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But what it lacks in budget is made up for in the performances and writing. The characters not only entertain, but by the end of this New Year's Day party learn something about themselves. Jakobson (who does her chimp noises in this film) is a star, period. This also marks one of David Duchovney's first appearances as Jakobson's boyfriend. If you're looking for a sit-down movie that won't give you a seizure, this is it.
But I give it four stars for the David Duchovny eye candy. Here he is as a young man in ALL his glory. He's absolutely gorgeous in this and he does a good job with his character, a real scoundrel and ladies' man. Warning, this movie contains male frontal nudity.
The top and bottom of the regular full screen version has been cropped out of the picture to give the illusion your getting a widescreen - what your getting is less picture!
The studios should label the DVD's as they did when they cropped VHS video picture " this film has been modified to fit you tv screen" as in modified to fit a 16x9 tv in this case.
You have already lost one third of the picture when it was modified to full screen, now you loose an additional one third to one fourth of the movies image!
In this film the DVD version will show much less of Duchovny below the waist as the uncropped version reveals - sorry ladies!
The reason leterbox and widescreen has a demand, is that the audience or consumer wants to view the Movie as it was filmed and framed by the filmaker, and not loose out on portions of the movie that the director intended.
In other words the idea to release in widescreen was for the intention of showing MORE not LESS of the movies image.
The studios believe they can get away with this, since the average buyer does not have a full screen video version to compare with, or the consumer is just unaware.
I compared this DVD to a full screen VHS version, and in many cases where some DVD's come with both Full & Wide Screen on a flip disc, compare them before watching, many of the widesreen sides are just chopped versions of the full screen.
The picture quality is great on this and most DVD's, it is unfortunate though that it has to be a conciliation for cropped picture.
The movie I find very engaging, great acting by Maggie Jakobson(Wheeler), and very Woody Allen'ish type scripting and characterization by Jaglom.Read more ›
All I can say is "WOW"
The movie itself was too 'talky' for me, too much chatter; I fast forward to David's scenes in the show.
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