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Milk Money


Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: D†††† Film: C-



In 1994 a very bizarre little film came out called Milk Money, which starred Melanie Griffith and a still semi-unknown Ed Harris.The story would be about three pre-teen boys who save up their Ďmilk moneyí in order to see a naked woman.If the story would have ended there, it may not have been so bad, but this is only the beginning.Believe it or not, but the hooker that they pay (Melanie Griffith) ends up becoming slightly attached to the little tikes and begins to stay at one of the boys homes.


The boyís widowed father (Harris) actually believes at first that this new woman is a math tutor!The mother is deceased, which might have something to do with marrying a man thatís as dense as this guy. The story becomes more ridiculous as a bond grows between the three of them, which goes along for a little while until some conflict needs to occur in an attempt to build some tension.Enter the hookerís pimp, who begins a search for her and low and behold he eventually finds her.The stories climax occurs at a school dance, where the newly found relationship between the boys father and his hooker turned housewife begins to unfold as he learns the truth of her past when he meets her pimp.What a shocker to find out that your new girlfriend is a hooker, but thatís no problem right?After all they are in love and she will make such a perfect mother.


Brought to DVD someone late in the game, Paramount has finally issued Milk Money onto the format.I doubt that there was much of a waiting line, but for those that enjoy a slight twist on family orienting programming, might want to see this picture.Presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer at 1.85 X 1, Milk Money appears to be a recycling from a laserdisc transfer.There is a considerable amount of grain on this transfer, which also has some analog issues as well.Colors tend to bleed and the overall detail level is never fully sharp.This was also the same problem with Paramountís DVD of Fatal Attraction, which either means they are recycling poor transfers, or that their equipment is outdated.


The soundtrack is presented here in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which works, but is nothing spectacular as the film seldom has material that becomes engaging.Music, dialogue, and some standard on-set sounds come through adequately, despite being mostly front heavy.There are zero supplements on this DVD, which can be either a blessing or a curse.Those who are fans might want to see some supplements, while others might be glad that we do not get to hear those involved with this film ramble on and attempt to justify this crazy story.Thankfully the director, Richard Benjamin has made very little since, which after seeing this film itís easy to see why.



-†† Nate Goss


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