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When Bounce was released in theaters during the crowded month of November, I was worried it wouldn't get the shot it deserved. A small movie seeing it's release on the same week as The Grinch, it had seemed to be over looked by Miramax. Earning roughly $33 million at the box office it was simply overlooked in an overcrowded market place. Now Miramax and Buena Vista Entertainment give you a second chance to "Bounce".

Bounce
Movie
Bounce is a great film that shouldn't be overlooked. Ben Affleck stars as Buddy Ameral, an advertising exec who along with many other passengers is stuck at Chicago's airport due to a storm. In the early minutes of the film he is seen flirting with a gate attendant (played by Jennifer Grey) and having drinks in an airport bar. It is here that we are introduced to a playwright named Greg, who accepted a bounce to await a later plane. A "bounce" is when you agree to be bounced from an overbooked plane for some sort of compensation.

The bar is crowded and Buddy invites Greg over to his table to have drinks with him and his female companion Mimi (played by SPECIES' Natasha Henstridge). Greg explains how his wife is unhappy that he accepted the bounce as he was supposed to sell Christmas trees the next morning with his son. Time passes and Buddy's plane is ready to board. Greg heads off to his room at the airport hotel and Buddy to his plane. But then he thinks that Greg should have the ticket and he'll take the overnight layover instead so that he can spend more time with Mimi. So Greg boards the plane illegally and Buddy stays with Mimi.

Buddy wakes up in the middle of the night to the sound of the TV news A plane has gone down in Kansas and it turns out to be Greg's flight. Unable to deal with this he sinks into a deep depression and begins having a problem with alcohol. A year and a trip to rehab later, Buddy is trying to make amends and seeks out Greg's wife Abby. Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a realtor in LA, and not a good one at that. Buddy sets her up with a deal, and they slowly fall in love.

The film's title Bounce works on more than one level. At first it's about being "Bounced" off an airplane, but later on it's symbolic of the relationship between Abby and Buddy. Everyone in the film gives strong performances. Indeed, there is a real chemistry between Affleck and Paltrow and their two characters matched up by Buddy's need to make peace with himself for something he did not cause.

Direction by Don Roos (THE OPPOSITE OF SEX) is excellent and the music fits the mood perfectly.

Bounce
Video
Bounce is presented in it's original ratio of 1.85:1 from Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Miramax Studios. For the most part the transfer is rock solid with great image depth, clarity, natural looking colors and flesh tones. Occasionally the image gets a bit soft in places and there are a few minor speckles of dust that pop up early on in the movie. For a movie that was just released in November of last year I thought the image could have been a bit better, but it's still a good transfer just a few points shy of being great.

Audio
Having seen Bounce back in the theaters, I wasn't expecting too much out of the audio mix for Bounce. Bounce is a dialogue driven affair with a sound field that remains primarily in the front speakers. One of the few times it breaks away from this is early on in the credits as a plane fly's about the room.

Another aspect of the sound mix for Bounce is the beautiful and effective score by Micheal Danna. Although it rarely has a chance to break out of the front speakers, when it does, it immerses the viewer in a lovely way.

Bounce is presented in DD 5.1 and it should be noted that the originally announced DTS track is absent from the disc.

Extras
Bounce has been released as a 2 disc special edition and while it's not the most packed 2 disc set I've ever seen it's still got it's fair share of features.

Disc One

In addition to the feature, disc one features an audio commentary with director Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex) and producer Bobby Cohen.

Also included are sneak peek trailers which unlike some other Disney discs are not forced and are presented simply as a menu item. Bounce contains previews for "Music of the Heart", "Boys and Girls", "The Crew", "Cider House Rules", "Unbreakable", "Emma", "The Pallbearer", "Shakespeare in Love", and promos for the Bounce soundtrack and Miramax movies to remember.

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Disc Two

Scene Specific Audio Commentary with Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow and director Don Roos presents the viewer with the option of watching selected scenes with commentary from the stars and the director. This feature is much like the one on Coyote Ugly with Jerry Bruckheimer. A decent little feature, although a full length commentary with Ben Affleck would have been great as he's always interesting to listen to.

Behind the Scenes with Ben and Gwyneth - a well produced fun look behind the scenes of the movie. Watch Ben and Gwyneth play interviewer to a number of people on the crew, including the boom operator, the hair stylist and the director.

Gag Reel - 6 minutes of some moderately amusing jokes, most of which come from Affleck who seems to screw up a lot of takes on every movie he's involved in.

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary - 14 scenes equaling 47 minutes in length. Some of them are interesting and would have changed the tone and some of them were cut for the right reason.

Rounding out disc 2 we have a promotional documentary called "All About Bounce", the music video for Leigh Nash's Need to Be Next To You and the Bounce teaser trailer in DD2.0/Full Frame.

Bounce was released during the crowded month of November and wasn't given a fair shot. If you like romantic dramas and stories that deal with fate then "Bounce" is a good movie for you. If your already fans of the movie the DVD won't disappoint.


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