Friends with Money (2006)

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Released 22-Jan-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Animation
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 83:59 (Case: 88)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Nicole Holofcener
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Catherine Keener
Jason Isaacs
Timm Sharp
Joan Cusack
Greg Germann
Hailey Noelle Johnson
Case ?
RPI $36.95 Music Rickie Lee Jones
Craig Richey
Deb Talan


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Have you ever watched a film which, although it's well acted and reasonably well put together, just leaves you feeling quite ambivalent? This one is one of those for me.

    Friends With Money is a relationship drama involving the lives of four friends. All are women of varying ages. The four friends are:

    The other three are very concerned about Olivia, who is still hung up on her ex-boyfriend. They think her life is going nowhere and they try to help her. Franny sets her up with her personal trainer, Mike and they start going out.

    The acting here is mostly of high quality as you would expect from most of this cast. Aniston does not disgrace herself either. The problem to my mind is that the plot really doesn't go anywhere. There is not enough resolution of issues and when the end comes it is abrupt and you are left to ponder what the character arc might have been for at least two of the four friends. I generally enjoy films which leave some details to the imagination, but this one leaves at lot more than it should, making you wonder if you missed something. Also, the stuff which did happen seemed somewhat unbelievable. There were some comedic elements which raised some chuckles.

    Basically, this is an actors film which I really can't recommend. I suppose I could be accused of not understanding this film as it centers on relationships between women, however, my wife was also very under whelmed by this film.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced, which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was fairly sharp and clear, but nothing overly special. There was no evidence of low level noise. There was some very light grain throughout.

    The colour was very good with no major issues to report.

    The only artefact I noticed was some minor aliasing here and there.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were clear, easy to read and positioned on screen under the speaker.

    This is a single layered disc.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains two audio options; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this movie is by Craig Richey and included some nice, moody piano. There were also songs by Rickie Lee Jones, which fans would enjoy.

    The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere but precious little else.

    The subwoofer was not used to any great effect.

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Extras

   

    None

Menu

    The menu was still and silent.

 

R4 vs R1

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

     This Region 4 version of this movie (when compared to Region 1) misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    Region 1 is the pick here. I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be a rental disc, with a retail version coming later.

Summary

    A well acted but under scripted film about four friends.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, January 26, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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