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Up Close & Personal [DVD] [1996]

Release Date:09/14/1999
Jon Avnet's glossy love story Up Close and Personal comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to the theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from Disney/Buena Vista, but it will do nothing to hook people who ignored the film during its initial theatrical run.
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    Special Features

    • Theatrical trailer
    • French-language track
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
    • Widescreen [1.85:1]


    Up Close & Personal
    A story about a career television journalist who eclipses her mentor, this drama's plot resembles that of A Star Is Born, and it shares the same screenwriters as those who penned the 1976 version of that film, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. It's based loosely on the real-life story of newscaster Jessica Savitch. Sally Atwater (Michelle Pfieffer) gets a job at a Miami TV station based on a demo tape from her hometown of Reno, Nevada. The station's news director is Warren Justice (Robert Redford), a former high-profile Washington newsman whose career has suffered from his insistence on integrity. He makes Sally his gofer and criticizes her clothes and appearance while she begs him for a chance to go on-air. She becomes the station's weathercaster and Warren gives her the stage name of Tally. With Warren's constant advice, she breaks into news reporting and her star rises quickly as the two become romantically involved. She takes a better job in Philadelphia, with Warren's blessing, and there she soon eclipses the anchorwoman Marcia McGrath (Stockard Channing). From there, Tally's career continues to flourish, while her relationship with Warren takes some strange twists and turns. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Robert Redford
      Robert Redford - Warren Justice
    • Michelle Pfeiffer
      Michelle Pfeiffer - Tally Atwater (formerly Sally)
    • Stockard Channing
      Stockard Channing - Marcia McGrath
    • Joe Mantegna
      Joe Mantegna - Bucky Terranova
    • Kate Nelligan
      Kate Nelligan - Joanna Kennelly

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