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“Honeymoon in Vegas” - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: MGM
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
7/5/11
Special Features:

Trailer

Review:

Until recently I had never seen the end of “Honeymoon in Vegas” even though I had rented this TWICE when it first came out on home video. You see the first time my wife had false labor the second time she had the real deal and I just never got around to seeing the end of this. So “Honeymoon in Vegas” has been a mystery to me for the last two decades. ***

Released in 1992 it catches Nicholas Cage at his best in a strangely off-kilter performance (OK maybe not so strangely). If you like quirky Cage with all of his mannerisms to the forefront, you’ll enjoy “Honeymoon in Vegas” which plays like a bizarre version of “Indecent Proposal” a film that came out a year later but which I actually had to sit through BEFORE finally seeing this. After having seen both all I have to say is that it’s a pity that director/writer Andrew Bergman DIDN’T get to direct the other film as well. He would have made it a much better movie. ***

That’s not to suggest that the story of commitment phobic Jack (Cage) who is in love with Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker) only to have his plans to marry her thwarted by a gambler Tommy (James Caan) who is attracted to Betsy because she resembles his deceased wife. ***

Doesn’t sound like a comedy does it? Bergman’s film is an enjoyable light comedy and is the type of stuff you’d have on in the background waiting to do something more important. ---

Image & Sound:

Unlike most honeymoons, “Vegas” ain’t pretty all the time; the film varies with the image quality looking quite nice with a sharp looking, solid transfer to one that quickly descends into murkiness. It’s a bit frustrating to watch for that reason alone. I suspect this is an older HD transfer that Fox just ported it over to get their distribution fee for the ***

Audio sounds quite good with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio mix and while it may not be a lossless surround mix, it’s a good presentation for this primarily dialogue driven film. ---

Special Features:

A trailer that's all? Come on! There was a promo buff piece released at the time why not include that. Sloppy, sloppy work on the part of MGM and Fox and disappointing as well. ---

Final Words:

“Honeymoon in Vegas” plays like a bizarro world version of “Indecent Proposal” wanting to be the comedy the other film didn’t have the guts to be. Unfortunately, “Honeymoon in Vegas” isn’t very faithful to the outrageous potential of the premise. It’s diverting entertainment and better than the OTHER film but not exactly prime Bergman. The best I can say about “Honeymoon in Vegas” is at least I got to finally see how it ended.

 

 
 
 
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