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"Mystic Pizza" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

A sweet and sassy comedy about the bonds of sisterhood, Mystic Pizza offers the opportunity to see some solid young actors early in their careers. Three sisters of blue-collar Portuguese descent work in a pizzeria in the coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut. Each has her own unique romantic entanglements. One is the fast girl in town (Roberts), who falls for a rich kid but wonders if she'll ever be accepted; one is the lifelong local girl (Taylor) in love with her fisherman boyfriend (D'Onofrio) but scared of what marriage will do to their sex lives; and the youngest sister (Gish) dreams of going to Yale but during a summer of baby-sitting has an affair with a married man. Through it all each sister depends on the others regardless of the complications. It's the alluring charm of the three disparate leads that makes Mystic Pizza the tasty experience it is.

Specifications

  • MGM Studios
  • Color, 1988, Rated R, 1 Hr 44 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p, MPEG 4
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Starring: Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Directed by Donald Petrie
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

A poignant and light fare movie, Mystic Pizza shows its age in some of the early scenes. 80's hair, dress and music abound, but the storyline itself is good entertainment. This was the movie that launched Roberts career. One gal wants to leave this town behind while the other wants to be in love, but avoid marriage. The youngest falls for the father of the kid she is babysitting. In the end, they all remain steadfast and devoted to each other. Marriage, college, responsibility: perhaps predictable, but a good “date movie”. Wait till you see the very young Matt Damon at the dinner table!

Technical

The film shows considerable grain and more than occasional specks and dirt. Not enough to distract from the film, but certainly noticeable. Colors and skin tones are solid and accurate. Some scenes are bit fuzzy and soft, but overall details are good. The dialog is clear, but the movie is in 2.0, so no surrounds or subwoofer action. Overall, this is not the movie to demo for the friends on a Friday night, but worth a viewing none the less.

Extras

The only extra is the theatrical trailer in standard def, but at least it makes the movie look comparatively outstanding in BD!