Pretty Woman

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Probably one of the first big successes of the 90’s, Pretty Woman (originally entitled $3000) is the story of a business tycoon, played by Richard Gere who meets a prostitute on Hollywood Boulevard. Edward Lewis (Gere) is lost in downtown Los Angeles, and “meets” Vivian Ward asking for directions. She eventually shows him and the two end up spending the night together, Lewis just needs the company “someone to talk to” as he put it. It turns out that they hit it off and he asks her to stay the week, for the price of…$3000. During this week, Vivian (Julia Roberts) tries to get used to the lifestyle that Edward wants her to be living. But, people tend to judge a book by it’s cover and she is treated like dirt.

With the help of the hotel manager, played by Hector Elizondo the clean her up and she’s “ready for the ball”. After all, it is a modern day fairy tale of the movie. What happens during their week together is that they fall in love. Two people, who are total opposites see something in each other. It really is a great story and the two “work” really well together. One of my favorite movies.

Video: How does it look?

This DVD is basically a rehash of the laserdisc that came out a few years ago. The picture quality is so-so at best. I noticed some artifacting and shimmering that would have been eliminated, had there been 16:9 enhancement, but we all know that this is a Disney title, so the answer to that question is “NO”. Still, it is the best out there, so if you’re a fan of the movie (and many people are), this is one to have.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 2.0 (suround) mix is used faily well here. There’s really no need for a full 5.1 mix, although it would be nice. This is basically a dialogue-driven movie. A few scenes with songs, “Oh, Pretty Woman” being one, sound good.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A theatrical trailer is shown, and the movie is the director’s cut (with about 10 additional minutes of footage), but noting too spectatular. The audio commentary on this movie is among the best I’ve heard. Garry Marshall gives all the details about the movie and really makes the commentary interesting. For instance, did you know that he used 384,000 feet of film while shooting “Pretty Woman”? Anyhow, you get a great movie and a great commentary. You can’t say that too often.

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