The Cutting Edge
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 11, 2001
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The Movie:

There's really nothing new about "The Cutting Edge", now or when it was released in 1992, except for the fact that it combines two genres rather well, the sports drama and a romance. The movie stars Moira Kelly as a skater with an attitude problem and DB Sweeney as a former hockey player who has been taken out of the game by an eye injury.

She's taken out several skating partners already, who find working with her to be torture. Sweeney's character is the one who seems to be able to take her foul temper and work with it. Obviously, there's an undercurrent of attraction, and I'll leave you to guess whether or not the two end up falling for each other.

The two make a cute pairing, one of those screen pairings where the two actors are forced to hate one another for the roles, but you'd guess that they were playful when the cameras stopped rolling. Also features solid cinematography by Elliot Davis ("Out Of Sight", "Forces Of Nature"). A cute romantic sports film - a "sports" chick flick, I suppose. Nothing too original, but the performances help take it further than the material.


The DVD

VIDEO:MGM presents "The Cutting Edge" in a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer; the opening minutes look worn with some mild scratches, but after that it settles in and looks halfway decent although still not as good as it could look. Sharpness is usually pretty respectable; some scenes seem to look intentionally rather soft. Detail and clarity vary, usually from fair to good.

Print flaws still make appearances throughout the rest of the movie. Small marks and scratches are noticable and are visible more frequently than I'd like to see, even on - actually, especially on - a movie that's only a little less than 9 years old. A few slight traces of pixelation and shimmer are visible, although the print flaws remain the most irritating problem. Some scenes look slightly grainy, as well.

Colors mostly look accurate, although there are some outdoor scenes throughout the movie that seemed to look rather washed out and bland. "The Cutting Edge" is another MGM presentation that thankfully is anamorphic, but still displays several noticable flaws.

SOUND: The sound is Dolby 2.0, and actually not terribly uneffective. The movie is almost all music and dialogue, and although the music doesn't sound dynamic or rich, it manages not sound flat or thin, either. Not a high compliment, but that's what the title does offer. Dialogue manages to be fairly strong, sounding natural and easily heard.

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

EXTRAS: The trailer.

Final Thoughts: At $9.99 at most stores, this is generally a passable offering for fans of the movie. Image quality is still below expectations, but manages to stay watchable.



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