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Beguiling Costner performances in three enjoyable films
on April 2, 2012
This economically packaged set of four DVDs is notable for featuring Costner at his most casually appealing best. Never a histrionic actor, he displays his subtle and nuanced charms in all four movies, three of which garnered accolades. The double-sided DVDs are perfectly adequate with bonus features (trailers, interviews, etc.), and the packaging is utilitarian. But, of course, these sets are purchased for the quality of the films, and you, if a Costner fan, will not be disappointed.
"The Upside of Anger," "The Bodyguard," and "Tin Cup" are all fine movies displaying compactly well-written scripts and truly effective acting by his co-stars and supporting cast members. It is interesting to note that Costner's very cavalier, lackadaisical presence and characterizations (even "slacker-like") create sparks with the more solid, realistic-rooted, and pragmatic roles of his co-stars, female and otherwise (man, child, teenager, dog). Joan Allen and Rene Russo are very effective foils to Costner and contribute much to the enjoyment and success of their respective movies. But Whitney Houston, so effectively dramatic in her debut, lends "The Bodyguard" much weight and substance. Watching her is heartbraking in consideration of her tragic and very premature death (and do not miss the bonus feature in which she is interviewed). This set, by the way, was purchased specifically to view her riveting performance; serendipitously, it was included in this package.
Finally, the less written about the fourth film, "Rumor Has It," the better.