Blu-ray, DVD Release: Side By Side

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $26.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Tribeca Film/New Video/Cinedigm

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Keanu Reeves explores the growth of digital cinema in Side by Side.

In the 2012 documentary film Side by Side, Keanu Reeves explores the recent technological developments of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking on the industry.

Reeves takes on the subject via interviews with such leading Hollywood directors as James Cameron (Avatar), David Fincher (The Social Network), David Lynch (Blue Velvet), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), George Lucas (Star Wars), and others. Interviews are also conducted with a number of cinematographers, editors, special-effects masters and visual artists as they provide insights on digital cinema and how it has revolutionized the film business.

Through the use of archival footage and video clips from such noted films as Lawrence of Arabia and Metropolis, Side by Side examines the differences between 35mm film and digital video and dissects technical elements such as pixels and depth of field that have changed the overall quality of filmmaking.

Written and directed by Chris Kenneally and produced by Reeves, the unrated Side by Side was well-received by the critics—it garnered a 94% positive rating based on 52 published reviews at Rotten Tomatoes—when it premiered as a video-on-demand title and in a limited number of U.S. theaters in August, 2012.

Bonus features on the disc include deleted scenes  and additional interviews with the filmmakers.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.