DVD Review: Little Children
|New Line |
Movie •••½ Picture •••• Sound ••• Extras None
Little Children is finely crafted, and the stars turn in remarkable performances - especially Kate Winslet, who was nominated for an Oscar. But odd touches, such as overblown narration straight out of a 1950s Hollywood melodrama, may leave casual viewers puzzled. Although Field deserves credit for originality, in the end it all feels a little less satisfying than it should.
Not so the transfer, which is as clean and lustrous as the film's sun-drenched setting. The manicured lawns and spotless streets provide counterpoint to the inner turmoil of almost all of the film's characters - and to the tragedy that seems to lurk unseen around every corner. The sound mix is predictably subdued, with only the occasional flourish from Thomas Newman's lovely score. One drawback: No extras of any kind are included - not even a trailer. [R] English, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround; letterboxed (2.35:1) and anamorphic widescreen; dual layer.