Based on the longest-running stage play/musical in history (it opened off-Broadway in 1960), The Fantasticks tells the story of two young lovers kept apart, sort-of, by their meddling fathers. Actually wanting the two to marry, Bellomy (Grey) and Hucklebee (Sullivan) decide to pretend to be feuding, thinking that it will drive Louisa (Kelly) and Matt (New Kids On The Block
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a wonderfully colorful picture, with hues that are nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed, but fine details and clarity are a bit lacking at times, with images appearing slightly flat. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. The sets help keep a stage-like quality to the film. Minor edge enhancement and occasional shimmering details are noticed, but overall, the picture is quite pleasing. (Suzanne Hodges)
I appreciate the technical nature of your DVD reviews; that is, the way you rate the sound and picture quality of newly released DVDs. The reviews in most other magazines are concerned not with how good the DVD is, but with just the film itself: quality of the script, actors' performances, etc., all of which are subject to the critic's personal tastes, which may be wildly different from my own.