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Movie: Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence star in this extremely funny 1997 comedy. Robbins stars as Nick Beam, an executive who's come home to find that his wife is having an affair with his boss. He goes out for a drive and before he knows it, he's stuck with a carjacker named T. Paul(Lawrence).

Before the two of them know it, they're off to the desert, planning a way to get back and Nick's boss, all the while arguing between each other and trying to not to kill each other. It's the usual buddy movie as the two plan a heist, but what I enjoyed about this film is that not only do most of the jokes work, but Lawrence and Robbins actually make a great comic team together.

There are some slow moments, but for the most part "Nothing To Lose" works suprisingly well and delivers plenty of laughs and underneath the R-rated exterior, there are some kind moments that are quite nice in a film like this.

VIDEO: Passable, but not really one of Disney's better efforts. Unfortunately, the sharpness level is too high, occasionally giving the picture a slightly jagged and unnatural feel. The picture generally is clear, although as stated before, not terribly clean and "film-like" due to slightly overdoing the sharpness. Colors fare fine; they're natural, although occasionally they seem a tad muted compared to how this film looked in the theater. Problems with the print occasionally make themselves known such as a few noticeable blemishes and there are a few slight instances of compression artifacts. Contrast is fair and flesh tones look realistic, but slightly pale. Detail, especially in the nightime scenes, is definitely lacking. Watchable, but not great and definitely not the best Disney's ever done(which isn't saying much, really.)

SOUND: Pretty good, but a little less than expected. The rap and rock songs sound very good, but not as full or dynamic as they could be. Dialogue is clear, but slightly thin sounding. Surrounds are used nicely throughout, bringing forth an effective and entertaining sound stage.

MENUS: Non-anamated film-themed menus. As one of the early Disney discs, this is a good example of just how pitifully basic menus were. Also a good indication of just how far DVD menus have advanced.

EXTRAS: A full frame trailer.


GRADES:
The Film: 89/B+ = (445/500 possible points)
Video: 79/C+ = (316/400 possible points)
Audio: 85/B = (340/400 possible points)
Extras: 69/D+ = (207/300 possible points)
Menus: 66/D = (132/200 possible points)
Value: 81/B = (243/300 possible points)
Presentation:75/C = (75/100 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1758/2200
Overall:79.90%/C+
Final Thoughts: Extremely funny film, but I didn't care for the presentation- just a basic trailer and fair audio/video. It's definitely funny and worth a look, if only as a rental.

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Nothing To Lose
Touchstone Home Video
1.85:1/ Dolby Digital 5.1
97 Minutes
English/Spanish Subtitles
Dual Layer:No
Rated:R
Anamorphic:No
Region:1