Director Frances Veber has created some great films remade into less than great American films. Let's hope "The Valet" remains unscathed, because it's a great gem just as it is. There are few romantic comedies that allow the viewer to feel refreshed and and just plain good, when they've ended, but "THE VALET" is that rare exception. A rich businessman is cheating on his wife(majority shareholder of his company)with a beautiful model. When a newspaper displays a photo of the two, together, all could be finished for him. However, he fools his wife into believing a blurred out face next to them is the actual "boyfriend" of the model. So, various schemes are hatched to substantiate this fraud and the blurred out face, belonging to a genuinely nice guy, is none other than a "valet" at the nearby hotel. The "valet'' will have his life completely changed in many ways, but it's to his and the narrative's credit, that he remains the same!
"THE VALET" is brilliant in its simplicity and heart. It's a funny, romantic and sometimes poignant story, well worth re-watching, thus owning!
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid, although not as vibrant as we'd expected. Detail is consistently impressive with deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural. Grain is present, but never too intrusive.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release. It's not an aggressive mix, but ambient effects are well delegated throughout. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
An audio commentary with the director is provided. He seems like an amiable guy, but the commentary is pretty ho-hum. A brief featurette is included.