Cardboard Boxer is a powerful tale of loss, redemption, and friendship. Willie (Church) is one of Los Angeles' many homeless people. A good man, he is living rough on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row. One day, a group of rich teens come around offering to pay Willie and his contemporaries cash to fight each other. Caught up in this violent, underground sport, Willie has only the discarded burnt diary he discovers of a troubled little girl to keep him company and provide him with the willingness to push through life. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the trailer and upfront previews.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is a low-budget production with a heart. The visuals, while effectively depressing in its absolutely realistic depiction of homelessness on LA's Skid Row, are effectively natural throughout. The color palette is naturally hued. Numerous scenes are at night, and shadow delineation is quite good. Lighting highlights, such as street lights, contrast with the otherwise dimness of the street scenes. Daylight scenes are perfectly natural. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail evident, even in the darkest scenes. This is a gripping visualization of life on the streets that is thoroughly engrossing yet very sad and depressing. It is sure to sensitize viewers to the hardships of others, who are trapped in a deadened life experience. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is basically monaural, though, the surrounds are effective duplicates of the frontal soundstage. This includes atmospherics and the nuanced music score. Occasional bursts during conflicts among the homeless briefly energize the soundfield. Street atmospherics are totally real. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and nicely integrated spatially. The girl's narration is nicely positioned forward. This is an emotionally charged soundscape that is haunting in its realism. (Gary Reber)