As part of its 100th Anniversary this year, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will offer special re-issues of selected catalog titles, and the Scent of a Woman Blu-ray will arrive in the June wave. Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) won an Academy Award for his work in the film as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a free-spirited blind man who enlists the services of poor prep school student Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell, Batman Forever) over the Thanksgiving holiday.
While Charlie assumes his duties will be limited to chauffeuring the lieutenant colonel around and avoiding his profanity-filled verbal tirades, Slade has other ideas, and he coerces Charlie into accompanying him on a wild week in New York City, an experience that slowly develops into a valuable journey of self-discovery for the two men.
This is a good movie, but not for Pacino. He chewed the scenery in this movie. Normally Pacino is a great actor UNLESS there is yelling involved. He just can't do yelling. I don't understand it.
The bad guy was a mustache twirler whose presence was only to serve up softballs for Pacino's character. Oh, and the tired old "poor man much choose between lucrative benefit and his dignity" theme. IMO the best part of this movie is Philip Seymour Hoffman. I remember being impressed by his performance when I first saw this movie. That cute little filly Gabrielle Anwar wasn't too bad either.
But, as always, the more movies on Blu-ray the better, so yay for Scent of a Woman!
I've never seen Scent of a Woman, but that preview looks good, I generally like the performances of Al Pacino (one of my favorite actors) and I very much like another work from director Martin Brest, Meet Joe Black. I'll check out this blu-ray (probably rent it) after it arrives.
It's nice that Universal is using its centennial to really delve into its rich catalog and bring many of those films to blu, some with high-quality, thorough restorations, to boot. The studio's floodgates seem to be opening at long last.
This really is a great film. It was well received at the time, but it seems like it gets flack nowdays. It's true that Pacino should have gotten an Oscar beforehand ("The Godfather Part II", notably), and many say that this was a sympathy vote for never giving it to him before...but I still believe he deserved the Oscar for this. It's a magnificent performance.
And we should mention the fantastic score by the great Thomas Newman. His music elevates Pacino's extraordinary performance and gives the film real emotional depth. It's a truly moving score, one of his best and one of the best scores in the last two decades.