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The Trip To Bountiful (2014 Telefilm Remake/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B Extras: D Telefilm: B+

Carrie Watts (Cicely Tyson) lives with her adult son and his wife, but while her son no longer needs her care or guidance. She feels the desire to return to her birthplace, Bountiful, the place where she grew up in, but when she is forbidden to travel, she begs to return to see it one last time. Carrie decides to sneaks off on a journey of her own ...one way or another she is going home. Mrs. Watts has lived a full life knowing her son is grown man, married and has a job.

She to her daughter-in-law, to her, her usefulness to them is only her monthly government pension check. Longing to visit the past and place she was born in, she secretly buys a bus ticket home, but not without her son discovering her ruse and chasing her after her. Along her journey, Mrs. Watts encounters others along the way who help her as she shares her story and her desire to return home.

The journey home... there is no place like it. Even if things aren't the same or even no longer there, we somehow still long to return to the place where we once came. The telefilm, a remake of the 1980s David Lean feature film, is about one woman's final journey home, even though everyone she knew is no longer alive and the town is gone, perhaps the journey alone is enough to remind her what was so important, she reminds her son that one should never forget their roots.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is a bit better. There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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