SRP $14.95 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO SONY
 

Paul Mazursky has done great films and some bad ones, "TEMPEST" is one of the great ones!  Inspired by Shakespeare's great play, Mazursky has ingeniously adapted the story to retain the most important themes, while incorporating clever subtext, fresh new ideas, inspired casting and more in order to create what is destined to be a defined as a newfound treasure some time in the future.

Cassavetes stars as a successful architect, disillusioned with his life. He flees to Greece in an attempt to rediscover himself, deserting his wife(Gena Rowlands), but taking his daughter, Molly Ringwald, in a unforgettable debut performance.  He finds a new sense of enchantment on an island, but even his newfound paradise begins to feel stale. When he spots his wife on a yacht in the nearby water, worrying she's there to take her daughter back, he creates a storm. The ship's passengers end up cast ashore and an incredible journey of real "rediscovery" unfolds. THIS IS A MASTERPIECE!

SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  It's an impressive transfer with frequently vibrant colors. The detail is impressive, showcasing the exotic locations, but faltering in some of the nighttime sequences. Contrast is generally fine, however, blacks and grays could be deeper in darker moments. There are a few artifacts infrequently popping up.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital Stereo mix. Separation effects are noticeable in the front speakers, but this is mostly a center channel directed mix. Dialogue is always intelligible and fidelity is excellent.