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The Color of Money [DVD] [1986]

Release Date:03/14/2000
Paul Neaman returns to a role that made him famous in director Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money. Sadly, this 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is presented non-anamorphic, and as such suffers from a lack of true definition and crispness. While the colors are all fairly solid and bright, overall it's a disappointment to see an Oscar winning film given such shoddy treatment by Buena Vista. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 4.1 in English and French and plays above average. While the directional effects are kept to a minimum, this is still an apt mix that includes nary an once of hiss or distortion in the dialogue, music or effects. The extra features on this disc are floating at the bottom of the barrel -- all that's included are some paltry recommendation from the distributor.
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    Special Features

    • French-language track
    • 4.1 Surround
    • Widescreen [1.85:1], enhanced for 16x9 televisions


    The Color of Money
    Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable George C. Scott was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young Tom Cruise, who is goaded into accepting Felson's patronage by his avaricious girl friend Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cruise learns not only the refinements of the game, but also the dirty trickery that will help him lure in the suckers. As Cruise becomes successful on these terms, Felson seethes with jealousy, hitting the bottle and carelessly allowing himself to fall victim to another hustler. He tells Cruise to get lost, and vows to make an honest comeback. It is inevitable from this point onward that the younger and the older player will square off in a game for the biggest stakes of all: Fast Eddie Felson's self-respect. Both the original Hustler and The Color of Money were based on novels by Walter Tevis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Paul Newman
      Paul Newman - Eddie Felson
    • Tom Cruise
      Tom Cruise - Vincent Lauria
    • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
      Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Carmen
    • Helen Shaver
      Helen Shaver - Janelle
    • John Turturro
      John Turturro - Julian

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