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"Thelma & Louise" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Thelma and Louise are two sheltered women who decide to leave their less-than-stellar mates behind and take a weekend fishing trip together.  On their way to the cabin, they have an unfortunate run-in with a man in a bar that ends in his murder.  They decide to flee to Mexico to avoid the law and thus begins their true “coming out.”  On the way south, there are a few more “adventures” and soon they are both wanted in several states.  A sympathetic police inspector tries to talk them into surrendering but it seems the FBI and many other police agencies would rather see them hanged.  By the end, the law catches up and the girls must choose their final path.

Specifications

  • MGM/20th Century Fox
  • 1991, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 9 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1
  • Codec:  AVC
  • 1080p
  • English, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel
  • Directed by Ridley Scott
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This film is firmly in the “not my thing but surprisingly enjoyable” category.  I found it quite entertaining, especially after I got over the portrayal of every Deep South stereotype in the book.  Thelma and Louise are truly held back by the men in their lives and the set of circumstances they find themselves in is completely believable.  Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis turn in two remarkable performances.  Another actor who has a small but entertaining role is a young Brad Pitt.  He looks no older than about 16 in this film though he was 28 at the time.  His appearance is all-too-brief, but he gives a standout performance as well.  You will be rooting for the girls throughout the movie, and I did find the end a bit tragic, but all-in-all this movie comes highly recommended.

Technical

The video quality is superb and is among the best catalog transfers I’ve seen to date.  Grain is visible but not a problem.  Color is beautifully saturated and natural at all times.  Contrast is deep with excellent blacks and eye-popping highlights.  Thanks go to the telecine artists at 20th Century Fox for leaving out any unnecessary edge enhancement.  For a twenty-year-old film, detail is on par with the latest releases.  Every bead of sweat and particle of dirt is rendered flawlessly.

The audio was my only complaint here and I suspect it has more to do with the way the movie was shot than the transfer itself.  Many scenes take place in a moving convertible and the voices do sound flat and tinny as a result.  I’m sure the challenges for the sound engineers were significant.  Dialog was clear; it just had no depth or bass.  I imagine a lot of this has to do with the post-processing.  Music was an appropriate mix of orchestral interludes and twangy country music.  It fit the film’s environment perfectly; my compliments to Hans Zimmer for another superb score.

Extras

Bonus features include audio commentary by director Ridley Scott, actresses Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and screenwriter Callie Khouri.  There is also a making-of featurette, an extended ending with commentary, deleted and extended scenes, storyboards and a music video.