Welcome to the Bronx, here visualized as a place of chaotic energy and noise, where anindividual can find nary a moment’s peace. Lauren Vélez’s life is turned upside down when herwell-meaning but rather air-headed and selfish husband is arrested. Vélez must fend for herselfnow and provide for her children. She winds up working for record producer Griffin Dunne, butthis job leads to its own set of misunderstandings.
The patter is non-stop and overlapping, which could…be exhausting, but is actually ratherinvigorating. Keep your ears wide open at all times, as much hilarious dialogue is tossed off inthe background, there for those paying attention. The scenario could be nightmarish, but theenergy and affectionate nature of the film keeps things funny instead.
The audio may be 2.0 Dolby Surround, but you’d hardly know it. Apart from the score, thereis barely a peep from the rear speakers. During such loud sequences as the blackout and lootingthere are some hints of surround effects, but they are very low key indeed. In fact, the audiogenerally could do with a volume boost.
The picture is better, even though the colours are a trifle dark. The image is sharp, the blacksare solid, and the flesh tones are good. My one reservation with the colours aside, they aregenerally strong, and there is no grain or edge enhancement to speak of. The film looks prettygood, in other words.
Nothing but trailers for Bad Boys II, Once Upon a Time in Mexico andRaising Victor Vargas. The menu is basic.
Middling sound, but decent picture, and a high-energy film.