The critically acclaimed motion-picture drama "Any Day Now" releases on a single-disc Blu-ray package. This 2012 film by Travis Fine is inspired by a true story from the late 1970s. A powerful tale of love, acceptance, and family, it touches on legal and social issues that have long remained as very timely concerns, even today. It stars Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry, Chris Mulkey, and Alan Rachins. It won a number of awards in different film festivals. A few of these include the Heineken Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the Best Film Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
The story revolves around the struggle of a gay couple, one a drag queen and the other a closeted lawyer, as the society seems to unfairly judge their so-called "unconventional family" arrangement. When a junkie-prostitute mother abandons her teenage son with Down Syndrome, the couple adopts him. Although the boy finally finds the loving family he never had, the couple must fight the biased legal system in order to become his legal guardians.
The overall quality of this digitally shot film shows that it's made on a shoestring budget. Its intentionally low-scale approach goes for the cinema verité look, which generally works for the story's needs. However, the transfer's too dark palette clearly displays the shortcomings of its source material.
Contrast is not as strong as it's supposed to be. A number of significant details are drowned in blacks and the dim interior scenes always look murky. It is good to note that the better-lit day scenes provide better object detail, especially in the latter part of the film. The picture also consistently features lifelike skin tones. No dirt and compression issues plague the presentation.
This Blu-ray release sports a lossless five-channel track with a front-heavy design. The sound mix is not the showy type, which is already something expected for this type of material. Nevertheless, it has decent fidelity and balanced highs and lows throughout.
For the most part, the conservative mix leaves its surround activities relatively subtle. Dialogue is always clean and grounded in the front-center. No major quibbles linger around the serviceable track.
The disc supplies a few extras including the making-of featurette "Making Any Day Now," the Isaac Leyva featurettes "Getting to Know Isaac" and "Isaac's Audition," and the film's theatrical trailer. An English SDH subtitle option is also available in the package.
"Any Day Now" is a well-meaning piece that often sways from one emotional scene to another. It has a surprising amount of dramatic moments that really tug at the heartstrings. There may be moments when it stumbles with its storytelling, but ultimately, it still makes a convincing statement about creating a loving home environment regardless of the family members' sexual preferences. The acting performances promote much visceral intensity, especially for Cumming who is able to showcase such memorable acting and singing chops through his character. This film best suits audiences with soft spots for earnest drama and LGBT and family issues.
- Alan Cumming
- Garret Dillahunt