David Strathairn is a melancholy children’s magician. He is stuck looking after his irritablewife’s deaf father, because she wants nothing to do with him. His day is complete after a fender-bender with pawn shop owner Nicky Katt. And, as it happens all the time in real life, the twodrivers soon become fast friends. One of their bonds is that Katt’s daughter is also deaf. Whata coincidence! The performances are all agreeably low key, and the dialogue and editing havesome occ…sional zing, but this a rather too familiar story done up as an independent feature.
The sound is in 5.1, but it hardly stretches the abilities of that format. The balance is veryfront-heavy, with minimal surround of any kind. There are some good traffic sounds, but thereare also plenty of missed opportunities to create a more immersive experience.
The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is soft and is also a bit murky. The colours areotherwise decent, and there is no visible grain or edge enhancement. One more or less gets by,then, but this is far from being the best-looking disc out there.
Nothing here except a trailer for Finding Neverland. The menu is basic.
The work is agreeable enough, I suppose, and is an honest effort. But don’t go out of yourway to find this.
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