Blu-ray Review “The Bodyguard”

Directed by: Mick Jackson
Starring: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston
Distributed by: Warner Bros Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Running Time: 129 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

I remember when this film came out, my parents had the cassette of the soundtrack playing on loop for like a whole year. That’s right BTW, I said cassette. The music in this film was so amazing. It also reminds me of how great the late Whitney Houston once was. Even though this is the first time it is released on Blu-ray, I feels like its a real cash-in on her death, especially with the lack of special features. The film does pack a nice Blu-ray presentation though, boasting a sharp 1080p transfer and the audio is notable with its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The music really shines though this.

“The Bodyguard” stars Houston as a pop-music diva Kevin Costner as the uptight bodyguard who is assigned to protect her. At first they do not get a long but of course as you all know, they fall in love. Who doesn’t love the song “I Will Always Love You.”? The film definitely reeks of early 90’s cinema though and the romance is a little over-the-top. Though it is all saved by Costner and Houston’s wonderful performances.

The special features are very disappointing and are only presented in standard definition. The first is called “Memories of The Bodyguard”, which runs about 30 minutes and talks about the film’s production. There is also a music video from Whitney Houston for “I Will Always Love You”. Lastly there is also the theatrical trailer. All of these are just left over’s from the last DVD release. I wish they would have put a lot more love into this release.

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Synopsis: She’s safe now. Safe from hordes of screaming, grasping fans. Safe from demanding kooks who pop up unexpectedly. Safe from the unknown killer stalking her every move. She’s in the arms of The Bodyguard. Starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston and featuring songs from the #1 soundtrack album (including Houton’s hits “I Will Always Love You” and “I Have Nothing”), The Bodyguard has it all: Suspense. Thrills. Romance. Peril. Passion. And the shining brilliance of two great stars. In her spectacular film debut, Houston plays Rachel Marron, a music/movie superstar at her peak. Fans want to see her, hear her, touch her. But one wants to kill her – and that’s where security expert Frank Farmer(Costner) comes in. Farmer is a professional who never lets his guard down. Rachel’s glamorous life often puts her at risk. Each expects to be in charge. What they don’t expect is to fall in love



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