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BETTER THAN SEX: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Josh (David Wenham) and Cin (Susie Porter) meet at a party, but it's not until they share a cab home that a meaningless one night stand seems like a good idea. Josh, a photographer, is on his way back to London in three days, and Cin. . . well, she fancies him. They like it so much they decide to make it a two night stand. But then complications set in as their unattached emotions seem to be getting attached.

DVD is better than . . .VHS. Especially for great, digital sound, and on this disc, David Hirschfelder’s marvellous, evocative jazz-influenced score stands out as one of the real bonuses. For another thing, DVD is the perfect home entertainment medium to present films in their original aspect ratio, in this case 1:85. Pity then that this release is in 4:3, because there are some key scenes where it matters that we see the outer edges of the original frame. But the culprit is not the producers, nor the distributor, but you, the renting public. Or at least the video store operators who don’t like DVDs in widescreen, claiming their customers don’t like the black frame top and bottom of their tv screen when a film is shown in widescreen.

Maybe you can do yourself and fellow renters a favour by telling your video store owner that you DO like the black bits because between them is the film in its full, original aspect ratio glory. Do it.

Disclaimer: As you can see from the features list, my interview with Susie Porter (conducted in all good taste but between the sheets) is one of the main features on this disc. Needless to say I will refrain from reviewing myself – it’s not a pretty sight. Whatever you might think of the interview, however, the good news for renters is that they get the fully loaded version (sans widescreen), which is not standard practice.

The film itself stands up to scrutiny at home exceptionally well, every bit as immediate, entertaining and fresh as the big screen version, even if the experience is clearly very different. Suggest you watch it with someone with whom you are on intimate good terms, a glass of wine or a beer at hand - and make a hedonistic evening of it. It is really fun, as well as poignant and observant and a little bit different.
Andrew L. Urban

Published March 29, 2001



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BETTER THAN SEX (MA15+)
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CAST: Susie Porter, David Wenham, Kris McQuade, Catherine McClements
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Teplitzky

DVD DISTRIBUTOR (RENTAL ONLY): 21ST Century Pictures Home Video

DVD RELEASE (RENTAL ONLY): March 28, 2001
(RETAIL VERSION RELEASE: SEPT. 2001)

SPECIAL FEATURES
In Bed With Susie Porter’ – Andrew L. Urban interview - ‘Susie Porter on Better Than Sex’, You am I – ‘Open all Night’ Clip, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Interactive Menus, Fullscreen Presentation, Upcoming Release Trailers (presented in 4:3)







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