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PARAMOUNT has released a special edition dvd for “THE
PRINCE AND ME.”
Although predictable, the fine cast, direction and overall
production, help make “THE PRINCE AND ME” much more entertaining than
one would expect. As the film opens, we find the two main characters
leading vastly different lives. Prince Edward(Luke Mably) as the
Prince of Denmark is shown occupying his time with girls and cars, as
he’s hounded by the press. Paige Morgan(Julia Stiles)is working hard
in her pre-med studies, but still finding time to hold a job and help
on the family farm. When Edward decides to take advantage of the
available girls he sees promoted on a video purported to be from
Wisconsin, he decides he can continue his Playboy life style free
from his home press by using the cover of being a college student in
America. It’s easy to see what’s going to happen, but, for all but
the last 20 minutes of the film, it’s entertaining all the same.
Director Martha Coolidge totally screws up the last part of the film,
almost ruining it.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9
enhancement. It’s a terrific looking transfer! Colors are rich in
every scene and there’s incredible detail. The contrast is nearly
flawless, offering great depth in even the darkest scenes. Fleshtones
appear natural throughout.
PARAMOUNT has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While it’s not
overly aggressive, there’s an adequate amount of environmental
effects, and the film’s terrrific score is well complimented through
all speakers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from
PARAMOUNT has included a lot of extras. Director Martha Coolidge is
on board for a running commentary. While she’s always interesting,
she doesn’t acknowledge “any” of her glaring mistakes in this film.
There is a deleted scenes section offering at least one excised scene
we’d wished had been left intact. A gag reel also offers some good
laughs. Most of the featurettes are purely promotional, but fans of
the film will enjoy the behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.