Say One for Me
: I have a confession: I'm obsessed with Debbie Reynolds! I've watched all of her films, and thanks to the powers of MOD, own most of them. FCA released The Second Time Around
last year, and while an imperfect release, at least THAT title (filmed in CinemaScope) maintained its original aspect ratio and looked/sounded quite good. When I heard that FCA planned to release another of Reynolds' films, Say One for Me
, I had high hopes. The film, largely forgotten by the public, offers Reynolds in a delightful array of moments with Bing Crosby, in particular, their opening duet of the title tune. With fond regards toward the film, and high hopes that it would resemble the ratio and quality of The Second Time Around
, I bought the disc from Amazon. Unfortunately, Say One for Me
-- at least this print-- needs work. The lack of widescreen, though not surprising, proves disappointing. I could, however, live with this if FCA had cleaned up the print a bit. Dirt and scratches surface throughout the film, close-ups often look blurred, extremely lit scenes often show signs of fading, and colors, though quite vibrant, lose something in translation because of the print's other issues. Sound, though reliable, could be better if louder in some scenes (some of the dialogue proves difficult to distinguish) and remastered in others (some of the music sounds garbled or inadequate due to age). Bottom line: I'm happy I bought the film-- again, I collect Reynolds' films and always enjoy her work. However, I can't help but admit my disappointment in, and frustration with, this release. Recommended: Unless you're a hard-core Reynolds or Crosby fan, I'd skip buying this one and apply the $20 to your cable or satellite bills in hopes of catching the SAME print on Fox Movie Channel.