Martin Brest's romantic fantasy Meet Joe Black comes to DVD with this double-disc set from Universal. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtracks are closed-captioned. The second disc in this package contains the feature-length film Death Takes a Holiday, which was the inspiration for Meet Joe Black. Death Takes a Holiday is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include production notes, trailers, a pedestrian making-of featurette, and a still photo gallery. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access the film's website and can compare the script to the final image in the film. This is a great disc.
Excellent acting and music score, though it's a bit creepy in some regards. How many of us think of "Death" as a conscious non-human entity? And who would actually want to have sex with Death (Joe Black) even if the alien/extraterrestrial/supernatural creature happened to take a body as handsome as Brad Pitt's? Yes, this film involves the possession of a human being by Death, or as Death puts it, "I needed a body." The top of the pyramid, penthouse-dwelling main character (Bill Parrish) is an obvious stand-in for the 1% of the 1%. And the last name Parrish is unlikely to be irrelevant. He is held up as a paragon of virtue and personal achievement. Even when he loses his temper it is for an honorable reason. We are told the President may attend his birthday party, and the city is making exceptions for him to have his own fireworks display. And yet at least in this case, the man seems to have achieved his wealth and status in a way that is beyond reproach--though we never get any details to confirm this, and must surmise it by his actions. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" seems an odd choice for the ending music, though it was beautifully rendered.
Well i am a science fiction nerd so I wasn't to sure about this film at first. The characters are above life for sure. I suppose that's part of the allure of the film. There are bits in the film that are quite engaging and the movie moves along at a decent pace. I suppose it depends on what things pull at your heart strings. I was engaged and wanted to see what would happen. Then again I do like the actress in the film so that probably helped my case.
this sort of thing may not be for everyone, but it does provide an escape if you let it.