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SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS ($30) is an enjoyable little romantic comedy, but it isn't a film classic that will be remembered for the ages. The film opens with a New York couple that decides to take a vacation on Makatea, a small resort island off of Tahiti. For the couple, getting to Tahiti is nothing more than a routine flight on a commercial airliner. However, the final leg of their journey involves a short flight on a small commuter plane with a tourist-hating pilot. While they may have not have flown the friendly skies, our New York couple arrive in Makatea with only a couple of ruffled feathers. SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS stars Harrison Ford as Quinn Harris, the pilot who would rather be getting drunk in a local bar, than ferrying tourists back and forth.

Anne Heche and David Schwimmer portray the vacationing New Yorkers- fashion magazine editor Robin Monroe and her new fiancé Frank Martin. The big plot twist comes when Robin must fly back to Tahiti to supervise a photo shoot for her magazine. Of course, the only pilot available is the insufferable Quinn Harris. After bribing him to take her back to Tahiti, Quinn and Robin end up flying into a storm that forces them to make an emergency landing on a small uncharted island. The landing proves quite bumpy, trashing the small plane's landing gear. With their radio fried by the storm, the twosome find themselves Marooned in paradise. They try to make the best of a bad situation, however things go from bad to worse for the duo when they encounter some modern day pirates. As you might expect, there is the requisite bickering between Quinn and Robin, which is only the prelude to the dance… The cast of SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS also includes Jacqueline Obradors, Temuera Morrison, Allison Janney and Douglas Weston.

Touchstone Home Video has done a very nice job of bringing SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS to DVD. The film is offered in a beautiful Letterboxed transfer that restores the film’s 2.35:1 theatrical framing, without the benefit of the 16:9 anamorphic component for wide screen televisions. Despite the lack of the anamorphic component, SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS cannot be faulted when played back on a 4:3 display. This DVD displays a startling level of clarity in recreating the breathtaking tropical island vistas captured by Michael Chapman’s cinematography. The sharp, glossy image is rendered with minute detail on DVD. Color reproduction is also phenomenal. Flesh tones are completely natural, while the rest of the hues offer terrific saturation without any evidence of chroma noise or distortion. First rate DVD authoring completely disguised all traces of digital compression artifacts.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack perfectly complements the disc’s striking visuals. Like most recent Dolby Digital tracks, this one is fully directional and very active. The forward soundstage has excellent separation, while the rear channels offer split surround effects as well as a great deal of ambience. Bass reproduction is superb; there is a whole lot of kaboom in the storm and plane crash sequences, plus the film’s island influenced score uses a lot of percussion instruments that sound like are being played live. Dialogue has a very natural timbre, and is never buried in the busy sound mix. A French language track has also been encoded into the DVD, along with English subtitles.

The interactive menus are very basic, supplying the standard scene and language selection features, as well access to a theatrical trailer.




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



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