PARAMOUNT has released a fine film adaptation of John Knowles' "A SEPARATE PEACE". The previous version, from the '70s was horrible. But, this one made for "SHOWTIME", benefits from the excellent direction of Peter Yates.
Set during WW2, the film tells the story of Gene and Finney, two friends in Prep school, hoping to graduate and avoid the war. While the novel delves more into the characters and subtleties relating to their "coming of age" and sexuality, than in this film, it's still a great "rites of passage" film. The acting is also quite good, and it's suitable for younger adolescents.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film's original 1.33:1 ratio. Colors are solid, however, there are some pixelation and shimmer problems in various scenes.
PARAMOUNT has included a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix, which offers a variety of atmospheric effects. The dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.