reviewer.
    This is perhaps one of the worst supplemental
    featurettes I have seen lately.

    Definitions and Etymologies gives you
    definitions to some of the film's various lingo
    terms including Mullinski and Kapuchnik.

    A cast & crew list manages to give a rather
    detailed filmography and the film's original
    theatrical trailer
    is included.

    Final Thoughts


    Welcome To Collinwood was a rather
    disappointing viewing experience. It's a pedestrian
    effort from what you would expect to be a rather hip
    Clooney/Soderbergh production pairing.

    Rent it first!

    Release Date: NOW

    All screen captures have been further compressed.
    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
    represent actual picture quality
  2. Craig W

    Craig W Second Unit

    Jul 28, 1999
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    I rented this over the past weekend. I think Ron is right on the mark with his review. The Sam Rockwell piece where he interviews the cast was so bad that I stopped it within a minute.

    The movie was okay, but I was expecting a lot more.
  3. Gabe Sigler

    Gabe Sigler Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 1, 2001
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    Looks like I am in the minority, but I found the Sam Rockwell featurette pretty funny. There are only so many standard EPK-promo "making-of's" one can sit through.
  4. Yumbo

    Yumbo Cinematographer

    Sep 13, 1999
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    I was amused by the movie. could have been better.
    a few funny moments, but came across as contrived.
  5. Dmitry

    Dmitry Supporting Actor

    Nov 30, 1998
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    Ron's right on the money. I couldn't even bring myself to watch the extras after sitting through the movie [​IMG]
  6. LennyP

    LennyP Supporting Actor

    Jun 20, 2002
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    I wanted to see it in theaters but instead saw many other, better movies, now finaly got it on DVD because of the cast and was disapointed. There is only 1 laugh in the movie and I already forgot where.

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