COLUMBIA TRISTAR has released a surprisingly unheard of “but”
entertaining film, “SIDE OUT.”  C. Thomas Howell stars as Monroe Clark, a law
student seeking to find something over the summer in California, that he
can’t find back home in Milwaukee.  Upon finding a job in his uncle’s law firm,
his first assignment is to serve papers to a beach bum, Zack(Peter
Horton) who happens to have earned the title, “King of the Beach”, something
bestowed upon the best beach Volleyball player.  Monroe becomes intrigued with
volleyball, and Zack believes he can teach him to become a formidable
player.  The conflict between mentoring and competing for one’s past
recognition come into play and there are some subtle moments of real
“SIDE OUT” never really transcends its cable tv drama/comedy
feel. However, it plays like a “really good” cable tv movie at that.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement.  Colors are solid and detail is sharp in virtually every
scene. Contrast is fine, offering deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear
natural throughout.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track.
Surrounds are surprisingly aggressive, making the volleyball contests much more
involving, and the music sounds terrific. Dialogue is always intelligible
and free from distortion.