The Bridges Of Madison County – Deluxe Edition (1995)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Feature: C
admit that Clint Eastwood took a risk in making Robert James Waller’s The Bridges Of Madison County into a 1995
film, not just because of the adultery angle, but by daring to cast Meryl
Streep in the female lead when it was somehow expected a young actress would be
cast to maximize the showiness and box office.
This paid off when the film was a critical success, despite not doing
the business expected.
this, I was never happy with the film, despite being better than some tired,
predictable packaged mess. It just did
not have much to show or say, despite the good acting and smart leisurely
approach Eastwood rightly took. Streep
was also unrecognizable in some respects, pulling off scene-stealing
moments. Ultimately, it was for fans of
the book and lighter than I would have liked.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is a little soft, but the transfer
material is consistent enough and watchable.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has weak surrounds, but this is a
decently-recorded film and both should play back more clearly when the Blu-ray
is issued. Extras include a Music Video,
trailer, making of featurette and audio commentary by Director of Photography
Jack N. Green and Editor Joel Cox.
- Nicholas Sheffo