Director Susan Seidelman has made a decent indie-type cult film, "DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN", but nothing much else to speak of until now. Her latest, "BOYNTON BEACH CLUB" is a sweet, generally optimistic, poignant, examination of love and bereavement, within the setting of a Florida retirement community. "BOYNTON BEACH CLUB" captures the kind of romantic atmosphere that "COCOON" failed so miserably at.
The cast, especially Joseph Balogna and Dyan Cannon, remind audiences of the great difference between "celebrities" masquerading as actors and genuine actors. Seidelman directs with great restraint, but also takes firm control of specific scenes, when necessary, making the film move at a steady pace and leaving the viewer wanting more when it's ended. "BOYNTON BEACH CLUB" is one of those films worth seeking out.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. While some scenes suffer from grain, the majority of the film looks terrific. The colors are solid and vibrant. The detail is impressive in scene after scene. It's a generally pleasing image.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. But, as this is a dialogue-driven comedy, surrounds are restrained for the most part. Discrete effects kick in during some key moments, but are used mostly to boost the score. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
An audio commentary with the director is included, but it's extremely dry and only for aspiring filmmakers.