This reviewer didn't expect much from "NIRVANA" for many reasons. First,...never heard of it! Secondly, while Christopher Lambert has done some highly entertaining films, he's been involved with far more bad ones. "NIRVANA" is a sci-fi film that truly aspires to be creative and witty. In fact, its plot and sub-plots are so complicated it tends to weigh down much of the film's pacing at first. The operative word here is "at first", because once things get going, the pacing picks up dramatically and viewers will be too caught up with what's happening to care of notice the gaping plot holes!
Two storylines are at hand here. One involves Solo, a character within a computer game called "Nirvana", whom begins having an identity crisis when a virus invades the software. Another storyline revolves around Jimmy, the game's creator, as he searches for the lover who had left him before this game crisis began. She's played by the beautiful Emmannuele Seigner(Mrs. Roman Polanski). There are other twists and turns taking place, and the film borrows from "TRON", "VIRTUOSITY" and more. No problem. Unfortunately, it also borrows from Johnny Mnemonic,...problem! But, not enough to ruin it. "NIRVANA" will undoubtedly surprise and entertain many viewers.
BUENA VISTA has provided a 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are rich with fine detail. Contrast is decent, but darker scenes lack the detail found in many superior dvd transfers. Fleshtones appear natural.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While there are numerous directional effects, there's a surprising lack of bass. Dialogue is also overshadowed by other elements in several scenes. The mix is an obvious dubbing and it becomes distracting in several scenes, particularly during the first 30 minutes. Thankfully, the action picks up thereafter and it becomes less noticeable.