Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

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Released 17-Nov-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 101:02
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Norman Renť

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Alec Baldwin
Meg Ryan
Kathy Bates
Ned Beatty
Patty Duke
Richard Riehle
Stanley Tucci
Sydney Walker
Rocky Carroll
Debra Monk
Ray Gill
Ward Ohrman
Annie Golden
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music Howard Shore

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 4.0 L-C-R-S (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 4.1 L-C-R-S-Sub (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 4.1 L-C-R-S-Sub (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 4.1 L-C-R-S-Sub (384Kb/s)
Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 4.0 L-C-R-S (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Dutch
English for the Hearing Impaired
French Titling
German Titling
Italian Titling
Spanish Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Prelude to a Kiss (1992) on the surface looks like the usual Meg Ryan + leading man romantic comedy but this one couldnít be any more different to the standard fare. Based on an acclaimed original stage production and perhaps influenced by the surprise success of Ghost (1990), the love story includes a supernatural theme and a strange one at that.

Many reviewers disregarded the supernatural themes in the film upon its release, but this isnít unusual - many mainstream audiences cannot accept such fantastical themes in film either, unless the film is a comedy and as a result Prelude to a Kiss (1992) is highly underrated.

Starring a luminous Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin and directed by the late Norman Renť, the film tells the tale of Rita Boyle and Peter Hoskins, who meet at a party at the insistence of Peterís friend, Taylor (Stanley Tucci). The two are immediately drawn to each other and they discover they have many things in common but their outlook on the world is quite different - she is frightened of living while he is hopeful and drawn to the prospect having children and settling down. Nevertheless they continue to see each other and discuss the meaning of life in the way most Hollywood films do. They decide to marry after several months of dating but after the wedding Rita dramatically changes, causing Peter much angst.

Overall Prelude to a Kiss (1992) is a romantic tale with a twist, which is executed quite well and remains intimate, much like a play. It feels old-fashioned yet it isnít particularly conventional and if you are a fan of either of the leads or films of this genre you will enjoy it. The film also stars Sydney Walker, Patty Duke and Kathy Bates.

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Transfer Quality


Presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and 16x9 enhanced the picture looks reasonable considering the age of the film. There are no intrusive flaws and the colour remains vibrant and flesh tones natural, although the image isnít particularly striking due to some minor grain and minimal white specks. Overall it is an average affair and subtitles are clear and true to the onscreen dialogue.

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Prelude to a Kiss (1992) is a dialogue based film as it is derived from a play. The discrete English Dolby Digital 4.0 L-C-R-S (384Kb/s) soundtrack is practical for this film and as expected the film is directed at the front soundstage. The sound is clear and audible without any flaws and Howard Shore's melodramatic score has been produced nicely. There are a few songs which appear in the background by artists such as The Divinyls, Annie Lennox, and Bryan Ferry.

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Surround Channel Use


There are no extras presented on this disc. The main menu is static without any audio. There are twenty scene selections and a host of subtitle options.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The R1 presentation is almost identical to the local release. The difference is that the R1 includes trailers for other 20th Century Fox titles including the original theatrical trailer, Courage Under Fire and French Kiss, both of which star Meg Ryan, as well as Picture Perfect, A Walk of the Clouds and Ever After.


Prelude to a Kiss (1992) is an admirable film with a solid cast. The presentation of the romance film is typical of its era and there are no extras included.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1910, using DVI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS
Speakers(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12

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