Art Of Passion (1994/aka Unconditional Love)
C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C
search for the meaning of art is a profound one, but so many films about art
get caught up in other issues that they do not work.† Some are even ambitious, like Arthur Bjorn
Egeliís Art Of Passion (1994,
originally released as Unconditional
Love by Prodigy) that ultimately do not hit the nail on the head as
intended.† Steve (Pablo Bryant) wants to
become an artist and is under the tutelage of a teacher whose idea of art makes
little sense but is too conformist.
staying in the great town of Cape Cod in its peak summer months, he works and
works on his craft, but at the same time gets distracted by no less than three
beautiful and interesting women.† Those
relationships have their moments, though the film fails to explore them enough
as the cut and cut down footage prove.†
Like that, there was a better film in here somewhere, but the debate
about art is so very badly handled that it ultimately undermines the entire
the unknown cats is not bad either, but Egeli ultimately talks about things
only he knows the meaning of if that.†
The art debate is especially lame and almost embarrassing.† The new title confirms this.
this was shot on film and the 1.33 X 1 image has some nice shots by Director Of
Photography Teresa Medina, but this transfer is way too soft and since it was
likely shot with a 1.85 X 1 aspect ratio in mind, anamorphic enhancement and/or
an HD transfer would have helped bring out the great location.† The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo fares a little
better, with faint Pro Logic surrounds at best from the original Dolby A-type analog
theatrical sound, but like the picture, a second generation issue might be at
hand in this presentation.
include text talent files, stills, original trailer, four extra scenes that are
often extended and should have remained in the film, interviews and text on the
music by composer Michael Errington.† The
menus take forever too, more noticeably so than usual.† What a mixed disc.
-†† Nicholas Sheffo