Where The Money Is

Where The Money Is (2000)
USA Entertainment
Cast: Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino, Dermont Mulroney
Extras: Theatrical Trailer

Paul Newman is one of those actors that are always a joy to watch and seeing him working his on-screen magic makes ’Where The Money Is’ a truly enjoyable movie. While Newman’s performance may be the highlight in this crime caper, the film itself has a lot to offer. From an inspired story to a good cast of characters, ’Where The Money Is’ offers everything you’d like to see from such a genre movie – and more.

USA Home Entertainment provides us with a very good-looking DVD here that features an anamorphic widescreen transfer in the film’s original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The transfer is clean and without and blemishes, mars or noise really, although in occasional shots, some grain is indeed evident. The colors are vibrant and lively, creating a powerfully rendered image that reproduces strong hues and tinges. Blacks are deep and solid, giving the film a lot of visual depth, which is especially evident during the nighttime scenes and some of the dimly lit interior shots. Never does the transfer lose definition or detail, creating shadows full of life and dimension. The compression is without problems and no distracting artifacts are noticeable.

’Where The Money Is’ comes with a 5.0 channel Dolby Digital audio track that is well rounded and balanced. The frequency response is very wide and natural sounding, creating enough punch and low end to make watching this film a very pleasant experience. The dynamic range of the track is also very good, perfectly capturing the film’s atmosphere. The Dolby Surround track that is also part of the release is equally good but appears to be optimized for home viewing, creating a noticeably tighter sound image.

Good crime capers are hard to come by, and especially these days films in this genre seem to have fallen out of grace. That makes ’Where The Money Is’ an even more welcome and unexpected addition to the DVD catalog.