Wrong side of the tracks gal Julia Roberts (now there’s casting for you) is hired by leukemia-ridden Campbell Scott to be his nurse. He’s educated and rich, she ain’t. He’s dying, she ain’t.Cue every cliché in the book as the romance wends its inevitable way. Suspension of disbeliefis not helped by the fact that Scott is supposedly doing his PhD on German Impressionist art, andwhen shows Roberts a slide show of his subjects, Pre-Raphaelite Victorian Dante GabrielRossetti is…prominently featured. Groan. Director Joel Schumacher has been making attempts,recently, to rehabilitate himself as a filmmaker, but this dull attempt at a sob-fest is very muchthe work of the hack’s hack who gave us Batman and Robin.
No unnecessary effort has been wasted on this release, and the sound is limited to a 2.0 mix.The environmental effects have their moments (notably in street scenes), but the rear speakersound could certainly be stronger. The left-right separation is solid, but there is also anunacceptable level of buzz on the dialogue.
A decent, but unexceptional picture. There is no edge enhancement or grain to speak of, butthe image is quite soft. The blacks are good, but the colours are a bit on the pale side (except forthe reds). Nothing really terrible, but nothing that really stands out either.
No effort here either, from the basic menu to bare bones features: a promo featurette from1991, two trailers, and a bonus trailer for Sleeping with the Enemy.
There are many great weepies out there. This is not one of them.
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