Quirky and beautiful. They’re the only two words that
accurately describe Mark and Michael Polish’s notably
unconventional film “Northfork.” A timeless tale of a
town about to be flooded by the explosion of a dam, the idea that
began with door-to-door wing salesmen turned into an intensely
allegorical tale of loss, redemption and recovery.
Though relatively devoid of the myriad of features that would
accompany a blockbuster DVD release,
“Northfork’s” features are few but plentiful.
Especially praiseworthy is a series of short behind-the-scenes
clips in “Bare Knuckle Filmmaking: The Construction of
Northfork” which detail the making of the film from start to
finish, including colorful tidbits from the brothers and the
An additional commentary track by Mark and Michael has all the
energy and imagination of the film itself. The brothers truly are
an original pair. The final feature on the disc is a segment from
the Sundance Channel’s “24-Frame News Segment”
series, almost as crafty as the making-of featurette. Like the
film, the picture and sound are phenomenal.
Film: 4 out of 5 stars.
Picture/Sound: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Features: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.