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Sweet Bird Of Youth (1989/Telefilm/Tango Entertainment)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Telefilm: C

 

 

The 1962 feature film version of Sweet Bird Of Youth had tension in the hands of the capable Richard Brooks, stars Paul Newman and Geraldine Page.The 1989 TV movie with Mark Harmon and Elizabeth Taylor could have worked, especially with a clever, innovative director like Nicolas Roeg.Unfortunately, it is a flat exercise with Roeg hampered by Cavin Lambertís teleplay and network TV censorship.

 

It does not help that Roeg was not in top form and the result is 96 minutes that drags on and on, with nothing good realized and feeling like the phoniest of package deals.†† Even Rip Torn and Valerie Perrine cannot perk up this flat flick that stops new generations from reading books.Only for the most curious.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is surprisingly soft from older analog transfers with detail issues, motion blur and aliasing issues.The Dolby Digital 2.0 is barely stereo and passable, more like a TV recording of the time, with bad sound-alike hits to boot.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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