Belle of the Nineties
Unless Universal decides to re-release Belle Of The Nineties itself, fans of this delightfully loopy period romance/musical/drama will have to seek out Image Entertainment's late 1990's DVD edition. The transfer is decent but no better -- the source material looks to be a clean but not perfect 35mm print, with a few flaws such as damaged frames, rough splices, and dirt in spots, but nothing that would do violence to the movie, just very little that would make it seem better than it better did on television. When Universal does get around to doing its own DVD release, one can expect a sharper, cleaner transfer. The 16 chapters on this disc are more than adequate in a movie as episodic as this one, and all of the songs are marked off. Anyone seeking this movie out because of the presence of Duke Ellington and his orchestra, however, may be disappointed -- they take a distinctly subordinate role, and there is no featured spot for the band by itself. There are no special features, and the movie begins playing automatically on start-up.