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Waste of money
on 6 August 2012
The film itself is one of my many favourite love stories ("50 First Dates" is another). A nice little tale about how a woman in desperate need of money to save her father from economical trouble, ends up carrying this man's child for a--at the time--large sum of money. It also has a very good cast. Sophie Marceau, perhaps being the most widely known to an international audience, is always a good choice for a film; Joss Ackland, who often get to play nasty characters and no exception in this film. The older Lord Clare, living in London, giving fashionable parties and not giving a hoot about what anybody thinks of him. Stephen Dillane makes a fair job of portraying the son, who seems to be less of a favourite in his father's eyes. Him talking about his son as "the boy's not normal." Ah, joyous family life!
The package the film came in, however, makes me believe it was converted from a VHS tape, or from a made for TV recording of some sort. Even the blooming cover looks and feels digitally printed, most likely on-demand. The low-key scenes are grainy, blurry, and unpleasant to watch, and the seller has conveniently forgot to openly mention that it is a 4:3 release (at least I couldn't see it mentioned anywhere on the site), which means you don't get the full picture. This you discover upon arrival of the case. You get a silly frame made for old time, thick TV sets. The original is 2.35:1, which is a real eye-opener compared to this "narrowy" screen. It is so much better in original format. They could at least have made it in 16:9. The small screen cuts away so much of what is going on that it will probably cloud your judgement of what the film is about. And not to forget, they have cut it down from the original 1:43 to 1:38:50. What was so hideous that it couldn't be shown on a purchased DVD? Shame!
Save your money and buy something else, or rent it cheaply at the library or something. Or wait for a real release of the film. This release is pure and utter nonsense. Even the main menu is spelled wrong: "MAIN MEMU" it says in all caps, and the film's name? Well I thought it was "Firelight" but they spelled it "FireLight". Sort of sums the quality up, don't you think?