The colour reproduction establishes a wide and solid palette - the bustling streets of New York are always awash with bright variety, as is the masquerade aboard the cruise ship. There is no hint of smearing or over-saturation with the whole film very pleasing on the eye, throughout. Interiors make good use of the nice, robust black level with a realistic sense of depth achieved, and exteriors are always crisp and clear. Even the foggy suicide-bridge never loses definition, with a reliable sense of distance and atmosphere. The disc offers a good degree of contrast, too - from the darkened, neon-lit streets and bars to the sunny vistas afforded the park and the lush green grass around the lonely guy bench. The flame of a burning bill is nice against the subdued background of a romantic restaurant, too. A good sign is the ability of a disc to reproduce convincing reflections, and The Lonely Guy certainly delivers these with crisp and un-obscured scenes of bright sunlight bouncing off cars and store windows, that do not glare or haze in the slightest.
All in all, this disc offers a well balanced image that is colourful, clear and bright.
The score by a slumming Jerry Goldsmith (it's from his mid-eighties period of synth-experimentation) is whimsical and quite horrible - and, unfortunately comes across all-too briskly. For once, I wouldn't have minded the score being a little bit more submerged - and I'm a huge fan of Goldsmith!
One for Steve Martin fans only. I enjoyed it, but then I am a Steve Martin fan. It's light, silly and totally unpretentious. Far from classic comedy but still offers some good sight gags, an often witty screenplay and the reliable goof-ball talents of Martin.
The disc has a tremendous picture and adequate sound, but there is nothing else on board to tempt the indecisive. It does have a relatively painless price tag, however. But, as the title suggests, it may just be one for the lonely guys out there.
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