12/04/2016  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Miramax Pictures presents
Little Voice (1998)

"When he had these records on he sparkled. Not dazzling like you, but with fine lights. Fine lights."
- Little Voice (Jane Horrocks)

Review By: Robert Mandel   
Published: May 07, 2000

Stars: Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn, Michael Caine
Other Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent
Director: Mark Herman

MPAA Rating: R for language and brief nudity.
Run Time: 01h:37m:00s
Release Date: July 13, 1999
UPC: 717951002815
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ BC+B- D

DVD Review

Little Voice is yet another off-beat but personal British comedy with an ensemble of quirky characters that feels a bit like Rainman on estrogen.. Jane Horrocks plays Little Voice (LV), called that because she speaks more like a quiet Shirley Temple than a woman in her early twenties, and spends all of her time cooped up in her room listening to her dead father's old record collection.

Her mother is the widow Mari Hoff, an uproarious dominating yente played to the hilt by Academy Award®- nominated Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies). Disappointed by the perceived weakness of both her dead husband and daughter, Mari thinks she has made it big when she bags talent scout and huckster Ray Clay, portrayed with a wonderful smarmy sleaze by Michael Caine. When the power goes out the night she brings Ray home, we discover LV has a hidden talent: she is able to recreate with eerie exactness the singing styles of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Shirley Bassey. "I'm telling you you're sitting on top of a goldmine; not somewhere over the rainbow, but up there," Ray tells Mari. Seeing dollar signs, Ray undertakes to convince LV to leave the sanctity of their abandoned record store home; a not so easy task indeed.

In the meantime, the slow and introverted Billy, played by Ewan McGregor, a telephone installer trainee and a young man more comfortable with the homing pigeons he keeps than with people, is smitten at first sight with the shy LV. His attempts to get the attention of LV without her mother's knowledge create several of this film's most special moments. Although in a very small role, McGregor shows his versatility as an actor (Episode One: Phantom Menace, Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine).

Writer/director Mark Herman also received some fine supporting performances by Annette Badland as "Sadie," Jim Broadbent (Time Bandits) as the near intolerable "Mr. Boo," and Philip Jackson as Billy's co-worker, "George."

LV: Has Dwayne come home yet?
Billy: No. It happens sometimes out there, flying free. They like it. You should try it some time LV.


Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Unfortunately Miramax has given this film a non-anamorphic 1.85:1 original aspect ratio transfer that is not very good. There are many scratches, pops and nicks, particularly in the opening sequences, and evidence of grain and pixelation throughout. The colors are nicely rendered however, with the exception of reddish fleshtones during some indoor scenes. You would think they would have been able to find a cleaner print of such a new film.

Image Transfer Grade: C+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is fairly unimpressive. The sound is mostly center oriented with hardly any rear channel output at all, even during full-blown musical numbers. Although this isn't a full-surround kind of film, a more dynamic soundstage could have made me forgive some of the visual shortcomings. The dialogue is well rendered and understandable, even with the thickest of accents.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 24 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Film recommendations
Extras Review: Miramax barebone features include film recommendations (without trailers), and captions for the hearing impaIred.

Extras Grade: D

 

Final Comments

All in all, Little Voice is a funny and touching romance where Brenda Blethyn shines in her Oscar® nominated role, but the lack of quality transfers and special features makes this a renter. Recommended.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store