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Driving Miss Daisy (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Four Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture! The funny, tender story of a feisty Southern lady and her chauffeur, fueled by the starpower of Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Picture in 1989, this gracefully moving drama, adapted from the hit play by Alfred Uhry, chronicles the 25-year friendship between a stubborn, aging Southern widow (Jessica Tandy) and her loyal chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). At first, the self-sufficient Miss Daisy is reluctant to accept the services of a chauffeur, but Hoke is quiet, wise, and tolerant, and as the years pass the unlikely friends develop a deep mutual respect and admiration. Tandy deservedly won the Oscar® for her sassy and sensitive performance, and Freeman earned an Oscar® nomination for bringing quiet depth and integrity to his memorable role. Ironically, director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies) was not nominated, but the film won Oscars® for makeup and for Uhry's screenplay, in addition to a supporting actor nomination for Dan Aykroyd as Daisy's supportive son. Delicate, funny, and bittersweet, Driving Miss Daisy was a surprise hit when released, and marked the crowning achievement of Tandy's great career. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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True, the original theatrical release was rather softly focused, but this edition is perhaps too much so in spots to say that it is the result of the director's original intent. Colors are smeared and contrast levels continue to be extremely low in spots. There are also blemishes in the original camera negative that are quite evident, particularly in the scenes that take place in the kitchen. Also, there is quite a bit of digital grit, evident in scenes with a lot of sky and a ton of pixelization that breaks up fine background details. The soft quality of the image is what really hurts the over all visual impact of this transfer. The audio has been remixed to 5.1 but it's a weak mix, sounding very much like a 2.0 surround instead. There are a could of documentaries but nothing definitive that will set the world on fire. BOTTOM LINE: Disappointing transfer for a film that has entered the public consciousness as one of the best movies of all time.
It's well meaning, and well done, but unlike 'Tender Mercies' director
Bruce Beresford can't quite overcome the sap and hokum mixed into with
solid writing. This film is almost the definition of 'Oscar bait'.
Liberal, but sure not to offend anyone, it deals with the issue of US
southern racism with the most ginger of touches, casts the world's WASPiest
looking actors (Jessica Tandy and Dan Akroyd) to play Jews, and has
Morgan Freeman spend the first half of the movie shukin' and jivin',
which might be historically accurate, but we never really see the pain
that living in that subservient way would cause this man of deep
That said, I still enjoyed it very much while I watched it- all the
performances are wonderful, and the writing is clever. I smiled at the
sweet parts, and got teary at the sad. And the film does work much
better as a study of grudging friendship in the face of the indignities
of age, than as a social comment about racism.
But there's something about the burnished glow the film gives the
waning days of Jim Crow that, in retrospect, also gives me the willies.
I wonder how different the film would be if just once they drove by a
black kid getting beat up by a bunch of rednecks. Here, the worst evil
on screen are two mean cops who call Freeman 'boy'. I would hate to
think a generation could watch this film and think it represented the
realities of those terrible times.
The story,based on Alfred Uhry's award winning play, begins in early 1950's Georgia. Miss Daisy is getting on in years,her dutiful but tiring son(Dan Aykroyd, also nominated) feels she needs a chauffeur,as her driving isnt exactly up to par. Being a very proud and stubborn woman, she resists the idea,would rather walk than be seen being driven around. Even after Hoke Colburn(Freeman) is hired,she refuses to give in.
Hoke is also proud and stubborn, he is hired to do a job and by george he's gonna do it! So eventually he brings her around and little by little she gets comfortable with him.They form a unique and lasting bond.Over 25 years we watch their relationship grow. Daisy teaches Hoke to read. Hoke Brings out the best in Daisy.He is ALWAYS there for her. Daisy is Jewish, and for the first time in her life is witness to hate crimes. Hoke is no stranger to that and can empathize with her.She gains some understanding of him.
The cast also includes fine performances from Esther Rolle and Patti Lupone. The musical score by Hans Zimmer is delightful.
So the film by itself is 5 stars. But I went with 4 stars because the DVD "Has been formatted to fit your screen"(In other words..no widescreen) That takes away from the original theatrical version. Other than that the DVD(WB) is very good. The picture was sharp and clear with nice color. The sound in the Dolby Surround(2.0) was good.Dialouge was crisp. There's a few extras, theatrical trailer, awards and cast. There's also subtitles. So even without the widescreen I'm glad I got this edition, it's just too good of a film not to be watched.
Kick back and enjoy....Laurie
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Love this movie. Friendship can form in the most unlikely of situations!!Published 1 month ago by Carrie
Item was exactly as described, packaged well, shipped right away and worked flawlessly. 10/10!!!! Would highly recommend this seller to other buyers.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such fun. Gives us plenty to think about.
Times have changed, thank goodness.
Freeman and Tandy work well together.
Good story, good acting. The editing kept a steady pace that retained my interest in the movie. Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman gave stellar performances in this movie.Published 11 months ago by Dorothy R. Gamouras