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  • Up the Sandbox

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on August 10th, 2003

    Overall
    Film
    Video
    Audio
    Extras
    (out of 5)

    

    Synopsis

    Barbra Streisand is happily married and raising three children. This isn’t to say that lifedoesn’t have its pressures, of course. (Just try raising three children.) She finds out she ispregnant again, and living in a world which values her husband’s time and accomplishments farabove hers, she begins to engage in a series of elaborate and bizarre fantasies in which, one wayor another, she breaks completely with her current life. (An affair with Fidel Castro a big enoughbreak…for you?)

    Audio

    Mono sound, so not too much to say. The quality is basically solid and clean, though someageing is detectable. At any rate, a stereo remix isn’t really necessary here — this isn’t a musical,and much of the dialogue is low-key.

    Video

    The format is 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen.The print is in good shape, but isn’t perfect.There is some very light speckling that shows up from time to time, and the edge enhancementis detectable as well. Not bad for a thirty-plus-year-old film, though, and the colours, flesh tonesand blacks are good.

    Special Features

    Not one but two commentary tracks, one by Streisand, the other by Kershner. Streisand doeskeep veering into rather purple prose, but both she and the director have plenty to say.Interestingly, they appear to have somewhat different takes on what angle the film wasapproaching feminism, which may explain the rather conflicted tone of the movie itself. Thereis also the threatrical trailer, and “The Moviemakers” — a period making-of featurette. The mainpage of the menu is scored.

    Closing Thoughts

    An imaginative film, if a bit of a misfire. The two separate commentary tracks is a nicetouch.

    Special Features List

    • Director’s Commentary
    • Streisand Commentary
    • “The Moviemakers” Making-of Featurette
    • Theatrical Trailer
    Posted In: 1.78:1 Widescreen, Comedy, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital Mono (English), DVD, Warner Bros.

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