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    DVD Video - Reviews [Saving Grace]


    Saving Grace

    Release Date:

    Studio: New Line
    Year: 2000
    Run Time: 93 minutes
    Rating: R
    Starring: Tcheky Karyo, Martin Clunes, Craig Ferguson, Brenda Blethyn, Jamie Foreman
    Directed by: Nigel Cole
    Produced by: Mark Crowdy
    Written by: Craig Ferguson and Mark Crowdy
      Movie Summary: [Comedy]

        Find out what happens when a financially challenged widow and a warm-hearted caretaker team up for a joint venture that changes their lives forever.

    DVD Details
    • Widescreen: 2.35:1, Pan & Scan, Color, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Closed Captioned, Region 1
    • Audio Commentary, Trailer
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    Reviewer: Fred E. Fischer IV


            I f you enjoyed Waking Ned Devine youíll love Saving Grace! Itís inspirational! Itís funny! Itís a film you can watch with your mom! Itís a film about marijuana? Wait a minute. A film about the cultivation of a certain illegal cash crop is something you can watch with your mom? Yes. And the two of you will be better people after having done so. You might even light one up together.

    Brenda Blethyn [Secrets and Lies, Little Voice] has recently been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Saving Grace, and deservedly so. She does an excellent job at playing the innocent green thumbed Grace. Grace is a recent widow whose husband has left her with tremendous volumes of debt after jumping from a plane sans parachute. Well, the fun part comes in when she and her down-on-his-luck groundskeeper hatch a plan to overcome their respective financial woes. Now I donít want to give too much away so Iíll just say this; their plan involves growing marijuana and you will laugh. Oh yes my friend, you will laugh.

    Letís talk about the video quality, shall we. Saving Grace is a spotless transfer. The film looks simply beautiful and I couldnít really find anything negative to say about the video presentation. You can watch the film in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or you can watch it in a modified version if youíre one of the few whoíd rather die than see those black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Donít fret all you widescreen television owners out there, this disc is anamorphic as well so you too can choose to watch the film with minimal black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. You know what else, this isnít one of those annoying discs that you have to flip over to view the film in widescreen or standard format. Itís all on one side, baby, so you wonít even have to get out of your chair if you suddenly feel like watching the film half in standard and half in widescreen. I honestly donít know why you would be doing something like that, but the option is there nonetheless.

    As far as audio goes, donít look for anything spectacular here. Youíve got your basic 5.1 and 2.0 sound mixes. A film like this doesnít really need something like DTS though. Itís a small film that can get by without having tremendous audio quality. Iím not saying the sound is bad, Iím just saying that this film would be fine even if the audio was a little on the low-budget side. Now some of the songs in the film I did have a problem with. How a Filter song slipped into this little British film I will never know. Regardless, the audio quality in Saving Grace is quite good and you audiophiles out there shouldnít be too disappointed.

    Iím afraid to move on to the special features as this disc doesnít have many and I fear a mutiny from my audience. But alas, there are two audio commentaries for your listening enjoyment even though Iím sure most of you who pick up the disc will never listen to them both in their entirety. No offense, I often have trouble with some those pesky commentaries myself. The commentaries on this disc are your basic run of the mill commentaries with actors, writers and the director all talking about the production of the film. The disc also has some selected cast and crew filmographies as well as an entertaining little trailer. But donít even bother with the supposed DVD-ROM content. Itís just a link to the filmís website and when I visited the site it looked as though there was little there that was not already on the disc. Sorry, there are no deleted scenes or featurettes here. So if you buy DVDs strictly for the bonus content you should probably avoid this one.

    Like I said before, if you enjoyed Waking Ned Devine youíll enjoy Saving Grace. For that matter, if you like any British comedy, youíll enjoy Saving Grace. Iím not really sure that I would recommend buying it as it has few extras but I urge you to at least go out and rent it. It is a nice little film and it has some excellent cinematography.


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