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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Six Ways to Sunday
Six Ways to Sunday
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Review by Chris Hughes | posted March 3, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Features: Widescreen Anamorphic - 1.85:1Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Theatrical trailer.

The Movie:
Harry Odum (Norman Reedus) is more than a little messed up psychologically, but who could blame him? He's got the mother from hell. The doting Mrs. Odum (Debbie Harry) wants to be the only woman in her 18-year-old son's life and she'll do anything to assure his never-ending devotion. Their disturbingly close relationship is about to be shattered though when young Harry discovers that his violent temperament makes him a prime candidate for mob indoctrination as an apprentice hit-man. From this premise unfolds a deliciously stylish dark comedy about love, sex, violence and betrayal.

Six Ways to Sunday is a skillfully directed collection of set pieces and cinematic devices held together with a reasonably good plot and an outstanding performance by Debbie Harry. Though Norman Reedus' characterization feels a little flat and the plot can be confusing at times Six Ways to Sunday succeeds in the creation of an internally consistent surreal environment populated by people you love to loath. What flaws it has are easily offset by Debbie Harry's engaging realization of Mrs. Odum. She comes across as a living version of Norman Bates' mother in Hitchcock's Psycho.

The Picture:
The A Pix release of Six Ways to Sunday features an anamorphic transfer but the video quality is less than perfect. The images look very grainy in low light scenes and the contrast is a touch too flat. In addition the transfer is overly dark and the colors seem washed out. On the positive side there are no digital artifacts to be seen and the film elements are clean.

The Sound:
A Pix retrofitted Six Ways to Sunday with a Dolby 5.1 audio mix and it sounds quite good. The soundstage is broad, features numerous panning effects and envelops the listener with lots of subtle ambience in the surrounds. The LFE channel gets a good workout in the action sequences without notable distortion and neither it nor the score ever overwhelm dialogue. The original Dolby Stereo track is also included but it seems to have an unusually limited dynamic range and isn't very satisfying.

The Extras:
This DVD is presented as a Special Edition but don't be fooled; the extras here are nonexistent. The only thing you get is the theatrical trailer (at least it's in widescreen and anamorphic.)

Conclusion:
A Pix needs a slap on the wrist for their treatment of this film. It deserved a better transfer and the Special Edition designation should either have been removed or made good on with some ancillary content. In spite of those flaws Six Ways to Sunday is an entertaining film and with a street price of 19.95 isn't a bad deal.
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