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'The Lightkeepers' [Blu-ray]
(Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner, Bruce Dern, Tom Wisdom, Mamie Gummer, et al / Blu ray / NR / (2009) 2010 / IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT)

Overview: Academy AwardŽ winner Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, The Goodbye Girl) stars with Emmy and Tony winner Blythe Danner (Meet the Fockers) and OscarŽ nominee Bruce Dern (Coming Home) in this warmhearted tale of lost love and second chances.

Blu ray Verdict: I'll be quite frank here - period pieces are not usually my cup o' tea. They are supposed to evoke bygone eras, to float us back seamlessly to those wonderous days. And so, for my money, the trouble with 'The Lightkeepers' is that it seems not like a movie out of its time, but rather a production made decades ago that just now was unearthed!

And, for all I know, that's exactly what has happened here. For, a lot of films that hit DVD/Blu ray these days have sat on shelves, waiting for their cinematic debuts, only to find as the years rolled by, that the big screen option had long since gone; the home entertainment venue the only one now left to them!

Anyway, 'The Lightkeepers' is a (oh so) slow, and clumsily assembled 90 minutes of nothing. And, should you wish to give your time to it, you will quickly discover that it requires a significant undertaking just to navigate from opening credits to closing credits!

Anyway, and as for that plot, Dreyfuss plays Atkins, a crotchety lighthouse keeper on Cape Cod back in the early 20th century. He hates women. Here's one way it manifests himself: He has fired his assistants at the lighthouse simply for not hating women as much as he does.

The rest falls into place, as you can guess, but the film isn't dealing with high enough highs or low enough lows, as it creeps on by. Sure it's a nice enough journey for those older, mor tolerant of their time and how to spend it. But for me, and my generation, sorry, no ... it's not! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: