A Perfect World (1993)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Kevin Costner, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther and Clint Eastwood
Film – 5/5: Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) and Terry Pugh escape from prison and steal a prison officials car. While looking for a new car specifically a Ford, Terry invades the home of Gladys Perry and tries to get rough with her but Butch prevents him from doing so. A neighbour sees the commotion and tries to stop them but they are able to get away with a hostage, Gladys’ son Philip (T.J. Lowther). Early on Butch gets rid of Terry and carries on alone with Philip who he nicknames Buzz. It’s not long before a state wide manhunt is put in motion led by Chief Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood) who is accompanied by state criminologist Sally Gerber (Laura Dern) who has insight into the mind of Haynes. While on the road Butch and Buzz develop a close bond with Haynes acting as a sort of father figure to the young boy. This all leads to an eventual confrontation between Haynes and Garnett who have a history together.
Video – 4/5: I used to own this movie on DVD and I can confidently say that this is the best this movie has ever looked. The detail is strong throughout and there does not appear to be much DNR. The grain is very natural and looks just like the movie was meant too.
Audio – 4/5: While the Audio is not perfect for this film it like the video transfer and is the best it has ever sounded. You can clearly hear the background noises and the dialogue is very clear too. Some of the car chases are not as loud as some of you standard action fare but it is still very good.
Overall Score and Recommendation – 4.5/5: I remember watching this movie a few years ago when I was on an Eastwood kick and I stumbled onto one of his best directorial efforts. This is my personal favourite of Kevin Costner’s performances and the bond that grows between his Butch and the young boy is so tender and sweet it alone is the price of admission. Clint is good and so is Laura Dern but the real focus is on Butch and Buzz. Like Unforgiven this film is a great example of why violence doesn’t actually solve anything. I love this movie and am very pleased with Warner Bros. for their incredibly faithful Audio and Video transfers. This is a wonderful film that comes highly recommended.