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SRP $24.96 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

Josh Hartnett can do good work when he has a good script, eg. "WICKER PARK", but not "BLACK DAHLIA".  Radha Mitchell is much the same story.  Unfortunately, as good as the script for "RAIN MAN" was, Bass is also responsible for some of the crappiest scripts of all time as well, "WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN", "STEPMOM", "SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY", etc.  "MOZART AND THE WHALE" pats itself on the back from the get-go, feigning to deal with serious issues, in this case, autism. But, in reality, it does nothing but treat this illness in a way that's shameful. "MOZART AND THE WHALE" is ridiculous in virtually every way. The actors are given embarrassing material to work with and the film's poorly directed as well.

The script is so bad, it makes one wonder if Bass is beginning to lose his memory! Why can't the man who adapted "THE JOY LUCK CLUB" recognize when a scene doesn't work? "MOZART AND THE WHALE" is the worst kind of film in the way it pretends to deal with serious issues, but treats them in a immature way, as if everything can be fixed with the snap of a finger. AARGH!!!

SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  Colors are solid throughout, though it appears, by intention, not too vibrant. The image is given a tough, gritty and even grainy look in various scenes.  A few artifacts present but are infrequent.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  Surrounds are non-existent, except in boosting a great soundtrack. Separation effects are delegated to the front soundstage and effective. Dialogue is intelligible throughout.

A commentary with Ron Bass is included and further proves this guy is just b-o-r-i-n-g!!!(at least when he's dealing with boring material)