Edward Furlong is Pecker in this terrific John Waters satire about a Baltimore photographer who makes it big with his pictures of everyday life. Lili Taylor is the New York art dealer who discovers Pecker and turns him into an art world darling. Christina Ricci and Brendan Sexton III are two of his friends who become alienated from Pecker when his celebrity destroys their lives. Mary Kay Place is fantastic as Pecker
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 picture exhibits vivid, eye-popping colors, though the overall image is wanting in clarity. Fleshtones are slightly orange in hue, but blacks are deep and solid. Interior scenes appear slightly plugged-up, but fine background definition is apparent. Contrast and shadow delineation are generally nicely rendered, and the picture is often impressively solid in a darkroom scene. There are no distracting artifacts. (Suzanne Hodges)
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is the same as for the previous DVD. Overall, the audio seems too loud. While quite loud and forward-sounding relative to the other elements, dialogue sounds natural, though closely miked. Overall, sound pressure level is rather extreme and pushes toward distortion and irritation at times. The music score is loud as well with deep bass and enhanced .1 LFE. Directional sound effects are generally effective and surround is at times aggressive. (Perry Sun)
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