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Review: The Lawnmower Man

Old 11-20-99, 11:52 PM
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I know, I know, not a new movie right. Well its new in my collection. After Tron I was looking for more computer animation. The Lawnmower Man(TLM) delivers in spades!!! It's pretty cool to compare the technology in the two. Along with having dolby 5.1, the graphics really sizzled. Pierce Brosnan does a great job as the scientist. Though as James Bond he has classic roles that he plays with penuche, in TLM you get to see him do some pretty good acting. Jeff Fahey playing the simple minded lawnmowing man. He was really good in his role. He was right up there with Decaprio in that Gilbert Grape movie.

The DVD has both quality and quantity, so much so you'd think it was a Criterion Collection dics.

On the first side there is:
-the movie in widescreen 1.85:1, Dolby Digital 5.1.
-star highlights from other movies
-An audio comentary with the director, Brett Leonard and the producer, Gimel Everett.

On the flip side there is load of extras:
-Twelve deleted sceens (I swear I saw a version that had these scenes intact)
-Theatrical trailer
-Storyboard comparisons
-Extra animated sequences

Even books based on Stephen King's short stories rock. I recomend this disc to anyone who ever liked the movie. For the price I paid for it I am very happy

Mike
Old 11-21-99, 12:22 AM
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You did see those scenes intact--on the special edition laserdisc! Yet another example of a laserdisc that is a step above the DVD (and the reason why my DVD library remains LAWNMOWER MAN-less). A surprising, thankfully isolated oversight on the part of New Line Home Video, which I hope they see fit to correct in the near future.

Also, Stephen King sued to have his name removed from this film, and it is no longer listed in any of the official lists and chronologies of his creative career. I really do enjoy the movie but, truthfully, the only thing it shares with the original short story is the title.

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