Although it seems as if bigger and bigger films are being given the spotlight there, Cannes does remain one of the film industry's biggest events. Every year in May (since the 1930's), films from around the world are showcased at the festival, with some hoping to find distribution and others looking to win the coveted Palm D'Or award, the festival's highest honor.
"Cannes: All Access" is a 79-minute whirlwind tour of the festival's history, which probably isn't enough time to cover Cannes all that well, but that doesn't keep film critic (Time Magazine) Richard Schickel from trying to, anyways. The film starts off in the present day at Cannes, where Sharon Stone discusses how wonderful the festival is, and how everyone is on their best behavior: "...Everyone acts like its the Hollywood they dreamed of, instead of the Hollywood that is."
The film is front-loaded with quite a few talking-heads interviews, as folks like Samuel L. Jackson, Chloe Sevigney, Sydney Pollack and others chat about some of their fond memories of the festival, as well as some of the pros and cons of the glamourous experience. One critic discusses how his friends and family don't realize that his visit is for work, not hitting the beach with celebrities. Shots of the area provide a good perspective of the kind of scope of the festival and how it takes over the area, with one shot even showing a Thankfilm banner hanging off what appears to be a hotel balcony.
VIDEO: "The Fall Guy" is presented by 20th Century Fox in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. Image quality was a touch above expectations, as while the show's image quality didn't dazzle, neither did the show look all that dazzling during its initial run. Sharpness and detail can vary a bit, but the show mostly looked crisp. Some minor grain was seen throughout patches of the show, but otherwise, the elements used looked awfully good, considering the age of the series. No edge enhancement was seen and only a few hints of artifacting were noticed. Colors looked bright and bold, with nice saturation and no smearing. Overall, "The Fall Guy" has aged pretty well.
SOUND: The show's mono soundtrack was more along the lines of what one would expect for an early 80's show, with a flat overall sound, but clear dialogue and no distortion or other issues.
EXTRAS: A short featurette, "Remembering the Fall Guy: An American Classic" and "The Unknown Stuntman: Fall Guy Theme Song" featurette.