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The Sure Thing [Special Edition] [DVD] [1985]

Release Date:08/05/2003
Rob Reiner directed this clever teen-centric comedy, which has been given a solid presentation for this Special Edition DVD release. The Sure Thing has been given two transfers for this disc: a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors, and a pan-and-scan version in the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. The English-language soundtrack appears in its original mix in Dolby Digital Mono, as well as in a version remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, while this edition also features optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring Rob Reiner, three short documentaries on the making of the picture, and an optional trivia track which features fun facts about the movie.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

    Special Features

    • "The Road to The Sure Thing" restrospective featurette
    • Three mini-featurettes on the making of The Sure Thing
    • Audio commentary with director Rob Reiner
    • Trivia track
    • Hidden menu features
    • Closed Captioned


    The Sure Thing
    Director Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing is essentially It Happened One Night for the 1980s, but its lack of surprise in no way impedes its entertainment value. John Cusack plays Walter "Gib" Gibson, a self-involved college freshman who makes plans to head to California, there to touch base (and a few other things) with a "sure thing" played by Nicollette Sheridan. Likewise planning a westward journey is coed Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga), a control freak who has a wealthy, stuffy fiancé over there. Gib and Alison despise one another on sight -- so naturally, they are compelled to travel to California together. The fact that everyone in the audience knows precisely how this one will end up is inconsequential; Cusack and Zuniga deliver such engaging performances that we're pulling for them to wise up and discover one another from the very first scene. One of the best bits: the mismatched couple being bombarded with an ear-piercing rendition of "The Age of Aquarius" by their dippy traveling companions. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Cusack
      John Cusack - Walter "Gib" Gibson
    • Daphne Zuniga
      Daphne Zuniga - Alison Bradbury
    • Anthony Edwards
      Anthony Edwards - Lance
    • Boyd Gaines
      Boyd Gaines - Jason
    • Tim Robbins
      Tim Robbins - Gary Cooper

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