Groundhog Day/A-,A

Columbia Tristar/1993/101m/ANA 1.85

         The concept of Groundhog Day is daring and the execution hilarious. Forced to relive the same day over and over again, cynic Phil Connors (Murray) has his face pressed into a bowl full of insight. What better way to awake each day than with the forced good natured alarm banter of two hick town early morning radio jockeys. What better place to be stuck in time than beautiful downtown Punxsatawney, Pa. in full swing during the wonderful Groundhog Day celebration.
     The comic possibilities are served up along with a delightful romance between stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray has never been better than in the role of Phil Connors. Harold Ramis handles the reins of this charming winter sleigh ride with frolicsome style. The photography is as crystal clear as a perfect weather report and George Fenton's music ties the package together with boldly scored bow. I'll bet you'll be humming the "Beer Barrel Polka" even before the movie ends.      

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    Delivered anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 on one side and P/S on the other, Groundhog Day is a stunning DVD. The cold Pennsylvania colors are perfectly captured with consistently sharp images. Viewed anamorphically, the DVD is extremely film-like. The Dolby Digital 2-channel sound is good enough to make you want to dance the polka over and over and over again.

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