Colin Farrell is Stu Shepard, the local Publicity Manager who runs around the streets, constantly on the phone, trying to score deals for himself and his customers which are mostly lower-rated actors and musicians. When he one day goes to the phone booth he usually uses to call Pamela, an upcoming actress he would like to do certain other things with, he gets called by a man who tells him not to move from the booth as he’s got a rifle pointed at him. From that moment on, Stu’s life will turn around as the man with the rifle wants him to come clean with everyone and start living a better life.
Having to do and say several thing, Stu gets into an argument with a local pimp who gets shot by the rifle man. The hookers believe it is Stu who shot their pimp and call in the police. Stu now not only has to manage with the crazy guy on the other end of the phone but also with a huge police force who believe he has killed a man and are on the verge of shooting him.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is pretty extraordinary here. The storyline is very static as the whole plot goes around the phone booth but still the camerawork makes it a very dynamic movie which is very positive. There’s no compression errors or anything and level of detail is impressive. The color use is also very good with nice depth of blackness and good balance.
The soundtrack clearly shows what a Dolby Digital 5.1 system is capable of although you wouldn’t expect it from a movie where everything goes on in one location. The dialogues are nicely centered while phone calls have a clear distinct sound. Really well-done.
Next to the audio commentary we only get one extra: The Making Of. Although that sounds like not much, the documentary is of a very high quality and will keep you occupied for quite some time. We get the usual short interview takes with cast & crew but also a day-by-day impression of how the movie was shot. Impressive !
One could say that a movie on one place would be boring but I would state for the record that people saying that are wrong and Phone Booth prooves it. The camerawork is very dynamic and from the first moment to the last minute the viewer will be taped to his seat and live along with the happenings on the screen. Combine that with excellent image & sound and a very good Making Of (not the commercial kind) and you’ve got one hell of a DVD.