The Bridges Of Madison County
Warner Bros. / 1995 / 109 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
It was quite a surprise to many when Clint Eastwood optioned the movie on one of the most popular and romantic books ever.

Surprising it is too that this movie is very good and well made, but at the end of the day this is a "chick flick". Maybe Clint is getting soft in his old age!

The story is told back in story form after the death of Streep's character in a diary to her grown children.

Eastwood plays Robert Kincaid a National Geographic photographer who has come to Madison County to take pictures of there world famous covered bridges for a story in an upcoming issue.

There he meets Francesa Johnson (Meryl Streep) a married house wife who's family have gone to the state fair for a week and have left her on her lonesome. From there a love affair ensues.

The Bridges Of Madison County is a good movie if a little long. Great for women, not so good for most men as it will bore the tears out of them.

VIDEO
Hey what do you know, a great transfer from the people at Warner Bros.

The Bridges Of Madison County is completely sharp throughout with excellent definition.

Shadow detail was excellent.

Colors were vivid and well rendered.

There were MPEG artifacts visible. Film artifacts were few and far between.

AUDIO

Again another movie with a front heavy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix as it is a dialog driven movie.

The surrounds are used effectively in some scenes to create ambience and to underscore music.

The dialog was always easy to hear.

.1 channel was not used.

EXTRAS

This disc is very light on extras. They only include 

Production Notes
Cast Notes

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Surely a "chick flick" on a nice disc that is lacking on extras.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 09 Dec 2000 14:39:57 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 129 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 7/10/1998
Catalog Number: 13772
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 33
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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