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Selfless (DVD): Review


Self/less at its core look at human nature, our fear of death, and ways in which we wish we could cheat that. When dying real estate mogul Damian (Ben Kingsley) transfers his conciousness to a healthy young body (Ryan Reynolds), he soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company are quite what they seem.

While the premise for the story lies in science fiction, the story is still one that is easy enough to understand. No overly complex science or medical terms, just a plain and simple look at life choices, doing what is right, and showing us where greed leads us.

As the younger version of Damian begins to unravel the story, uncover the lies, and as he is forced to take a look at his own life over the years, we are treated to a mix of action and drama, presented to us by a talented cast.

The film eschews big effects for real world locations, grounded in reality, keeping the action real and focussed on story. Selfless if an enjoyable story, and  a fun escape, presented in style, with a talented cast.

Disc And Bonus Features

Self/Less is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. The image is stable, and if so desired can be scaled up to a larger or higher resolution screen if the viewer has the relevant hardware or software.


Sound is presented as a 5.1 track, and is clear and crisp. Several of the more action oriented scenes do make good use of the surround channels, expanding the on-screen action, and further drawing the viewer into the story.


Navigation is simple, yet easy to understand, with static images for the menu backgrounds.


There are no bonus features on the DVD, save for a few trailers for forthcoming attractions at the beginning of the disc.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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