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Addicted To Love

review by James S.

 

Rated R

Running Time: 99 minutes

Starring Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston

Studio: Warner Brothers

Directed by Griffin Dunne

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen, 4:3 Standard, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround English, Dolby Digital Surround French, English, French, and Spanish Captions, Chapter Search

Sam (Matthew Broderick) is hopelessly in love with girlfriend Linda (Kelly Preston). When Linda doesn't come back after a two-month development program in New York City, Sam packs his bags to win back his girl. Unfortunately for Sam, Linda has fallen for Anton, a Frenchmen on the rebound from his ex Maggie (Meg Ryan). Sam takes up residence in an abandoned building across from Anton's apartment in an effort to chart the new couple's progress and predict a potential breakup. Anton's ex Maggie simply wants revenge. While Sam wants his girl back, Maggie wants nothing short of torture for her ex. The two team up to break the couple up. Their diabolical plans turn this romantic comedy into a wonderful story of developing relationships.

Warner does a good job with the film transfer. Much of the film utilizes a technique called camera obscura, in which a small hole in a dark room "captures" an outside image. The grainier and less clear images are intentional and add to the charm of the movie. Away from the optical illusions, the video is clear with exceptional color and clarity.

Being a romantic comedy, the sound is not overstated. There is a general lack of creative sound effects. Rather, the movie consists mostly of dialogue, which has clear voices.

Aside from the theatrical trailer, the features in Addicted to Love are static. Production notes are lengthy and interesting. They make mention that the script was originally presented in 1990 yet didn't make it to production many years later. The description of the camera obscura process makes for interesting reading.

I wonder if Meg Ryan is somehow typecast. Aside from a few roles in dramas, she seems stuck in romantic comedies. That's fine by me. She does the part perfectly. Matching her up with Matthew Broderick results in a wonderful movie. The DVD has exceptional sound and video. From a features viewpoint, there isn't much separating this title from a budget release, however.

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