Review: As Good As It Gets (Blu-ray)

Twilight Time brings James L. Brooks award sweeping dramedy, As Good As It Gets, to a Limited Edition Blu-ray!

  • Director: James L. Brooks
  • Starring: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 139 Minutes
  • Company: Twilight Time
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Discs: 1 - 50GB
  • Video: 1.78:1 - 1080p - AVC
  • Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Region: All
  • Released: 6/12/2012

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is a horror of a human being. In between being a highly successful romance novelist, Melvin has a raging case of OCD and despises everyone & thing he comes into contact with, especially his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear). The only one who seems to put up with his jarring antics is Carol (Helen Hunt), a single mother waitress that can't decide if Melvin's the most despicable or romantic man she's ever met. After a life threatening assault leaves Simon emotionally and financially broken, the three reluctantly band together for a road trip that will test their love, and hate, for one another.
I was only 5 years old when As Good As It Gets opened to highly positive reviews and box office success in 1997, even at a young age with no interest in what'd I'd then probably describe as a "boring grown up movie", it was almost impossible to not hear the universal praise.Watching As Good As It Gets now, as a 20 year old, I positively love this film.
Jack Nicholson is on fire here as Melvin Udall. Nicholson perfectly balances acting like a hateful scumbag while being a lovable kook all at once. It certainly ranks as one of his best onscreen portrayals in his decade spanning acting oeuvre. Same goes for Helen Hunt, who righteously won an Academy Award (as did Nicholson) for her fantastic work here. Hunt brings so much kindness and humanity as Carol, you can't help but be in love with her. Hell, even Greg Kinnear (an actor I've never really fancied) turns in a superb performance that shamefully was ignored.
As Good As It Gets really gives off an old Hollywood vibe, in a narrative sense. Guy hates life. Guy meets Girl. Girl hates Guy. Guy learns to change. Girl loves Guy. It's very sweet & sappy but watching a high and low New York romance unfold is simply heart warming. The addition of the most adorable dog to grace the screen helps as well. If you don't say, "awww" numerous times throughout then I guess you're not a romcom or dog fan.

  •  Video
Twilight Time's 1.78:1 framed, 1080p transfer of As Good As It Gets is very pleasing, offering a nicely detailed, filmic image that really benefits from the HD boost. There's been some harsh online chatter concerning the quality of the picture but in my opinion it's hearsay. I did notice a couple of close ups in the film are on the soft side but it's too minor to even mention. Colors are spot on and much detail is present throughout. Grover Crisp and his team at Sony have delivered another superb transfer that continues to favor Twilight Time's reputation.
  •  Audio
The sole English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is incredibly good and fine tuned. As Good As It Gets is a very mellow, dialogue driven film and that comes through crystal clear here without any hiccups present.

Bonus Features
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Isolated Score
Like all Twilight Time discs, the option to solely listen to the films' score while watching is available in English DTS-HD MA 2.0.
  • Twilight Time Catalog
A digital feature that allows you to scroll through the labels catalog of current and upcoming releases.
  • Booklet
An 8 page booklet by Twilight Time's go-to film critic Julie Kirgo is, like always, very informative and detailed as Ms. Kirgo waxes poetic about the themes, characters and behind-the-scenes happenings. Always a delight to read the included booklets and this one is another fine example.
  •  Limited Edition
All Twilight Times releases are limited to 3000 copies and can be purchased through their exclusive online distributor Screen Archives. If you're a fan of these films and want the exclusive spec & bonus features, then don't hesitate and get them now before they sell out!

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