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Review by Heather Picker | posted January 13, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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An uninvolving but well-acted remake of the French film "The Return of Martin Guerre," Jon Amiel's "Sommersby" is an unremarkable DVD because of its lackluster transfer. The premise is interesting. Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) is a man who wasn't fondly remembered, he was held in low-regard by many and when he returned from the Civil War it was as though he was a different person entirely. Now he is nice and warm and clever, prompting the suspicion of those around him, including his wife, Laurel (Jodie Foster). Gere and Foster don't have much in the way of chemistry, but both serve their roles justice.

"Sommersby" is was wonderfully shot, but the transfer leaves much to be desired. Artifacts are present; there is shimmering and lots of pixelization. You have the choice of watching it anamorphically enhanced or standard. The audio is of higher quality, the 2.0 surround track presents both dialogue and the score nicely. Nothing is too soft, nor does anything sound harsh. Other features include interactive menus, the theatrical trailer, scene access, a French 2.0 track, and French and English subtitles.
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