This reviewer has to admit that the idea of a “ALFIE” remake seemed less than interesting upon first impression of the trailer. The original was overrated and Jude Law’s films are often hit-or-miss. Also, director/co-writer Charles Shyer’s previous films, “Affair of the Necklace” and “Father of the Bride” were less than mediocre. However, upon making myself become one of the few to see the film in theaters, I couldn’t wait to own it on dvd. IT IS TERRIFIC! “ALFIE” starring Jude Law, is powerful, provocative and moving. Shyer has chosen to keep the idea of Alfie talking to the camera in place, without it ever feeling forced and cartoon-ish. His character, a gigolo of sorts, making ends meet by working as a chauffeur, is hard not to like. He makes some bad choices and moves from one girl to the next without a conscience. But, he grows and by the film’s poignant ending, there’s a cautious optimism at hand. It’s still quite sad, making it feel very realistic, but there’s a glimmer of hope at hand. SEE THIS FILM!
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It’s a stunning transfer with bold, vibrant colors and incredible detail. Even the montage sequence looks great with hardly any grain. Fleshtones are natural.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While surrounds are generally reserved for musical emphasis, there’s plenty of separation for the front soundstage. The music, from Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart, is as important as any character and adds greatly to the film’s impact.
PARAMOUNT has really loaded this release with extras! There are two commentary tracks. Shyer and the film’s co-writer, Elaine Pope, provide plenty of insight into their revision of the original film. Another commentary with Shyer and editor Padraic McKinley offers more technical insight for aspiring filmmakers.
“ROUNDTABLE” is a featurette with Shyer, the editor, cinematographer and production designer.
There’s a featurette devoted to the film’s soundtrack development with Jagger and Stewart, as well as deleted scenes(without 16:9 enhancement)and much, much more! GET THIS DVD!!!!!!