Burt Reynolds does an admirable job in his role as Tommy Vinson, an aging, former poker champ, who thinks he might have found a new talent to mentor in "DEAL." Unfortunately, everything that follows, and "literally" everything feels like a poor man's "COLOR OF MONEY." The script is the film's biggest problem, but the direction isn't that tight either, and the fact that Gil Cates, jr. is responsible for both, left little chance for anyone realizing the trouble this film was in from the start. There's nothing new or particularly well crafted here. While Shannon Elizabeth still manages to prove she's pleasant eye-candy, even while getting older, her character is one-dimensional as are the rest. Reynolds is really good, considering what he's given to work with. But, a story set in the world of gambling shouldn't be boring, and that's what the film is from beginning to end. MISS THIS ONE!
MGM/FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 16:9 enhanced dvd. Color quality is decent without oversaturation, but there were some artifacts popping up. Being that we only received a watermarked dvd screener, it's unfair to comment on the finished image quality that may be an improvement with final product.
MGM/FOX has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are rarely used, however some ambient effects add to the film's atmosphere. The front stage has decent separation throughout. Dialogue is always intelligible.
A featurette with two poker stars, is offered, and more entertaining than the actual film.