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Message in a Bottle
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Review by Marc Girdler | posted January 28, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: Theresa (Robin Wright) , a reporter from Chicago, ventures to New England and her life changes forever. While walking along the shoreline, she happens upon a bottle floating in the glistening waters. She opens up the bottle, and discovers inside a love letter, whose author was obviously smitten with whoever the letter was meant for. Theresa is overwhelmed by the letter, as are her coworkers she shows it to. The letter ends up printed in the newspaper, the public goes nuts for it, and her editor sends Theresa out to find the man who wrote the letter. Needless to say, she does find the man, Garret Blake(Kevin Costner), who in the midst of rebuilding his life. The rest of the movie is best left for the audience to uncover on their own, although if you think about it a little, I'm sure you'll figure it out.

Message in a Bottle is a romantic movie, and a predictable one at that. But, aren't all romantic comedies and such predictable? That's why people like them, they're uplifted by the love contained in those movies. I do enjoy some romantic comdies from time to time, so I thought this would follow suit. The comedy is not there, it's more of a touching drama than anything. The performances by Wright and Costner are good, and the two tend to interact well. Paul Newman also has some screen time and gives a solid supporting turn. Now, this may not be the most original movie on Earth, but it's entertaining and romantic, so if you want to warm someone's heart some evening, pop this in, it'll turn the trick.

Video: Message in a Bottle is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This transfer is spectacular, with no serious issues to discuss. Colors are bright and vivids, with special focus on the outdoor scenes, and flesh tones are natural. Black levels are deep, with perfect shadow depth and no detail loss as well. Compression went smooth as silk, because the disc has no problems with artifacts, aside from some tiny shimmers here and there.

Audio: The disc's audio is presented with a 5.1 track, which is very good, but only really comes to life with the movie's score. The score is outstanding, in both sound and mood setting. The score alone added a little to the movie's overall score, with powerful and fitting tones. Aside from some slight bass activity and spatial sounds, the audio is not very active. Dialogue is the focus, and it sounds excellent, with clear vocals and no volume issues.

Extras: This disc has a bounty of the good stuff, with the theatrical trailer, a running commentary, deleted scenes, and even some hidden featurettes. The hidden goodies are viewed by clicking on the little bottles when they appear. The 5 bonus bottles each contain a short video clip showing the technical side of a certain special effect. They're easy to find, so don't sweat it out. The deleted scenes are a fun plus, but you can see why they ended up on the floor, and you can choose to hear commentary over them as well. The final bonus piece is the running commentary with the director and producer, which is a decent one, but lacks insight into the movie.

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