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RUNAWAY BRIDE

RUNAWAY BRIDE ($30) is a cute and funny romantic comedy certain to tickle the funny bone of anyone who enjoyed PRETTY WOMAN. Sure, there isn't a single moment in the film that isn't predictable, but the charismatic re-teaming of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere makes the movie enjoyable. In RUNAWAY BRIDE, Richard Gere portrays cynical newspaper columnist Ike Graham, who finds himself up against a deadline without an idea for a story. While wracking his brains at the local watering hole, another of the bar's patrons tells Ike the story of a small-town girl who has left a series of men at the alter. In his typical cynical fashion, Ike crafts a column about the "Runaway Bride" with a decidedly misogynist bent.

Julia Roberts plays Maggie Carpenter, the so-called "Runaway Bride" of the story who is distressed at having her life story made public at the national level. Maggie writes a letter to the editor that ends up getting Ike fired from the newspaper, because his column contained a number of factual errors that left the paper vulnerable to a lawsuit. To vindicate himself, Ike journeys to Maggie's home town so that he can witness her latest attempt at marriage- something that he is sure will result in another groom being left at the alter. As you might have guessed, the pending nuptials are doomed the moment that Ike and Maggie meet... The delightful cast of RUNAWAY BRIDE also features Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Paul Dooley, Christopher Meloni, Donal Logue, Reg Rogers, Yul Vazquez, Jane Morris, Lisa Roberts, Kathleen Marshall and Jean Schertler.

Paramount Home Entertainment delivers RUNAWAY BRIDE on DVD in an absolutely stunning presentation. RUNAWAY BRIDE is properly framed at 2.35:1 and the DVD features the anamorphic enhancement for playback on 16:9 displays. The transfer itself is phenomenal; making RUNAWAY BRIDE an ideal demo disc for any video store looking for a movie outside the action and science fiction genres. Image quality is absolutely first rate; the picture is sharp and brimming with detail. Like most glossy new movies, RUNAWAY BRIDE features colors that are beautifully saturated and flesh tones that are exceedingly healthy. Blacks are absolute pitch black, plus the image provides excellent shadow detail and incredibly smooth contrast. Thanks to the use of dual layer technology and smart authoring, digital compression artifacts are virtually non-existent.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack features your standard comedy mix; it sounds nice, but there isn't too much by way of directional effects. Dialogue reproduction is very clean and always intelligible. The musical score is well integrated into the track and may be the only component that creates stereo imaging and uses the surround channels on a consistent basis. English and French Dolby Surround soundtracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English subtitles.

The interactive menus are standard issue, offering the standard scene selection and set up features. Supplements are also accessible through the menu system. Director Garry Marshall provides an informative audio commentary that may actually be funnier than the film itself. Listening to Marshall talk about the film is such a pleasure that I wish that he could record commentaries for other people's movies! Also included on the DVD is a theatrical trailer, plus a Dixie Chicks music video for the song Ready To Run.

As I said above RUNAWAY BRIDE is a cute and enjoyable romantic comedy. Paramount has released a great looking DVD that fans will enjoy. However, it is Gary Marshall's audio commentary that makes this DVD an absolute winner in my book.

 
RUNAWAY BRIDE 



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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