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review added: 2/18/00
One Fine Day
1996 (2000) - 20th Century
review by Todd Doogan of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B+/A/C
Specs and Features
109 mins, PG, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), single-sided,
dual-layered (layer switch at 1:11:00, in chapter 18), Amaray keep
case packaging, theatrical trailers for One
Fine Day, Great Expectations,
French Kiss, Picture
Perfect, Ever After,
Cousin Bette and Never
Been Kissed, film-themed menu screens with animation and
sound, scene access (25 chapters), languages: English (DD 5.1) and
English & French (DD 2.0), subtitles: English and Spanish,
"Let's do this
right. Let me freshen up so I'll feel a little more like a woman and
less like a dead mommy."
I'm not too heavy into chick flicks... and One
Fine Day is definitely one of them dern chick flicks.
Yet... I like it. I saw it for the first time on HBO a few years
back, and God help me, I fell right in love with it. Michelle
Pfeiffer is actually really good in this (even though she's playing
her standard "woman just a few steps out of reach"
character that we've seen a few times before) and George Clooney is
a real star for the first time here (and didn't get much credit for
it). The story is syrup: Jack (Clooney) is a happily divorced star
newspaper columnist. He's a smart-ass man-child, who doesn't take
anything very seriously. He's the type of father that sees his
daughter more as a play friend than as his child. Pfeiffer plays
Melanie, an architect with a few too many things on her plate (and
as much as she thinks she's balanced them all, she hasn't). One fine
day (thus the title), the two loopy parents bump into each other
and, through only-in-the-movies situations, they end up spending the
day taking care of each other's kids, saving their jobs and falling
helplessly in love.
Fox did a pretty good job with this disc. The picture quality is as
solid as you're going to get without being anamorphic. The colors,
as wacky as they are, are well represented here. The tone throughout
the entire film is an off-setting very sunset gold with heavy Earth
tones. But it's film-correct, very solid and free of any artifacts
-- it's a good-looking picture. The sound is also top notch. The
English audio is featured on two Dolby Digital tracks, a 5.1 and 2.0
(with French 2.0 thrown in for good measure and a bit of that
international flair). This DVD a fairly straight edition, with
nothing special in the way of extras other than a handful of Fox
trailers geared to the woman in all of us.
All in all, this disc definitely isn't out of this world, but it's
certainly good enough for this film. This is a funny little romp
that's sweet and sour in all the right places. Every guy could show
off a bit and throw this one in the player to impress the ladies...
and not want to die while watching it. Take that as a good tip, from
someone who knows.