This review refers to the DVD edition(Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment) of "Unstrung Heroes"......
In the mood for something just a little different? Try spending some time with Michael Richards and Maury Chaykin. They're about as different as you can get. They are Danny an Arthur Lidz, the two very eccentric brothers(not too far removed from Richard's 'Kramer' character on "Seinfeld")who take in their young nephew Steven when things at his house are a little tough to take.
Steven Lidz has always been a bit different from the rest of the kids, this no doubt due to the fact that his father is a bit of an eccentric himself.He is learning to deal with his father's way of life, but when he learns of his mother's terminal illness it's more than he can handle and runs away to stay with his uncles. Uncle Danny and Uncle Arthur are not the ideal choice for baby-sitters, but may be able to teach Steven and his father what's important in life.
The story based on a book by Franz Lidz(the now grown Steven), set in the 1950's, will evoke many emotions. It is touching, at times poignant, sometimes funny, but most of all, I found it to be very heartwarming. It a story of love and family.
Diane Keaton directs this emotional film, and gives us a look at her terrific behind the camera talents.Richards and Chaykin are perfectly cast in the roles of the uncles. Nathan Watt plays the young Steven(Franz) and holds his own with seasoned veterans Andie MacDowell and John Turturro as his parents.The music by Thomas Newman is as moving as the story, and was nominated for an Oscar.
The DVD is a good buy for the price. It has a nice clear picture, with good color and is presented in widescreen.The sound in Dolby Dig Surround(stereo) is very good.It may be viewed in French and has subtitles in Spanish only.There are no other features.
For a few smiles, a few tears, and lots of love, check this one out and enjoy.....Laurie