Roxanne (1987) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Sony || PG - 107 minutes - $28.95 || May 5, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Fred Schepisi
Writer(s): Steve Martin (screenplay)
Cast: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Shelley Duvall, Rick Rossovich


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Roxanne isnít a particularly special romantic comedy or even a ďmodernĒ adaptation of a classic play, in this case ďCyrano de BergeracĒ, but because of the charm of Steve Martin, itís become somewhat of a classic, not one people call upon as a quintessential Steve Martin film, but one that you mention the title and people will have seen it.

The story is about fire chief C.D. Bales (Steve Martin), a well liked guy in the small town with a unique feature: he has a huge shnoze. C.D. comes to the aid of a new resident named Roxanne (Daryl Hannah) when she gets locked out of her house... nude. He takes a liking to her, outside of the obvious reasons, but is self conscious about his big nose but when Roxanne takes notice of a new fireman in town, Chris (Rick Rossovich), a man tall on looks but short on conversation. Of course, Chris likes her as well but as much as the ladies like him, he has a hard time approaching them and thus seeks the help of C.D. who serves as his voice and ghost writer to woo Roxanne.

After seeing the film after several years (the last time was probably in the late 90s), mainly to avoid the horrific pan and scan full screen version that airs on TV, I was a little surprised on how much the film didnít capture my attention. Itís not that Roxanne isnít funny because it is, but mainly that it was a comedy to showcase Steve Martinís oft unique brand of humor. Now, it is definitely a more mature comedic performance from Martin over The Jerk so that reason alone makes the film worth watching. Iíve read that back in 1987, Steve Martin was considered for an Oscar nomination and it is true, he is the reason why the film still remains a favorite 20 years later.

The on-screen chemistry between Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah are great together and although they donít have that much screen time together as a good portion is him writing as Chris or speaking for him, they do make a likeable couple even in this world. But as I said, the movie is a stage for Martinís comedy.

For me, as a guy whose movie awareness came to be in the 1990s, it is fun to see some great supporting actors in older films. Roxanne features the underrated/underutilized Fred Willard as the townís self-important mayor and volunteer firefighter. The movie also co-stars Damon Wayans (Major Payne), Shelley Duvall and was directed by Fred Schepisi (I.Q.).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Other than some trailers for other Sony movies, thereís nothing else, unless you count getting the widescreen version as a feature... Oh, there is a BD-Live portal as well.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I am proud to say that Roxanne is presented in widescreen with a 2.40 original aspect ratio. Columbiaís initial widescreen/full screen flipper DVD is out of print and the only version in stores I could find was the awful full frame (pan & scan) only, so finally getting in widescreen is great. Now, as for the picture itself in 1080p high-definition, for a now 22 year old film, it doesnít look too bad, actually. There is quite a bit of noise during certain scenes and the detail levels arenít the greatest, but overall I thought it was a decent transfer.

On the audio side, again, 22-year old movie, and a comedy to boot, thereís not much here to judge. The Dolby TrueHD track is fine for the film but itís mainly used for the low-key score and some dialogue.



.::OVERALL::.

While I donít think Roxanne is as great as I remembered, it still is worth your time mainly for Steve Martinís performance. His 20 joke speech at the town bar is a classic scene as is his alien story to the older women.