MINDLESS GOOD FUN WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID OF MANHATTAN,
This review is from: Splash (20th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual) (DVD)
"Splash" is one of those totally ridiculous, feel good, charmers from the mid-eighties that asks nothing more from its audience than to maintain its suspended belief in the romance between Joe Everybody (Tom Hanks) and an underwater fantasy creature (Darryl Hannah). John Candy costars as Tom's blithering idiot brother, whose one desire is to see his name published in Penthouse magazine. Ah, ambition! How does it all end? With anyone other than director, Ron Howard, it might have been superficial tripe. But with Howard, Hanks et al, we get a modern day fairy-tale of love on the high seas - unlikely, implausible and thoroughly engaging.
TRANSFER: This DVD is only marginally better than Buena Vista's other release "Ranson". Though color balancing is generally more solid, colors are still weak and sometimes muddy. Film grain is excessive in several scenes. Black levels are weak. Fine details are lost during darker scenes. Edge enhancement and pixelization crop up now and then but do not terribly distract. Age related nicks, chips and scratches are everywhere.
The audio is Stereo Surround.
EXTRAS: Include a making of featurette, audio commentary and theatrical trailers. Big deal!
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a fan of the movie you'll want to add this to your collection. But for anyone else my advice is to swim for shore!