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One Fine Day
1996 (2000) - 20th Century Fox

review by Todd Doogan of The Digital Bits

One Fine Day Film Rating: B+

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, Closed Captioned

"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.

Todd Doogan

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