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This 20th Anniversary release is a timely tribute to Whitney Houston. It arrives at blu ray with 1080p 1.85:1. The video is obviously dated for a 20 year old movie, but the picture is still very pleasant to watch, although details are generally soft. The blacks are crushing, with shadows consuming faces and other objects. Skin tones are accurate. Colours are also vibrant. (3.5/5)
Besides seeing Whitney Houston at her prime, another bonus is its excellent soundtrack, now in lossless DTS HD Master Audio 5.1. The dialogue is clear, but recorded too low when compared to the background music. The sound of music is vibrant and dynamic, with great bass. (4/5)
There are two songs that were nominated for Best Original Song Oscars: Run to You and I Have Nothing, but they lost to A Whole New World from Aladdin. The key to the soundtrack is of course the everlasting hit I Will Always Love You. You can clearly hear every octave change in Whitney's voice. Too bad it was not an original song, thus, it did not qualify for Oscar nomination. Otherwise, it would have been a shoe-in for Best Song. A very thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. For the audio of the music and songs in the movie (5/5)
It has an estimated budget of $16 million, but has deservedly grossed $411 million worldwide.
This film was originally proposed in the mid-'70s, starring Diana Ross and Steve McQueen, but was rejected as "too controversial". The film concept was to be attempted again in the late 1970s, with Ryan O'Neal and Diana Ross cast as the leads. The project fell through after only a few months because of irreconcilable differences between O'Neal and Ross, who had been dating.
Rachel's mansion is the same mansion as the "horse's head in the bed" mansion in The Godfather.
Rachel and Frank go and see Yojimbo, which was released in the United States as "The Bodyguard".
Did you know that Whitney Houston suffered a miscarriage during production and missed a couple of weeks of production recovering.
At the fictional Academy Awards ceremony, the Best Sound Oscar goes to Mychal Smith and Kay Colvin (who were in reality the Boom Operator and Cable Person respectively), the Best Song winner is written by Nancy Garber (who was really the film's Art Department Researcher) and one of the fictional nominated songwriters was Leslie Moraes (who was really the film's Assistant Location Manager).
Kevin Costner said that he based his portrayal of Frank Farmer on actor Steve McQueen. He even went as far as to get McQueen's trademark haircut for the role.
The wisecracking host at the fictional Academy Awards ceremony is comedian Robert Wuhl, who wrote jokes for Billy Crystal's Academy Awards hosting duties in 1990 and 1991.
Kevin Costner, during his eulogy at Whitney Houston's Feb. 18, 2012 funeral, related that when Whitney auditioned for her role, her makeup had begun running down her face. Before the audition, Whitney had hurriedly removed her movie-set makeup and had instead applied her regular show-business makeup she used at concerts so she would feel more normal. The heat of the lighting for her audition caused the replacement makeup to run. Kevin quickly halted the audition; Whitney returned to her trailer where she related what had happened to Kevin. The movie makeup was re-applied, and the audition was then successfully completed.
In the final scene depicting Frank serving as security at the political function, the clergy is asked to offer the "benediction" at the start of the meeting. The benediction is offered at the end of a service, not the beginning. The prayer offered at the beginning of any type of service or meeting such as this, is the "invocation."
A mock copy of the Hollywood Reporter newspaper announces the Oscar nomination for Whitney Houston's character on the same pages as the ratings for Game One of the World Series. But the Academy Award nominations are announced in February, months before the World Series in the Fall.
There seems to be some confusion over the lead character's name throughout the film. She is listed as "Rachel Marron" in the credits, but her last name is spelled differently in some of the death threat notes. Also, a fan holds up a brightly-coloured sign when the limo pulls up to the club halfway through the film and it says, "We Love Rachael" with an additional "a".
The Bodyguard blu-ray release couldn't have come at a better time. Besides being the film's 20th anniversary, it also makes a fine tribute to the late Whitney Houston. In a lot of ways, despite this being her first foray into movies, The Bodyguard is Houston's best and most memorable work. The film shows her at her most raw as an actress and at her most accomplished as a singer and showman. Besides Whitney Houston, the other real star is of course its excellent soundtrack, showcasing Whitney's unmatched vocal talents. This blu ray disc is highly recommended.
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