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SAY ANYTHING...
(20th Anniversary Edition)

Having a tremendous depth of character, and featuring sensitive performances from its leading players, writer/director Cameron Crowe’s SAY ANYTHING... ($35) is a film that says a whole heck of a lot. Additionally, SAY ANYTHING... is the antithesis of a typical teen romantic comedy, yet it is probably the most celebrated film of that particular genre. In addition, SAY ANYTHING... is a movie that defines a generation, yet even as the film marks its twentieth anniversary it demonstrates a universal appeal that allows it to speak to every new generation of teens that comes of age, moves out into the world, and experiences the first great love of their lives.

The premise of SAY ANYTHING... finds Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) graduating from his Seattle, Washington high school with no plans for his future, other than his aspirations to be a kickboxer. Despite being a mediocre student, Lloyd has had a crush on the class valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye). Taking a leap of faith, Lloyd decides to act upon, even though Diane has just won a major fellowship to study in England, and he knows she will be leaving the country at the end of the summer. Diane reluctantly goes out first date with Lloyd, but is won over by his unexpected charm and other endearing qualities, which results in the two beginning a serious romantic relationship. Along the way, the relationship encounters a major hurdle- namely Diane’s disapproving father Jim (John Mahoney), who comes under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, which leaves Diane feeling guilty about spending time with Lloyd, when she should be supporting her father. The cast of SAY ANYTHING... also features Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks, Pamela Adlon, Jason Gould, Loren Dean, Jeremy Piven, Bebe Neuwirth, Eric Stoltz, Chynna Phillips, Dan Castellaneta, Lois Chiles and Joan Cusack.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made SAY ANYTHING... available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. While not a demo disc by any stretch, I was still marveling at how great the 1080p presentation for this twenty-year-old film looked- a great deal of the credit has to go to László Kovács wonderful cinematography. Surprisingly clean and clear SAY ANYTHING... demonstrates good levels of sharpness, fine detail and texturing. Colors appear warm and attractive, without appearing over-saturated. Additionally, the flesh tones look great. Blacks are generally quite accurate, while the whites appear stable. Contrast is quite good and shadow detail is fairly impressive for eighties film stocks. The elements from which SAY ANYTHING... has been mastered are again, surprisingly clean. A mild veneer of grain is ever present, which gives the presentation a wonderfully organic quality.

SAY ANYTHING... is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Considering that SAY ANYTHING... originated in the Dolby Surround era, it should come as no surprise that the sonics are representative of a standard issue, talky comedy mix from twenty years ago. Most of the sound is front and center, with the outlying channels seeing occasional active effects, as well as general ambience. Of course, the track does come to life any time one of the soundtrack’s numerous pop/rock tunes is queued up, and I have to say, the music does benefit from the lossless encode. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. An English Dolby Surround track has also been provided, as have French and Spanish monaural tracks.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some supplements. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with Cameron Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye. Featurettes and other programs include: An Iconic Film Revisited: Say Anything…20 Years Later (twenty one minutes), A Conversation With Cameron Crowe (ten minutes), I Love Say Anything… (eight minutes) and a Vintage Featurette (seven minutes). The disc also features a To Know Say Anything… Is To Love It! Trivia Track (requires a Profile 1.1 player). Alternate Scenes, Deleted Scenes and Extended Scenes are also provided. A Photo Gallery, TV Spots and Theatrical Trailers close out the supplements.

Even after twenty years SAY ANYTHING... speaks volumes about the talented people who made it. The Blu-ray presentation is surprisingly attractive and pleasing. Highly recommended.

 

SAY ANYTHING... 


Say Anything... (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1989)

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