The Thomas Crown Affair
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What makes this Thomas Crown more enjoyable than its predecesor is McTiernan's attention to detail in both the set action pieces (no surprise from the man who helmed Die Hard with precision accuracy) and the developing romance, the witty and intelligent script by Leslie Dixon (she wrote the love scenes) and Kurt Wimmer (he wrote the action scenes), and, most of all, its two stunning leads (both over 40 to boot), combustible both in and out of bed. Brosnan, usually held prisoner in the James Bond straitjacket, lets loose with both a relaxed sensuality and a comic spirit he's rarely expressed before. The film, however, pretty much belongs to Russo, who doesn't just steal the spotlight, but bends it to her will. Beautiful, stylish, smart, self-possessed, incredibly sexy, she's practically a walking icon; it's no wonder Crown falls for her hook, line, and sinker. With Denis Leary as a police detective smitten with Russo, and Faye Dunaway in a throwaway but wholly enjoyable cameo as Brosnan's therapist. --Mark Englehart
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This is entertainment, with a capital "E," at its best. Nothing deep, or arty, but after a hard day's work, relatively mindless fun is frequently good - even terrific! Thomas Crown, (Brosnan), please allow me to repeat myself, is drop-dead sexy, handsome, rich as Croesus, an expert businessman, cultured, exudes power in a nice-guy (but nevertheless ruthless) kinda way, and he's Available!! I won't go on, but you get the picture. However, as a man who has almost everything, Crown wants some more excitement in his life. He plans, so cleverly, to steal a priceless Monet painting from New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of course he succeeds. Watching the brilliant execution of the theft is worth the price of the rental alone. Crown loves the painting - but he loves the challenge of acquiring it more.
Enter the glorious Ms. Russo, called Catherine Banning here. She is a tough, insurance investigator who, as far as pushovers go, was not born yesterday. I read that Russo actually consulted with a professional dominatrix in order to prepare for her role as the aggressive, ever so seductive Ms. Banning. She zeros in on Crown in no time, while turning the NYPD detective heading the case into quivering Jello. He notices, by the way, that apart from being a super detective, she's really easy on the eyes.Read more ›
I do have the standard definition version which I have not watched in some time so it is really not a comparison review. The video transfer is good with no artifacting or aliasing anywhere and only the slightest hint of grain which, for the most part ,is undetectable. However, the transfer to blu ray appears as if the producers crushed the blacks a touch too much creating deep blacks but with not a whole lot of detail in the shadows. Colors are deep and resolution is good with a fairly warm color grading but there are parts where it just appears to be darkened or shaded.
The DTSHD 5.1 audio is really quite excellent with fine use of the entire system and discreet channeling of foley fx as well as panning around the audio system. Not a whole lot here for the LFE channel to use but the audio editing shines in several places. The soundtrack is beautifully spread across the front stage with individual instrumentation nicely separated across the stage.
There were no extras of any kind on this disc.
For me, the bottom line is that the audio transfer is the star of the Blu Ray while the video, while good, appears muted. I do think, however, that the switch from SD to BR, if the price is good, makes a purchase worthy.
All my movie reviews are of this nature and focus only on the quality of the transfer to BluRay so check them and see if they are of help as well.
Hopefully, this review has been of some help to you in determining your purchase, hope I am on the correct path with a review of the transfer quality as opposed to providing plot summaries.
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PLOT: Bored Billionaire Thomas Crown plots to steal a masterpiece.
1998~ Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) goes to the art museum every day to admire a painting. Read more
A great movie to have in anyone's collection (if they are adults)Published 10 days ago by Fred and Diana Fraiser
Rene Russo's bare boobs were like the Jar Jar Binks of this epically yawn-worthy production...not that they were a means to attract the viewership of a younger audience, but more... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
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