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Extasis (aka Ecstacy/1996/Lionsgate DVD)


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



An early Javier Bardem film showing his range, Mariano Barroso’s Extasis (1996) is an interesting, if inconsistent tale of a man who convinces his girlfriend to rob her family’s mom and pop business, then go on the run with him.  This leads to a crime road film, though with some character and introspection.  Fortunately, the performances are good enough to give this a good look.


Unfortunately, the script (by Barroso and Joaquin Oristrell) does not offer any surprises and when the 92 minutes are over (budget restrictions or not) one feels more could have been done and the result is not as memorable as it might have been when things started out.  At least it is ambitious and worth seeing.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is a bit soft, but the look of the film (even in this condition) is good, nicely lensed by Director of Photography Flavio Martinez Labiano, A.E.C., whose work deserves an HD upgrade.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is very good with decent Pro Logic surrounds.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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