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(Widescreen Edition)

Later generations of movie stars cannot hold a candle to those past masters of the craft. Take RUMOR HAS IT... ($29) for example. Shirley MacLaine steals every last frame of celluloid in which she appears, and practically blows Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner off the screen. Neither of MacLaineís costars have the screen charisma that she exhibits, which makes one wish the veteran actress had more screen time, than the actual leading characters in the movie. This is not to say that the Rob Reiner directed RUMOR HAS IT... isnít a charming little comedy when MacLaine isnít on the screen, just that she is such a potent force, that her absence is felt whenever she isnít around.

The plot of RUMOR HAS IT... proceeds from the assumption that the novel and the film of THE GRADUATE were based upon actual people and events. In RUMOR HAS IT... Jennifer Aniston portrays Sarah Huttinger, who returns home for her sisterís wedding with new fiancť Jeff Daly (Mark Ruffalo) in tow. Sarah is reluctant to announce her engagement claiming she doesnít want to steal her sisterís thunder, but something else is troubling her. Returning home causes Sarahís feelings about being the family oddball to rise to the surface. However, when it comes to light that Sarahís grandmother Katharine Richelieu (Shirley MacLaine) was the basis for the Mrs. Robinson character in the graduate and that her mother ran offer with the very same man prior to her wedding, Sarah embarks on a journey of self discovery to track down Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), the man she suspects of being her biological father. The cast of RUMOR HAS IT... also includes Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald, Steve Sandvoss, Mena Suvari and Mike Vogel.

Warner Home Video has made RUMOR HAS IT... available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for 16:9 displays. In typical Warner fashion, RUMOR HAS IT... has been provided with a super looking presentation on DVD. The image is generally quite sharp and nicely defined. Mild softness creeps in, in a few places, but it is never worth complaining about. Colors are bright and vibrant, in addition to producing very appealing flesh tones. Blacks are solid, as are the whites. Contrast and shadow detail are also very good. The film elements appear virtually pristine and digital compression artifacts never offer a cause for concern.

RUMOR HAS IT... features a fairly standard comedy mix on its Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Most of the sound is localized to the forward soundstage, while the surrounds provide general ambience and musical fill. There are some moments where the outlying channels see some action, but this mix certainly isnít going to show off oneís sound system. Fidelity is excellent, with the track creating a good musical presence throughout. The bass channel is solid enough to keep the track from becoming anemic, but the material doesnít lend itself to anything else. Voices have a warm, natural quality, plus the filmís dialogue is always completely understandable. A French 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles. Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as theatrical trailer.

RUMOR HAS IT... is an amusing little comedy that truly comes to life every time Shirley MacLaine is on the screen. Warnerís widescreen DVD looks and sounds great, and is the best way to check out the movie this side of hi-def.



Rumor Has It... (Widescreen Edition) (2005)



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