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Nobody's Fool

review by Zach B.

 

 

 

Sully (Paul Newman) is a lonely man who lives in the upstate New York town of North Bath. Sully has a number things going on in his life: a lawsuit against a contruction company and his son's reappearance, along with Sully's grandson and a few romantic considerations. But by the end, Sully realizes something... something he's missed his own life. Sad to say, it's something not everyone gets to realize.

Fun Fact: The film received two Oscar® nominations: one for Paul Newman's performance and the other for Robert Benton's screenplay adaptation.

 

 

Making it's long awaited DVD debut, "Nobody's Fool" looks pretty great. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the movie looks very sharp and has a lot of good qualities to it. Detail is excellent, colors are boldy saturated and fleshtones look very nice. The gorgeous cinematography is nicely represented on this release. The only downsides to the transfer though is that it can be a bit grainy, and that there are occassional dirt pieces and blemishes. Nonetheless, this release captures the movie's strong and likeable visuals.

 

 

The English 5.1 Dolby Digital track was much better than I antcipated. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear while Howard Shore's wonderful and tender score fills up the speakers very nicely and really gives you a strong feel for the town of North Bath. The surround effects are also good, such as the scene where Sully loads up cinder blocks and the snowblower being powered, among other things. All the sound elements work together nicely and none are overpowering. Good stuff. Also included are English subtitles, English closed captions and an English Dolby Surround track.

 

 

Sadly, nothing.

 

 

A very fine comedic drama is finally on DVD with a great transfer and fine Dolby Digital track. Too bad there is not a single extra.

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $`19.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (17 Scenes)

Released: September 9th, 2003

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Some Language and Nudity)

Running Time: 110 minutes

Starring: Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith

Based upon the novel by: Richard Russo

Written For The Screen and Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich