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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 26, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan star in "Prelude To A Kiss", a 1992 film based on a play by Craig Lucas. It's a light film, a fairy tale of sorts that starts off rather flat and begins to work for a while before taking an odd twist. Baldwin plays Peter and Rita plays bartender Rita. Both of them meet cute at a party and then find themselves instantly falling in love. The two are cute together once we've established they've falled for one another, but the two can't convince that they've simply fallen in love at first sight. Peter: "Let's get married." Rita: "ok."

...And for a while, everything seems okay. Rita and Peter talk about the state of the world, their relationships and life; some of this dialogue from Lucas' screenplay is engaging and interesting - some of it though, begins to ramble. It comes as no suprise when Peter and Rita get married - it does come as a bit of a suprise when Rita ends up getting magically transfered into the body of an old man. The old man, Julius, whose health is growing poorer by the day, congratulates Rita's marriage with a kiss, and that's when the change begins.

The two go on their Honeymoon and after quite a while, it finally dawns on Peter what's going on as he tries to find a way to switch the two back. I didn't feel that the two leads generated much chemistry. Baldwin's performance remains somewhat flat (the only role I've enjoyed him in was in "The Edge"). I've enjoyed Ryan more in several other films, most notably "French Kiss".

Overall, it's a movie with a few good moments but a lot of central elements that don't work.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Prelude To A Kiss" is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer from Fox. Although it's certainly watchable and fairly enjoyable, it isn't the studio's best DVD work in recent months. Sharpness and detail are okay; some scenes in general has a slightly soft feel to them and some dimly lit scenes lacked detail and seemed slightly dark.

Aside from those few minor complaints about the picture lacking a sort of "crispness", I didn't find too much else to be concerned about. Some very slight pixelation pops up in a couple of scenes, but is visible briefly and doesn't cause a distraction. Print flaws appear as well, but they were pretty rare - now and then a small mark or two would appear, but these were very isolated incidents.

Colors seem a bit soft looking at times, but usually look natural and not faded. Overall, this is a fine presentation, but lacks a certain smoothness.

SOUND: "Prelude To A Kiss" is presented in Dolby Digital 4.0, and remains a pretty simple audio presentation. Howard Shore's score sounds clear and crisp, but mainly stays in the front speakers. The surrounds aren't hardly used, if at all. Dialgoue remains a little edgy sounding at times, but usually is clear and without flaw.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.

EXTRAS: Trailers for "Prelude to a Kiss", "Courage Under Fire", "Picture Perfect", "Walk In The Clouds, "French Kiss" and "Ever After".

Final Thoughts:

Positive: Fox's audio/video presentation is enjoyable, but not their best work.

Negative: I found the movie to be a rather slow and uninvolving affair with decent performances. Some good moments, but not great overall.

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