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Review by Marc Girdler | posted February 1, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: If you're a romantic comedy fan, like me, you will want to take a look at Mr. Wonderful, a movie that offers a fresh look at love, the second time around. Gus and Lee were deeply in love, and had a happy marriage, for a while. Now they are divorced, but that doesn't stop Gus from having some feelings for his ex wife, after all, he still loves her. So he does what few ex husbands would do, he helps her find a new man, a new love, so that she can be happy again. Certainly Gus cares about Lee, but he also knows his alimony checks are forcing him into financial trouble, and if Lee finds someone new, he's off the hook. But Gus' intentions are good at heart, so he aides Lee in finding a new person to light up her life. If he doesn't find a guy soon though, his dream will be crushed, the dream of revamping a local bowling alley, which he needs that alimony money for. After some time, a man does appear that just might be the next "Mr. Wonderful" for Lee, and you would think Gus is satisfied. Gus however, after all the time together with his ex wife, has realized that he knows who Lee's perfect man is, himself!

Video: Mr. Wonderful is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, as well as an optional full screen transfer as well. The image is a little grainy, but nothing serious enough to scare you away. Some wear signs can be seen as well, but the flecks and nicks are not frequent enough to warrant much of a point deduction. Colors are natural, so they are not as bright as some films, but retain some vibrance, just on a more realistic scope. Black levels are good, with some overly dark scenes, but again, nothing to panic over. Compression errors were non existent, this is a very good transfer from Warner.

Audio: The disc's stereo surround track is more than adequate, as the material is not audio driven by nature. Dialogue is the focus point, and it sounds crisp and clean. I did have some problems with the vocal volume, which varied somewhat during the film. I had to adjust the volume a few times to hear the speakers. The score is typical romantic comedy style, which is fitting, with the surrounds giving it a fuller sound that I expected. This may not be the most powerful audio track, but it sounds great for this movie.

Extras: No bonus materials were included on this disc.

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