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Review by Blake Kunisch | posted September 1, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie: Simpatico, while trying to make the jump from play to screen, as few movies can, ends up a jumbled mess when all is said and done. On top of this flat storyline, the ending leaves the audience questioning the motivations behind it. Why did Carter and Vinnie make the decisions they did at the end? What were their true motivations? Unfortunately, they are never revealed in the movie and it leaves the movie pretty flat overall. If it weren't for the supporting cast, the movie would have been a complete loss. Unfortunately, Simpatico is a play that should have stayed on stage and not have been adapted for the screen.

The Picture: The picture is almost perfect. There's a couple minor imperfections resulting from a less than stellar original print and a couple frames with pixelization, but other than that I didn't notice any problems. The colors were vibrant and strong and the sharpness was good throughout. New Line did a good job with this anamorphic transfer, but I've seen better.

The Sound: Being adapted from a play, one would expect this movie to be mainly dialogue-driven - and because it is, there isn't much sound to evaluate. The dialogue is clear throughout and I didn't have any problems with the Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Extras: There aren't any extras included except for a trailer which makes the movie look better than it was - New Line had originally hoped to have some Oscar nominations for this film, but all they got was a Georgie nomination for Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Feature: Frances Mathias - how exciting!

Conclusion: Once again, it basically comes down to the movie in the case of this disc. There's nothing exciting about the extras or the menus, so if you liked the movie, pick it up, if not, skip it - the $25 price tag is a bit high for this quality of disc.

DVD Review by Blake Kunisch of Movielocity.com.

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