Friday, May 23, 2014

Saving Grace B. Jones (DVD Review) - Arc Entertainment

Directed By: Connie Stevens
Written By: Connie Stevens, Jeffrey Elison
Starring: Tatum O'Neal, Michael Biehn, Penelope Ann Miller
Color/116 Minutes/R
Region 1
Release Date: May 27, 2014

The Film
In a 1950s small town Landy and his wife Bea are getting Landy's sister Grace out of an asylum after she has spent years there after becoming mentally damaged from an accident on her wedding day twenty years earlier. Grace's reappearance in the community has shaken some of the locals and is bringing a lot of distress to the family. Grace is obviously not fully cured of her problems and during a massive flood that threatens the entire town she breaks down in a violent relapse.

SAVING GRACE B. JONES apparently took five years to be released on DVD and that doesn't surprise me at all. It wouldn't surprise me if this movie never saw the light of day. Not only is it a massive waste of a good cast, including not only the leads mentioned but also a pre-The Walking Dead Scott Wilson, but it just flat out sucks. The majority of the film is spent following a few pre-teen girls around as they go to dances and a black church where they're adored. These girls are actually the highlight of the movie as they're all pretty good for being so young. There's a bit of drama surrounding them and Grace but not nearly enough to warrant the amount of screen time dedicated to them. Aside from some melodrama nothing worth a damn happens until the climactic flood scene. It's boring, it's too long, it's poorly written and developed and wastes a talented cast. 

The Audio & Video
Arc Entertainment is responsible for bringing this movie to DVD and at least the disc looks okay. The 16x9 transfer looks fine, with the 1950s setting looking good. There's a bit of compression blocking during the darkest scenes but nothing awful. The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is fine with no background noise or annoyances. Sound levels are mixed well. 

The Extras
A trailer is the lone extra.

The Bottom Line
It looks and feels like a cheap made-for-TV movie that would air on Lifetime. Skip it.


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