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In Short: Another absolutely featureless disc from Disney. Beautiful image, though.

The film:

"A Walk On The Moon" stars Diane Lane, Viggo Mortgensen and Anna Paquin in a story about a family on vacation in the Catskills in 1969. Part love story, part drama about growing up, it's unfortunate that neither side sustains much interest in this film. Lane plays Pearl, a housewife married to Marty(Liev Schriver). Neither are happy, nor is their 14 year old daughter(Anna Paquin), but on vacation, things begin to happen, and eventually, Pearl has an affair with a traveling "Blouse Salesman"(Mortgensen). The acting by everyone involved certainly isn't the problem, it's mainly the dialogue(which feels more "TV Movie-Of-The-Week" than anything, and the impressively slow pace at which the story unfolds.

As far as the DVD goes, it's definitely one of the better non-anamorphic transfers that I've ever seen from Miramax( or its parent company Disney, for that matter). The film is bathed in sort of a golden light and images are consisntently rich throughout, with deep, strong colors and hues. There are quite a few scenes throughout the film in the outdoors that look quite excellent, especially coming from a studio like Disney. Scenes generally contain good detail, with the surrounding countryside looking crisp and defined. Although a few of the nighttime scenes look a touch on the soft side, the majority of the film looks very pleasing, consistently sharp and clean. The only problem that the image runs into (and nicely, not very often at all) is an occasional touch of shimmering. In terms of audio, this is mainly a dialogue-focused picture, although there are some nice, subtle touches of ambient sounds carried through. The score, full of classic pop tunes, comes through nicely as well. Dialogue also has no faults, clear and nicely integrated.

While technically there isn't much wrong with the DVD, there isn't much else to it, either. Miramax has included no extra features whatsoever with this release. Although the picture quality is really beautiful at times, the movie is more of something I would maybe recommend as a rental either way.

The Film: 75/C = (375/500 possible points)
Video 92/A = (368/400 possible points)
Audio: 85/B = (340/400 possible points)
Extras: 0/F = (0/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 70/C = (210/300 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1433/2100

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DVD Information

A Walk On The Moon
Miramax Home Video
Dolby Digital 5.1
107 Minutes
Dual Layer:No
Released On DVD: 10/19/99

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