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Scent of a Woman [DVD] [1992]

  • SKU: 3366235
  • Release Date: 04/29/1998
  • Rating: R
Scent of a Woman is another fine, if featureless, DVD transfer from Universal. With a crystal clear 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and adequate Dolby Surround Sound, the film thankfully avoids a digital treatment that just looks like a sloppy recycling of an older transfer. Unfortunately, with no extras but a theatrical trailer, Scent of a Woman isn't worth much more than a rental. The film is distinguished as the project that finally got Al Pacino his long-elusive Oscar for Best Actor, so there would be some basis for at least a production featurette. Pacino's fine performance isn't the only ignored topic, as the film also introduced now-popular actors like Chris O'Donnell and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It would have been interesting to see retrospective interviews with the actors now, looking back on the experience. Also, the film's subject matter was a departure for director Martin Brest, who had previously directed Beverly Hills Cop. Now that Gus Van Sant has cornered the market on tales of mentorship and bonding between older and younger men, Brest might have been able to deliver some insightful comments about a film that preceded films like Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester. Scent of a Woman is worth a look with a good digital transfer, but the lack of supplements keeps it in a rental category.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 22)

    Synopsis


    Scent of a Woman
    Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino), a blind, retired army colonel who hires Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a poor college student on the verge of expulsion, to take care of him over Thanksgiving weekend. At the beginning of the weekend, Frank takes Charlie to New York, where he reveals to the student that he intends to visit his family, have a few terrific meals, sleep with a beautiful woman and, finally, commit suicide. The film follows the mis-matched pair over the course of the weekend, as they learn about life through their series of adventures. Though the story is a little contrived and predictable, it pulls all the right strings, thanks to O'Donnell's sympathetic supporting role and Pacino's powerful lead performance, for which he won his first Academy Award. Scent of a Woman is based on the 1975 Italian film Profumo Di Donna. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Al Pacino
      Al Pacino - Lt. Col. Frank Slade
    • Chris O'Donnell
      Chris O'Donnell - Charlie Simms
    • James Rebhorn
      James Rebhorn - Mr. Trask
    • Gabrielle Anwar
      Gabrielle Anwar - Donna
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman
      Philip Seymour Hoffman - George Willis Jr.



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

      Posted
      Foochey

      Al Pacino didn't win an oscar for this movie for nothing. It starts out a tad slow but gets better and better and the more you watch it, the better it gets. If anyone lives with a disability like I do, you can definitely relate to the character's emotions, frustrations, lonliness, and grit. The story is great, and the acting superb. Chris O'Donnell was great as well. Highly reommended. One of my top five all-time favorites.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      HOO- YAH

      Posted
      Tonytiger
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      One of Pacino's best films. He plays a blind ex-military officer being "babysat" by a student needing money. The job turns out to be not what he expected. Great movie at a great price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Award Winner!!

      Posted
      ontopofit
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      Of course Al Pacino won an award for this movie.....why wouldn't he?? Tough guy but under it all what? what is he looking for?? great movie!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must See Movie

      Posted
      mymovies03
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      I have always loved this movie, and having it brought to blu-ray is great. Pacino does a great job, and I would recommend this to any movie fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Meh! not good, but not bad either

      Posted
      VGFanatic
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      The acting was great, but the storyline wasn't all that. I just don't get what all the hype was about in this movie. But I would recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Al pacino at his best

      Posted
      Max1206
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      this is a classic coming of age with a moral issue and an unlikely mentor who tangos on. Just a great movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Stuff

      Posted
      actionman420
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      This is a great Hollywood drama, filled with terrific dialogue and wonderful emotional moments. And of course - Pacino POWER!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      James Rebhorn is a real jerk

      Posted
      Arnold
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      This movie is basically all Al Pacino's performance. There really isn't much else to talk about.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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