The Golden Bowl
Nick Nolte, Kate Beckinsale, and Uma Thurman star in the dramatic Merchant/Ivory production The Golden Bowl. Lion's Gate has done an only passable job on this 2.35:1 non-anamorphic transfer. The picture often sports a harsh amount of edge enhancement, as well as a lack of sharpness and texture in the images. The color schemes and black levels all look evenly rendered, though lack some of the detail that should be present on a recent DVD release. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, though since this is a dialogue-driven drama, it's not surprising to find the bulk of this soundtrack limited to the front speakers only. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are all free of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc is a Dolby 2.0 soundtrack as well as English and Spanish subtitles. The only extra feature available on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film, disappointing those who heard the rumors that there would be a "production commentary" originally available on this release.