Jolie is a Seattle-area news reporter whose apparently perfect life is derailed when streetprophet Tony Shaloub predicts she is going die in a week. Becoming convinced that Shaloub isright, Jolie re-examines her priorities. She is helped out by cameraman Ed Burns, with whom she(naturally) has an extremely prickly relationship when the story begins. Jolie and Burns are bothsuperb, and the film has a slick look to it. On the minus side, the film seems to have some prettyharsh…things to say about career women, and the plot is nothing if not predictable. On the plusside, the performances are all solid, and the scene involving a terrified airplane passenger isworth the price of admission alone.
The sound is very good, especially in the music department. The sound effects are sometimesa bit low key, but they still have a decent rear speaker presence. Now and then, however, someof the voices (especially Burns’) sound a bit hollow.
A top-notch transfer, with the picture available in both fullscreen and 2.35:1 anamorphicwidescreen versions. The colours, contrasts, blacks and flesh tones are all terrific, and the imagesis razor sharp. No grain whatsoever. Very nice work.
Not much here. The menu has an scored an animated main page and transitions, but the onlyextra is the commentary by director Stephen Herek. He is a good speaker, though, connectingboth technical and thematic elements, and doing so in an interesting way.
Some reservations aside, this is an eminently watchable romantic comedy. The lack of extrasis a bit surprising, however, given that this was a fairly major release.
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