emlogomain.jpg

Main
Facebook
Tumblr
News/ Updates
DVD Reviews
DVD Reviews 2017 to 2021
Blu-ray Reviews
2022 Blu-ray and 4K UHD reviews
Blu-ray Reviews 2021
Blu-ray Reviews 2020
Blu-ray Reviews 2019
Blu-ray reviews 2018
Movie Reviews
Movie Reviews 2019 to 2021
TV
Interviews
Blu-ray Review: HOUSE OF GUCCI
Blu-ray Review- GHOSTBUSTERS AFERLIFE
Blu-ray Review: LAST NIGHT IN SOHO
Blu-ray 4K Review- RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY
Movie Review- SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
Blu-ray Review: RAGING FIRE
Movie Review: THE MARIX RESURRECTIONS
4K Blu-ray Review: NO TIME TO DIE
Blu-ray Review- VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE
DVD Review: THE FLOOD
Blu-ray Review: DOCTOR WHO Season 24
Blu-ray Review: CANDYMAN (2021)
Blu-ray Review- DOCTOR WHO: EVIL OF THE DALEKS (import)
Movie Review: DUNE Part One
Blu-ray review: ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS
Blu-ray Review: THE COLONY (2021)
Movie Review: ETERNALS
Movie Review: NO TIME TO DIE
Movie Review: HALLOWEEN KILLS
Blu-ray Review: THE GREEN KNIGHT
Blu-ray Review: FAST VENGEANCE
4K Blu-ray Review: BLACK WIDOW
Blu-ray Review: F9 THE FAST SAGA
Blu-ray Review: DOCTOR WHO Season 8 (1971)
4K Blu-ray Review: PROSPECT
Blu-ray Review: SPARE PARTS
blu-ray Review: SIBERIA (2021)
Blu-ray Review: DOORS (2021)
Blu-ray Review: THE UNHEALER
Blu-ray Review: VOYAGERS
Blu-ray Review: TIMELINE (import)
Blu-ray review: KING KONG (1976)
4K UHD Blu-ray review: PERDITA DURANGO
Blu-ray Review: PYSCHO GOREMAN
DVD Review: SKY SHARKS
DVD Review: WILLY'S WONDERLAND
Blu-ray Review: EVENT HORIZON Collector's Edition
Blu-ray Review: SPUTNIK
Blu-ray Review: PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Blu-ray Review: MONSTER HUNTER
Blu-ray Review: SOUTHLAND TALES
Blu-ray Review: SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
Blu-ray Review: SPACEWALKER
Blu-ray review: THE IPCRESS FILE
DVD Review: STRANDED ON MARS
Blu-ray Review: TENET
DVD Review: SKYLINES
Blu-ray Review: POSSESSOR UNCUT
Blu-ray review: FLASH GORDON
Movie Review: TENET
PHOTOGRAPHY

ALFIE

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 105 minutes, two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, Alfie Round Table, Women of Alfie, The World of Alfie, Gedde Watanabe dance footage, Script Gallery, Storyboard Gallery, Production Gallery, Let The Music In featurette, original theatrical trailer, and previews.

STUDIO: PARAMOUNT

RELEASE DATE: 3-15-2005

ANALYSIS: I love ALFIE. It's a very nice movie that people can relate to it. This remake/reinvention (of the 1960s classic starring Michael Caine) is a grand mix of comedy and drama. Jude Law shines as Alfie, a playboy who can't settle down with one woman. Until things start to affect him and the people around him, he is content with his life. The songs with vocals by Mike Jagger fit this remake to a tee. ALFIE is very well cast from Marisa Tomei who is Alfie's sometime girlfriend to Sienna Miller (playing a girl that Alfie falls for) to a female version of Alfie (Susan Sarandon). The production design is amazing with the single word billboards to reflect Alfie's feelings at that point in the movie and making Manchester look like New York City (with some location shooting done in NYC). The changes of the color is something to keep an eye on as the movie goes on. I really enjoyed this movie and I was never really bored by it (and it gets better with each viewing). Guys will appreciate the nudity from Sienna Miller's character.

VIDEO/AUDIO: ALFIE is presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. Colors are good and blacks are nice. Image detail is great. Not a bad transfer at all.

You can hear ALFIE in English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 DD, and English 2.0 Dolby Surround with the option of English or Spanish subtitles. Dialogue can be heard clearly always, The music is loud (at it's high moments) and rich.  Most of the extras (except the commentaries) have the option of English, Spanish, or French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES: I loved the extras on this DVD. They really cover the production of the movie and include some good deleted scenes.   They want me to go out and watch the original ALFIE starring Michael Caine.

Two audio commentary tracks were recorded for the movie. The First Commentary is with Writer/Director Charles Shyer and Film Editor Padraic McKinley and it focuses on the production of the movie (very interesting track with lots of info). The Second commentary is with writer/director Charles Shyer and Writer/Producer Elaine Pope. They focus on the story and what they changed from the original version.

ROUND TABLE OF ALFIE goes into how ALFIE was updated and reinvented, the cinematography, and production design. THE WORLD OF ALFIE is about how ALFIE was updated and why Jude Law chose to play Alfie. THE WOMEN OF ALFIE is about the women they changed from the original movie to fit today's women (featuring interviews with the actresses playing the women in the remake) with highlights being footage from Sienna Miller's casting session and behind-the-scenes footage with Susan Sarandon. ALFIE: DECONSTRUCTION OF A SCENE shows how many elements went into putting together an early scene in the movie (Alfie riding his scooter as he passes many beautiful women) and difficulties they had getting the scene together. Also included is a deleted scene not included in the deleted scenes section of the DVD (I hate it when they do this).

Gedde Watanabe Dance Sequence (with optional commentary by Charles Shyer and Elaine Pope) is fun to watch. LET THE MUSIC IN is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs of the movie with footage of the recording sessions and interviews with Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart. Eight deleted scenes (with optional commentary by Charles Shyer and Padraic McKinley) are included on the DVD (the shower scene is good and Alfie's scenes with the single mom's kid). They are scenes cut for pacing or they didn't fit the story that ended up on the screen.

Also included are a Script Gallery of six scenes (with hand written notes on the script pages), Storyboard Gallery covering six scenes (funny to look at some of these storyboards), and a Production gallery (production stills and art). The original theatrical trailer (in 5.1 DD) is included as well in addition to previews for other movies.

FINAL ANALYSIS: ALFIE is a very enjoyable remake on a DVD loaded with fantastic extras.

this DVD Review is (c)3-9-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia