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Thursday, 8 November 2012
“Fever Pitch”. A Review Of The 1997 Film – Now Reissued On A 2012 BLU RAY.
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“The Problem With Life…Is That It Keeps Interfering With The
The BLU RAY picture quality on "Fever Pitch" is
surprisingly good - even beautiful in places - fans walking away from the
London Highbury grounds - Colin Firth as Paul sat in a car at night waiting for
his girl Sarah. And it's clean for the whole viewing too. I can tell you it
never looked this fresh on DVD...
Mark Strong and Ruth Gemmell are particularly good as Steve
the long-suffering mate and Sarah the posh totty hapless Paul fancies. Bea
Guard is luminous as Sarah’s friend and confidante in love. And even with his
dreadful curly hair - Colin First exudes effortless charm as Paul Ashworth - an
English teacher who has read Byron and is therefore not a Neanderthal. In fact
given the general childishness of his character - Firth does well to win our
hearts. With his Arsenal boxer shorts and constant babbling about the life-affirming
importance of English Soccer - even if he is a bit of a klutz 99% of the time -
we like him precisely because he is a nice guy - and deep down – Sarah knows
it. She just wishes he’d take his head out of the weekly score sheets and be a
responsible adult every now and then – especially when she sees the colour blue
displayed on another piece of kit – and were not talking about her away outfit…
There are also some nicely observed points about fathers and
sons being able to bond on a common subject (Neal Pearson and Luke Aikman) -
the tribe mentality as fans walk to and from the game. And that moment when you
walk up the concrete steps to the terraces themselves - the pitch in front of
you - the crowd's roar - when a live football game can feel like a magical Rock
Concert every Saturday afternoon.
And when it finally comes to the end-of-season Arsenal Vs
Spurs game on the 26th of May 1989 - the goal by Thomas that seals it for
Arsenal in the final seconds sets up the great voice of Van Morrison as the
local community pours out onto the streets of London in a frenzy - Champions at
It's pure cinematic joy...
In truth - the football-obsession stuff might test the
patience of too many women - but "Fever Pitch" is that rare beast - a
small movie with a big heart - and the actors to do Nick Hornby's witty and
observant script the justice it deserves.
More to the point - if you're a fan of the movie you NEED to
see it on BLU RAY. I've found this with a lot of the Channel 4 movies reissued
on the format - despite how bad they look in standard def trailers - when you
get to see the BR itself you find that someone has cleaned the print and given
the movie a whole new lease of life. See my review for "Brassed Off"
A very, very good transfer onto BLU RAY then - and with full
screen aspect too (no bars top or bottom).
Great fun and recommended like that Gunners tattoo on the
left cheek of Margaret Thatcher's arse...