Knight at HOME at the Movies
Spring Is Here
Love is in the air and so is Sci-Fi - four titles worth checking out in this edition of DVD Recommendations.
Enchanted April - From Miramax. Making its long overdue DVD debut is this charming and romantic tale of four English ladies
who rent an Italian villa for a month to escape their stifling weather (and lives) just as spring is blossoming. This 1992 film from
Mike Newell is a leisurely, literate gem with a dream cast of expert performers (Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Alfred Molina,
Polly Walker, Joan Plowwright, Jim Broadbent, et al). Truly enchanting.
Last Chance Harvey – From Anchor Bay. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in a thoughtful, June-December romance, an
odd pairing of two lonely souls who find they might just have a chance at love. The two actors make this character study work.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – From Paramount. Director David Fincher's curiously beautiful, chillly and epic retelling
of the Fitzgerald novella stars Brad Pitt as the quiet man who ages backward and Cate Blanchett, ethereal and thrilling as usual, as
the dancer who he yearns for. Gorgeously conceived, sumptuously produced but with an empty center due to Pitt's black hole of a
character. More than worth a look, though if you haven't taken the lengthy journey. A second disc has loads of extras.
Galaxy Quest SE – From Paramount. Wise of Paramount to capitalize on the rebooting of their Star Trek franchise with the tie-in
home release of this surprisingly funny and endearing sci-fi comedy that stars Tim Allen and has nice comedic turns from Sigourney
Weaver and Tony Shalhoub. This 10th year special edition is rounded out with some new "making of/looking back" featurettes.