DVD REVIEW: Breakfast on Pluto

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Unlike The Crying Game, writer/director Neil Jordan's other film about cross-dressing and IRA politics, Breakfast on Pluto, is fueled by the relentless optimism of its hero (a fabulous Cillian Murphy). The DVD's beautiful images, featuring a sumptuous color palette, reinforce the sunshine-infused perspective. Check out the Day-Glo tones of glam-rock London, which look positively electric in some scenes. The 5.1-channel soundtrack is full of oddly appropriate 1970s bubblegum music. Surround effects are used fairly consistently, but don't expect sweeping movement or subsonic bass; it's more about punctuation. Extras are limited to a worthwhile making-of featurette and a freewheeling and informative commentary by Jordan and Murphy. [R] English, Dolby Digital 5.1; letterboxed (1.85:1) and anamorphic widescreen; dual layer.

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