DVD Review: True Story - Out Now

True StoryTrue Story is a psychological thriller based on the real-life memoir of the same name by Michael Finkel. Jonah Hill stars at the lead character. A journalist for The New York Times, his career is as good as over when he embellishes and partly fabricates a story that's printed as the cover piece. After losing his job, no one will hire him.

Back at home with his wife Jill (Felicity Jones), Finkel gets an unexpected call from a reporter, asking for his opinion on a man, Christian Longo (James Franco), who murdered his family, and when arrested claimed to be Finkel. Unaware of what has transpired, Finkel is intrigued and sets up a meeting with Longo in prison.

True StoryLongo has been a fan of Finkel's writing and wants to give him the exclusive on what really happened to his wife and three children.

What follows is a game of cat and mouse as Longo weaves his tale of what truly happened and causes Finkel to believe they may have convicted an innocent man. Finkel must use his investigative skills to ferret out the truth if he wants to write a piece that could bring him back on his career track.

I very much enjoyed True Story. I was questioning up until the end what really happened. Franco eloquently weaves his story and sucks you in, really making you feel for his character, going back and forth about his guilt or innocence.

Hill was also fantastic in the film. I had not seen any of his work that was not comedy before, and I was pleasantly surprised to see him shine with this type of role.

The script was brilliant and the pace kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the film.

Bonus Features:

Deleted Scenes - The deleted scenes can be played all together or one at a time. There is optional commentary for each one.

   *  Mike & Jill Take a Walk, Phone Call from Longo - Jill talks to Mike about losing
      his job; she's actually relieved as he was not around much since working at the
      Times. After, he gets a call from Longo, who wants him to prove his identity before
      he will meet him in prison. This two-part scene was very interesting and I
      wouldn't have minded seeing in the film.

   *  Jill Comes across a Dying Deer - Jill is driving and thinking about kids in a car (I
      assume she is thinking about Longo killing his family. It's not really clear). She
      stops the car when she sees a dying dear and shoots it.

   *  Jill Makes a Fire - Outside Jill lights a fire and burns papers and photos that her
      husband received from Longo.

   *  Mike Meets the Longo Family - Outside the courthouse, Mike talks to Longo's
      family about Chris. It's a very odd scene that didn't add anything to the story.

   *  Alternate Ending - The difference is ending is more about Finkel's reaction after
      the trial. The final scene in which Finkel talks to fans of his novel in a Q&A is
      also different. The ending of the trial, however, remains the same. It was
      interesting to see a different ending, but it didn't really add anything important.

Promotional Featurettes - These are all short features and really are more for promotion than really giving much insight into filming or backstory.

   *  Mike Finkel - Actors Hill, Jones, and Franco, as well as Rupert Goold (
       director/screenwriter) talk about the real Mike Finkel and his fall from grace.
       The man himself talks about his partially fabricated story. Goold also talks about
       choosing Hill for the role.

   *  Who is Christian Longo? - The actors, director, and Finkel talk about Longo,
       including how charismatic and charming he was. The director comments on
       Franco playing the part.

   *  The Truth Behind True Story - The director and cast talk about the film. Most
       of the featurette is actually more about explaining the plot again. Goold talks
       about rivals and Finkel and Longo's relationship. Some is repeat from the above
       two featurettes.

   *  The Making of True Story - Finkel talks about being approached for the film.
       The directors talk about working with the lead actors and more on why they
       worked for the film. Hill also talks about working with Franco and their first
       scenes together on the film. The featurette is only about 5 1/2 minutes, so it
       really doesn't give a lot of detail.

Audio Commentary by Rupert Goold - Goold talks about shooting the film. Most of the commentary is more on the actual filming process rather than stories from the set.

Gallery - This is a set of both photos taken behind the scenes filming and of promotional screen shots. They can be advanced automatically or manually.

Theatrical Trailer

Sneak Peek - Most of these also play when the DVD starts: Discover Digital HD, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Far from the Madding Crowd, Cake, Before I Go to Sleep, Best of TV


The Blu-ray disc comes in the normal clamshell case with a cardboard slip cover. It also contains an insert with the free digital HD code.

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