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March 04, 2001

bargain dvds

So I noticed today at Best Buy that they had the DVDs of X-Men, Raising Arizona, and Men in Black all marked down to $14.99. Sale price probably lasts all this week. Some other DVDs were also on sale for that price, too.

And at Target I found The Thomas Crown Affair (the Brosnan/Russo remake, that is) for $12.47.

Posted by Laurel Krahn at 03:34 PM

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Good thing to get that remake of The Thomas Crown Affair on sale. I had the misfortune of seeing it after the original. It was a mediocre movie on its own but when compared to the Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway orginal, it was just painful to watch. The crime of the remake was far too hokey. The chemistry between McQueen and Dunaway far outstripped the pairing of Russo and Brosnan, and the former didn't even get naked; more passion was conveyed in a chess game in the original.

Hmm...that came out a bit ranting. Well, the original is a far better film. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Peter Hentges at March 4, 2001 09:09 PM

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Well I didn't say I bought those DVDs that I mentioned were on sale . . . (though I did buy The Thomas Crown Affair).

I like the remake a fair bit, saw it in the theater twice even. But then I like Brosnan and Russo a lot. And just the *clothing* in the movie made me happy. And the scenery. And I didn't find the crime/caper part hokey at all. And though it's been ages since I saw the original, I think I prefer the remake. But that's me.

Posted by: Laurel at March 5, 2001 06:15 PM

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After my little rant I ran off to IMDB and noticed that I'm probably in the minority in prefering the original. Maybe just seeing them in relatively short order made the original seem better to me. The crimes in both were highly improbable, I just recall the original's seeming better planned.

Brosnan and Russo are fine actors; I've enjoyed their work in other films. In particular, I think Russo's performance was probably at least as strong as Dunaway's in the role. Brosnan makes a good Bond, but I thought he suffered in comparison to McQueen in this role. And maybe the role seemed too close to Bond.

Well, if we agreed on everything, there'd be little to talk about, eh?

Posted by: Peter Hentges at March 6, 2001 11:22 AM

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