Saturday, October 13, 2007

ELIOT NESS: AN UNTOUCHABLE LIFE

This feature-length one-man show chronicling the life of the famous Prohibition lawman Eliot Ness is essentially a videotaped stage performance (with three sets), written and directed by mystery novelist and independent filmmaker Max Allan Collins (MOMMY).

Actor Michael Cornelison gives a tour de force performance as an aging Ness reminiscing about his life and triumphs as a law enforcement officer, and Collins’ well-written script/monologue (Collins has penned a number of historical mystery novels about Ness as well as the novel Road To Perdition) is both fascinating and compelling.

VCI gives the production a solid 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a crisp Dolby stereo audio track. Extras include the short film that was used to raise financing for the feature, excerpts from live performances of the play, commentary by Cornelison and Collins, a bonus short film, "An Inconsequential Matter" (also directed by Collins and starring Cornelison), a deleted scene, and trailers for other VCI releases.

An interesting and involving performance makes a unique viewing experience. Definitely worth checking out.

BUY: Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life