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  • Picture Perfect

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 16th, 2005

    Overall
    Film
    Video
    Audio
    Extras
    (out of 5)

    Synopsis

    Pooja (Kirti Reddy) dreams of being a film director, but the old boys at the ad agency she works for are constantly brushing her off. When she meets singer Kabir (Abhishek Bachchan), she thinks she could use his talent, but he is hoping for a more romantic relationship. She, meanwhile, is attracted to her boss’s son, but then things become further complicated when she has to pretend to be engaged to Kabir in order to save her job.

    Why, precisely, the Jennifer Anniston vehicle was c…nsidered worthy of a remake is beyond me, but here it is, the original’s 105-minute running time stretched out to 157. The reason for this length, of course, is the plentiful musical numbers. If the plot and the comedy are themselves not much to speak of (and certainly to laugh with), the songs are very bouncy and engaging, with plenty of fun choreography.

    Audio

    The audio is a bit of a mixed bag, perhaps reflecting some budgetary limitations of the film itself. So the track is in 5.1, but this is apparent only during the songs. When the music is playing, all speakers are jumping, and the mix is lively, and there is good left-right separation. In between the songs, there is essentially no surround at all, and the dialogue has the slightly thick sound one associates with dubbing. Said dialogue is also plagued by considerable buzz.

    Video

    Some odd things going on here, particularly if you’re trying to watch this on a 16×9 screen. The film is widescreen, but not anamorphic. The opening credits are in 2.35:1, but the rest of the film is in 1.85:1. Other than that change, 4×3 TVs won’t have the next problem. While zooming will fit the picture to the screen, the subtitles then become invisible, so finding the appropriate format in which to watch the movie is a bit of a challenge. Some of the colours are a bit pale, but in other scenes they are very bright and vibrant. The image is certainly sharp enough, but there is some noticeable grain.

    Special Features

    None. The chapter selections double as song selections. The menu is basic.

    Closing Thoughts

    Some problems with picture and sound here, but the songs are fun, and it is interesting to see the growing number of Bollywood films becoming available in North America.

    Posted In: 1.85:1 Widescreen, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital 5.1 (Hindi), DVD, Musical, Pathfinder

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