SRP $24.96 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

SONY has released "LONELY HEARTS," a crime drama based on the true story of the "Lonely Hearts" killers, a sadistic duo, whom apparently got sexually charged by their killings. Jared Leto and Salma Hayek play the leads, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez.  The two prey upon war widows, offering the sexy latin Raymond as bait in personal ads,  seducing the elderly women, spending them dry, and then murdering them.  Director Todd Robinson misses numerous great opportunities here. The '40s time period, social injustices and more are footnotes within this story as presented.  A bigger problem lies within the narrative, focusing on the detective, Elmer Robinson(grandfather of the director) and his partner trying to nab the killers.  As portrayed by Hayek and Leto, the killers lack any depth and are never interesting, and when actors like John Travolta appear, it feels ridiculously out of place, perhaps even sillier than the star appearances in "THE THIN RED LINE."  While Robinson must have intended this as a form of dedication to his grandfather, it fails miserably.

SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  The image is generally impressive. Colors are solid, and detail is excellent. There are some scenes wherein a softness prevails but these are few and far between. Contrast is excellent. 

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are restrained for the most part, however, discrete and ambient effects come into play during some key sequences. Bass effects are minimal. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

SONY has provided a great featurette. In fact, it's much better than the actual film.  Robinson explains his motivation for the film, and there's some real footage of his grandfather and the real-life killers.