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Alpha Male is a story of family life, great love and devastating loss. Jim Ferris is the "alpha male" - warm, charismatic, and successful, he is the consummate provider for his wife Alice and children, Jack and Elyssa. It feels as though nothing can touch the idyllic world he has created. But when he dies suddenly, grief, jealousy and dysfunction fill the vacuum - until the family's tensions surface a decade later at Jack's 21st birthday party.

Specifications

Studio Warner Home Video
SKU 206461190
UPC 821575558358
UPC 14 00821575558358
Format DVD
Release Date 2/10/2009
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Ehle,Jennifer
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Cast & Crew
Cary Epstein - Executive Producer
Cristina Casali - Production Designer
Dan Wilde - Director
Dan Wilde - Writer
Danny Huston - Actor
David Bergstein - Producer
Jennifer Ehle - Actor
Patrick Baladi - Actor
Shane Daly - Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck - Original Music By
Tariq Anwar - Editor
Trudie Styler - Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmExposed Magazine
Review Here lies Alpha Male's major flaw. Through a combination of Wilde's overly simple script and Mark Wells' unnecessarily obnoxious portrayal of main character Jack, it becomes incredibly difficult to care whether this struggling family can reassemble itself...That said, Wilde's cinematography is constantly competent and occasionally excellent; the aforementioned moments of silence are emphasised through regular use of close-ups, which, when juxtaposed against the many long shots of the family's mansion help to emphasise the distance between the characters. Sadly, however, this textbook approach to filmmaking isn't enough to draw the viewer into the fundamentally flawed story...Although at times entertaining and by no means a write-off, Alpha Male is undoubtedly most useful to Wilde himself. With a little more time spent on screenplay development, perhaps next time this promising young director can appease the audiences who found his characters ineffectual and his story bland. Certainly, his technical ability shows promise and whilst some may argue that a picture paints a thousand words, Wilde relies all too heavily on graphic matches and facial expressions to plug the holes in his helplessly leaky script.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer David Clack
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Letterbox, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ehle,Jennifer
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carol Allen, Close-Up Film ...a very accomplished piece of work from first time feature writer/director Wilde...a mature and thoughtful film...
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ...an impressive debut [from Wilde]...[a] bold and ambitious movie with intelligent ensemble work.

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