DVD review: 'Following' foreshadowed Christopher Nolan's career
Before his critically acclaimed work as director of the "Dark Knight" series and "Inception," director Christopher Nolan made his feature debut with the $5,000-budget "Following," now released on DVD. Actor Jeremy Theobald stars as The Young man. (Courtesy of the Criterion Collection / December 31, 2012)
The new Blu-ray has been restored and remastered; the audio and the black-and-white 16mm footage are essentially pristine. The extras include a commentary track from Nolan, recorded in 2001, and a more recent half-hour interview; there is inevitably some overlap, but not that much. Also included are the usual trailers and (far more intriguingly) “Doodlebug,” the trivial but amusing three-minute short that preceded “Following.”
But the most interesting is the “linear cut” Nolan has prepared. Like “Memento,” this noirish crime film is told out of order. This chronologically straightened version is not as revelatory as the similar recut of “Memento,” simply because the latter was so much more layered and ambiguous. Neither of these linear cuts should be considered in any way a substitute for the finished films. (No one should even think of watching them first.) Still, they make nice guides for anyone overly baffled.
"Following" (Criterion, Blu-ray, $39.95; DVD, $29.95)
ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on “FilmWeek” on KPCC-FM (89.3).