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Off the Black R

Off the Black
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 17, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Closed Captioned - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    • Subtitled - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: James Ponsoldt - Director

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 43


User Ratings: 1,848
"Off the Black" is writer/director James Ponsoldt's first movie...When I found out how young Ponsoldt is, only twenty-six, I was shocked that someone so young could have such insight into, and such empathy for, the existential disquietude of middle age. Full Review
Apr 23, 2007
3 stars out of 5 -- A very offbeat character piece....As quirky as it sounds....Engaging and affecting.
Ultimate DVD
Aug 1, 2007
Rating: B+ -- A modest drama fueled by Nick Nolte's gutsy lead performance as a disheveled 57-year-old junkyard proprietor who's been as flattened by life as the rusty old cars he crushes.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Feb 1, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- Off the Black is a small, dry, emotionally loaded short story that has been carried to film like baked fish to a platter. Full Review
Boston Globe
Dec 22, 2006
The leads are good, and Timothy Hutton is memorably off-putting as the pitcher's disengaged dad. But having created the aching umpire, Ponsoldt occupies him with some fairly shopworn situation. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 21, 2011
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Nolte nails the particular tragedy of the past-his-prime ex-high-school athlete. Full Review
Boston Phoenix
Mar 19, 2013
Rating: 2/5 -- Nolte is a flawed mentor in uncertain indie drama. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 15, 2010

Product Description:

Veteran actor Nick Nolte puts his explosive personal life behind him for a while, returning to what he does best with OFF THE BLACK. Nolte stars as Ray, a weathered high-school baseball umpire whose life veered off the rails some time ago and shows no sign of getting back on track. Nolte slips into the role with consummate ease, and you can almost smell the alcohol on his breath as Ray drunkenly wheezes through the first half-hour of director James Ponsoldt's inaugural feature. Ray slumps to his lowest ebb one night as some pranksters from the high school vandalize his home, but he manages to catch one of the fleeing boys, Dave (Trevor Morgan), as he tries to escape the scene. Dave cleans up the mess in a bid to escape criminal charges, and the two men strike up an unusual friendship full of deep conversation and endless soul searching; their relationship is further developed as they attend Ray's high-school reunion, with Dave pretending to be his son.

Ponsoldt provides a suitably snug small-town backdrop for Nolte and Morgan to work in, and occasionally dips into a pool of impressive supporting players--including Timothy Hutton as Dave's father and Rosemarie DeWitt as Ray's enigmatic friend--to bolster the interaction between the leads. The emotional pasts of Ray and Dave are carefully unraveled, and although the storyline is far from original, Ponsoldt's film is a worthy exercise, thanks to the impressive acting and interplay from Nolte and Morgan.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 8, 2006
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 22,935
  • UPC: 821575549653
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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