Plot: What’s it about?
Val Kilmer, who I think is one of the most underrated actors out there, plays a blind man who regains his sight. An archatect from New York City goes to a relaxation spa for the weekend and meets Virgil (Kilmer), he is a massuse at the spa. She falls for him, but before fully realizing that he is blind. A few days later, while looking thorough his scrap book, she finds an article about a surgery that can restore sight to people like Virgil. She does convince him to go to New York and get the surgery.
The surgery is a success and a good majority of the movie shows us how Virgil gets used to being able to have use of his fifth sense (I never really thought about it, but it would be very awkward). As the relationship between Virgil and Amy (Sorvino) starts to crumble, so does Virgil’s eyesight. He visits the doctor and is told that he will eventually go back to being blind.
Both Virgil and Amy start to rebuild their relationship and Virgil “makes the most” of being able to see. He is an avid hockey fan, and even sees a Rangers game! There are minor appearances by Nathan Lane as his “visual therapist”, Steven (Wings) Weber as Amy’s ex-husband and Kelly McGillis as Virgil’s overbearing sister (boy has she gone downhill since ‘Top Gun’)!
Overall, I thought it was a very entertaining movie. It’s sad, but being based on a true story, we accept it. Kilmer gives a great performance and I just might have to check out Mira Sorvino in a few of her other films as well…
Video: How does it look?
This disc has both full frame and widescreen formats, something that has rapidly disappeared since DVD’s inception. The 16:9 picture, as with most, is flawless. The colors are sharp and vivid and not a hint of digital artifacting.
Audio: How does it sound?
A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is used rather sparingly. I would call it a Dolby Surround mix if I didn’t know better. This movie isn’t about sound, though, so they don’t make it so.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Other than a theatrical trailer and a four page booklet (which, to me, is just something to lose) you don’t get much else. Unless you want to watch the movie in subtitles! A general rule of thumb…more is better!