Director/Writer Jim Sheridan's films have proven to be some of the best
of the past 15 years. His talent was immediately obvious in his debut film,
"MY LEFT FOOT." Based on the true story of Christy Brown, an amiable man
afflicted with cerebral palsy since childhood. The performances are
outstanding. While Daniel Day Lewis deserved the Oscar for his performance
here, Hugh O' Conor was equally deserving of more recognition than he
received for his performance as the younger Christy.
As with Sheridan's later work, he never lets "MY LEFT FOOT" succumb to
typical Hollywood convention. He concentrates on creating such a detailed
and believable atmosphere that it is sometimes difficult to watch what is
unfolding. But, the viewer, like Christy, learns that making it through hard
moments allows one to find beauty and there's plenty of that here, not just
in the performances, but in many other aspects of this brilliant film as
well. "MY LEFT FOOT" should be in every film lover's collection.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9
enhancement. While there are scratches and noise in various scenes, this is
a major improvement over the previously available dvd. Colors are solid and
detail is often exquisite. Contrast is nearly flawless, offering intricate
detail in darker scenes.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surround involvement is
rarely utilized, except for minor music cues and subtle atmospheric effects.
The dialogue is intelligible, however this reviewer elected to utilize the
English subtitles for better comprehension during some of the more
emotionally trying scenes built around Christy's difficulty in
While this is part of BUENA VISTA's "COLLECTOR'S SERIES", there is very
little in regards to extras, here! A very brief mini-documentary and some
reflections on the film from cast other than Lewis, is offered.