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"Mystic Pizza" {Blu-ray}
Wayne Klein
Studio: MGM
Release Date:
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Before Julia Roberts became a big star there was a bit of potential hinted at in this slice-of-life romantic/comedy/drama. "Mystic Pizza" created quite a buzz at the time for Roberts although the other cast members including Annabeth Gish ("The X-Files" seasons 8 and 9) and Lily Taylor both shine in the film as well. Focusing on the romantic adventures of these three girls as they discover what they want out of life isn't necessarily what life will give them as a gift. ***

One of the earliest break out roles for Roberts "Mystic Pizza" is a solid romantic comedy with plenty of serious moments as well. The ensemble cast features some terrific performances and there's even a cameo by Matt Damon in one brief scene well before his break through roles or Oscar win. ---

Image & Sound:

Fox which has been doing the honors for MGM over the last couple of years when it comes to handling the distribution of their films (and I'm assuming also the transfers for home video) does a solid job with "Mystic Pizza". The colors are good throughout while the depth is an improvement over the SD DVD. There's a bit too much DNR applied for my taste but over all the film looks quite nice. ***

The 5.1 mix is not very active. Dialogue is crisp clear and upfront.

Special Features:

No special features worth noting for the film which is too bad as this film was the launching pad for a number of talented actors.

Final Words:

"Mystic Pizza" is an enjoyable "chick flick" with some stellar performances from rising stars such as Roberts, Gish and Taylor. It's a pity we don't get any extras discussing what made the casting director decide on these three actresses for the film vs. others.


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