The Last Shot—Buena Vista
This is one of those films that's teeming with potential but never kicks into gear. Alec Baldwin is an FBI agent running a sting operation against the Massachusetts mob by producing a phony film, unbeknownst to the director (Matthew Broderick), who thinks this is his big shot. There are a few isolated laughs, including the clever conceit of shooting a film entitled Arizona in Providence, Massachusetts, but the movie never finds its footing, nor does it reach the satisfying conclusion you'd expect.
Far more interesting is the featurette, "Inspired by Actual Events," in which we learn that the story was, well, inspired by actual events. The now-retired FBI agent who ran the real-life sting is reunited with the filmmaking partners he duped, and it's a fascinating conversation, to say the least. It's surprising how closely the events in the movie mirror the actual incident, including the title and setting of the fictitious script. The story is so bizarre, one wishes somebody would turn it into a good movie.
Other extras include four deleted and extended scenes, a look at some scrapped footage of legendary producer Robert Evans providing narration, and a commentary track by Broderick and writer/director Jeff Nathanson, who is as interested in talking about Broderick's personal life as about the film.
The 1.85:1 anamorphic picture is crisp and colorful, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is straightforward and workman-like. Don't buy or rent this disc expecting to be blown away by the audio and video. In fact, don't buy or rent it at all.