Mar 122014
 

Fever Pitch is a fun British romantic drama featuring solid performances from Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell. It’s filled with good drama providing background into Firth’s character and his obsession with “football” over-layered with his personal drama as an adult, giving layers to what could’ve otherwise been a fluffy film. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up a bland video transfer, a good audio track and a limited set of bonus materials.

 

 

Fever Pitch
(1997)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance
Twilight Time | R – 102 min. – $24.95 | March 11, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
David Evans
Writer(s): Nick Hornby (book); Nick Hornby (screenplay)
Cast: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Neil Pearson, Lorraine Ashbourne, Mark Strong

DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Isolated Score Track
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, English
Disc Size: 29.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE

Plot Outline: Writer Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) adapts his own memoir about his fervent devotion to Arsenal Football Club in Fever Pitch, a tale for anyone who’s ever cherished a fixation. Colin Firth stars as Paul, a gifted young teacher whose football obsession gets in the way of his burgeoning relationship with an attractive colleague (RUTH GEMMELL). As his team edges toward their first championship in two decades can Paul sort out where his most passionate feelings really lie?

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5

Not a whole lot here except for an Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman and an Isolated Score Track. If you’ve ever listened to the commentaries featuring Kirgo, Redman or the others who typically appear on Twilight Time releases, you know they tend to be a treat, though more steering toward academic perspectives.


VIDEO – 3.25/5

On the surface, the 1080p high-definition transfer for Fever Pitch isn’t too bad, free of artifacts, dust marks and other maladies that can even plague more recent releases. However, it is a drab looking movie where colors at times aren’t vibrant, although there are a couple scenes where some reds do pop out a bit more. Otherwise, it’s an OK transfer just nothing that will immediately impress you.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track at least is robust with clear dialogue levels and even when music is played, it comes through the channels relatively well; even the scenes at the soccer stadium provides a little depth.



OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, Fever Pitch is a fun British romantic drama featuring solid performances from Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell. It’s filled with good drama providing background into Firth’s character and his obsession with “football” over-layered with his personal drama as an adult, giving layers to what could’ve otherwise been a fluffy film. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up a bland video transfer, a good audio track and a limited set of bonus materials.

 

Published: 03/12/2014

 

 

 

 

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