Waking Ned Devine

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * · · · · )

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I go back and fourth on this movie. On one hand, you have a sweet story set in a beautiful land with simple but deep charactors. On the other hand you have basically an episode of Laverne and Shirly with the cast of Grumpy Old Men. Granted there is always something appealing of Braveheart like landscapes and soundtracks, and Irish accents, but the sit-com like plot really doesnt do justice to the setting and charactors. It certianly isnt a BAD movie, just a little too thin for my tastes I guess. I constantly had that feeling that they were just one step short of having Lenny spill the beans, even though I found a lot of moments very touching and real. The DVD was a dissappointment with a Dolby Surround mix (according to IMDB, this is the way the sound was mastered which is the only reason the DVD isnt a 0) and a non-anamorphic transfer. There is nothing but a trailer as far as extras. Frankly if I wanted 4x3 pictures and Dolby Surround sound with no extras, I would have stuck with VHS. Rent it in whatever format you choose, but this is far from a demo disc except for a way NOT to produce a DVD.