Scent of a WomanDirector: Martin Brest
Scent of a Woman is another fine, if featureless, DVD transfer from Universal. With a crystal clear 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and adequate Dolby Surround Sound, the film thankfully avoids a digital treatment that just looks like a sloppy recycling of an older transfer. Unfortunately, with no extras but a theatrical trailer, Scent of a Woman isn't worth much more than a rental. The film is distinguished as the project that finally got Al Pacino his long-elusive Oscar for Best Actor, so there would be some basis for at least a production featurette. Pacino's fine performance isn't the only ignored topic, as the film also introduced now-popular actors like Chris O'Donnell and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It would have been interesting to see retrospective interviews with the actors now, looking back on the experience. Also, the film's subject matter was a departure for director Martin Brest, who had previously directed Beverly Hills Cop. Now that Gus Van Sant has cornered the market on tales of mentorship and bonding between older and younger men, Brest might have been able to deliver some insightful comments about a film that preceded films like Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester. Scent of a Woman is worth a look with a good digital transfer, but the lack of supplements keeps it in a rental category.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Al Pacino||Lt. Col. Frank Slade|
|Chris O'Donnell||Charlie Simms|
|James Rebhorn||Mr. Trask|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||George Willis Jr.|
|Richard Venture||W.R. Slade|
|Ron Eldard||Officer Gore|
|Frances Conroy||Christine Downes|
|Sally Murphy||Karen Rossi|
|Nicholas Sadler||Harry Havemeyer|
|Matt Smith||Jimmy Jameson|
|Tom Riis Farrell||Garry|
|Todd Louiso||Trent Potter|
|Michael Santoro||Donny Rossi|
|Erika Feldman||Francine Rossi|
|Max Stein||Willie Rossi|
|Leonard Gaines||Freddie Bisco|
|Baxter Harris||George Willis, Sr.|
|Francie Swift||Flight Attendant|
|William Beckwith||Oak Room Maitre d'|
|J.T. Cromwell||Ballroom Waiter|
|Michael Lisenco||Cab Driver|
|Divina Cook||Night Maid|
|Aude Bronson-Howard||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|G. Mac Brown||Associate Producer,Production Manager|
|Angelo P. Graham||Production Designer|
|Steven W. Graham||Art Director|
|Thomas Newman||Score Composer|
|Ronald L. Schwary||Executive Producer|
0. Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 02:36:16
1. The Baird Preparatory School (Main Titles). [6:22]
2. The Job Interview. [1:06]
3. A Prep School Prank. [8:19]
4. One Special Student. [4:16]
5. I'm Giving You Pearls Here. [3:41]
6. The Waldorf Astoria. [:37]
7. Thanksgiving Dinner. [6:21]
8. A.45 In .25. [4:15]
9. Tango Lessons. [3:49]
10. The Ferrari. [:18]
11. Back Too Fast. [6:06]
12. An Open Meeting. [6:13]
13. The Colonel Speaks Out. [6:12]
14. The Disciplinary Committee's Decision. [7:45]
15. The End Of A Really Hard Weekend. [3:12]
16. End Titles [2:57]
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This is extreme Pacino hyperbole...and you're loving every minute of it! This is screenwriter Bo Goldman's finest work since 1982's ''Shoot The Moon'' and it only makes you wish that his word processor wasn't as silent as it has been since 1993. Pacino's Oscar winning performance is a mind burner. You can't forget Lt. Colonel Frank Slade anymore than you can forget Michael Corleone, Tony Montana or Vincent Hanna. Chris O'Donnel became a star with his supporting performance. This flick makes you want to hang out for a few hours at the perfume counter at Bergdorf Goodman before making The Oak Room for dinner.
Whoowahh!!! Excellent movie. Al Pacino is awesome. It is a great story about feeling like you have nothing to live for, but then realizing that you have so much to offer someone else. Fantastic!
This is really a touching story full of humor, sadness, friendship, and pretty much everything. I felt every emotion at one point or another while watching this film. These two guys couldn't be more different from eachother yet each has something that the other needs. The boy, Charlie, has his problems at school which are solved by Al Pacino's wisdom and life experience. He has problems of his own regarding life and purpose- Charlie's youthful approach sheds new light on those things. If for no other reason, kids, the TANGO SCENE alone is worth watching the film for!! Al Pacino is brilliant as this rough character, hardened by life's unfortunate events but couldn't be more gentle, sensitive, and gallant when dancing the tango.. not to mention HANDSOME!
Anyone who likes Al Pacino will love this movie!! You can really see why he won an oscar for his performance.
Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell's performances are fantastic in this coming of age tale. I highly recommend this film.