Up" on DVD
Hanging Up, is described in the quotes on the box as Brilliant,
and an irresistible comedy.
it. Whoever came up with those quotes either didnt see the movie
or were blinded by seeing a girl movie in all its glory. Or
maybe the reviews were misquoted.
Now, this reviewer
isnt a girl, but that doesnt make him unqualified to review
Hanging Up, which his wife (who is a girl) also found substandard.
Hanging up follows
Eve (the luminous Meg Ryan) as she tries to keep uncountable balls in
the air at once. She also seems to spend her life on the cellular phone,
whether it be running her business, talking girl talk with her sisters
(Diane Keaton, who also directed, and Lisa Kudrow), or handling her curmudgeon
of a father (the late Walter Matthau) as he careens from one crisis to
Eve is the glue that
really holds her family together, the rock upon whom everyone else leans,
until finally shes had enough and lashes out at her sisters during
a moment of crisis.
This is a relationship
movie in the tradition of those Canadian art films that no one ever watches.
Well, perhaps that isnt fair; Hanging Up is still mainstream
it just isnt funny.
nothing seriously wrong with the movie but, while comedy may be in the
mind of the beholder, a film billed as sparkling and an
irresistible comedy should include at least one laugh.
is full of whining as the three main female leads bemoan their lot in
their busy lives. You like Meg Ryans character, and her sisters,
well enough, but the character you feel the most empathy for is Matthau,
whos the most realistic and three dimensional in the cast.
Up is based on the novel by Delia Ephron and is produced by Nora
Ephron (creator of other relatively unfunny chick flicks)
and Laurence Mark (of Jerry Maguire fame).
The DVD is offered
in both anamorphic widescreen and Pan&Scan versions, with Dolby Digital
5.1 sound, and the audio/video quality are lovely. For extras, you get
a deleted scene, an HBO First Look promotional making
of featurette, a gag reel (these are always fun to watch,
if you can keep from gagging). Theres also an isolated musical score
which is a nice feature talent files, production notes,
and the trailer.
Hanging Up, from Columbia
Tristar Home Video
95 minutes, Widescreen (1.85:1), Dolby Digital
Starring Meg Ryan, Walter Matthau, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow
Produced by Laurence Mark, Nora Ephron
Written by Delia Epron and Nora Ephron Directed by Diane Keaton
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