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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Nicole Holofcener
Cast:
James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette , Tracey Fairaway, Ben Falcone, Michaela Watkins
Writing Credits:
Nicole Holofcener

Synopsis:
James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener shine in this heartwarming comedy that A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls "a small miracle of a movie." Divorced mom Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) may be falling for Albert (Gandolfini), a sweet, funny, like-minded divorcee. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Keener), who's always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne's rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$232.800 thousand on 4 screens.
Domestic Gross
$17.292 million.

MPAA:
Rated PG-13

DVD DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Descriptive Audio 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
French DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
None

Runtime: 93 min.
Price: $39.99
Release Date: 1/14/2014

Bonus:
• “Second Takes” Featurette
• 5 Promotional Featurettes
• Trailer
• Sneak Peeks


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Enough Said [Blu-Ray] (2013)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 31, 2014)

Due to his sudden passing in the summer of 2013, Enough Said goes down as James Gandolfini’s second to last film; apparently one of his acting jobs remains unreleased. In this penultimate effort, Gandolfini steps pretty far away from his “Tony Soprano” image and engages in a light romantic comedy.

Divorced single mother Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) stands on the verge of “empty nest” status, as her daughter Ellen (Tracey Fairaway) will soon head to college. Eva dreads the potential loneliness but seems to find a kindred spirit when she meets Albert (Gandolfini) at a party, as his daughter Tess (Eve Hewson) will also leave for school in the fall. Eva and Albert slowly begin a relationship.

Also at the party, she meets Marianne (Catherine Keener), a poet who utilizes Eva’s services as a masseuse. They also hit it off and become friends outside of their professional relationship. The complication? Marianne is Albert’s ex-wife, a fact that sets up an unusual love triangle of sorts.

If you wondered what Elaine Benes was up to 15 years after the end of Seinfeld, Said might provide an answer. Actually, I find it hard to say that Eva resembles Elaine in terms of personality or if it’s simply Louis-Dreyfus’s limitations as an actor that make it feel that way.

Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy Louis-Dreyfus as a comedic performer. However, I have yet to see her display much range beyond what she showed on Seinfeld. Is Veep much more than Elaine as politician? Not really, and Said casts Elaine as 50-something single mom.

Maybe that’s not a bad thing, as Louis-Dreyfus in her “comfort zone” probably trumps attempts to change just for change’s sake. Still, I can’t help but think she’s wrong for the role, especially when contrasted with Keener. I feel Keener would’ve made a lot more sense as Eva and Louis-Dreyfus would’ve better fit Marianne; swap those parts and the film seems more logical in terms of casting.

Even with these flaws, I think Said offers some mid-life crisis-style entertainment. It threatens to become maudlin at times but remains fairly light and likable.

Does the movie ever become particularly insightful? Not really – I’m reluctant to call it a “movie about nothing”, but even though it toys with those middle-aged themes, it doesn’t embrace them in a particularly dynamic matter.

Indeed, much of the film feels like little more than a build as it leads us toward the inevitable conflict when Albert and Marianne realize Eva knows both of them. The comedic moments offer decent amusement, even if they do come across as window dressing in a movie that theoretically aspires to greater character truths.

It fails to achieve those personality insights, but it keeps us moderately entertained. Nothing about it stands out as especially memorable but it delivers reasonable enjoyment.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B-/ Bonus D+

Enough Said appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a consistently pleasing presentation.

Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.

When I go into a modern action movie, I expect orange and teal. When I enter a current-day romantic comedy, I anticipate a golden tint, and that’s exactly what I found here. Some scenes varied this palette but the amber feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive. Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Enough Said, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion. For instance, street scenes became a little more involving. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.

Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.

Only a few extras fill out the disc. Second Takes lasts six minutes and offers a blooper reel. Don’t expect much more than the usual goofs and giggles, though we get a few improv lines.

Five Promotional Featurettes follow. We find “Cast” (5:58), “Story” (3:31), “Meet Eva and Albert” (2:36), “Nicole Holofcener” (3:08) and “Julia” (3:00). Across these, we hear from writer/director Nicole Holofcener, producers Stefanie Azpiazu and Anthony Bregman, and actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, Tracey Fairaway, Tavi Gevinson, Eve Hewson, Catherine Keener and Ben Falcone. We get notes about cast, characters and performances, story areas, and Holofcener’s inspirations and point of view.

I don’t expect a lot from promotional pieces, and I can’t say these five reels offer a great deal of information. That said, they do give us a decent number of thoughts about the film. You’ll have to dig through lots of movie clips and praise to get through them, but the featurettes are a little better than usual.

The disc opens with ads for Baggage Claim, Romeo & Juliet and At Middleton. Sneak Peek includes those promos as well as a clip for The Way Way Back. We also find the trailer for Enough Said.

With Enough Said, we get a decent romantic comedy. It doesn’t do enough right to make it a consistent winner, but it offers reasonable entertainment much of the time. The Blu-ray delivers very good visuals with acceptable audio and a small set of bonus materials. Nothing here impresses but the movie ends up as a watchable affair.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3.1764 Stars Number of Votes: 17
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