The Bodyguard Special Edition—Warner Brothers
Sometimes the most memorable thing about a movie is its music. The Bodyguard is a prime example, and Warner Bros. celebrates its 13-year anniversary with a new two-disc Special Edition. Whitney Houston stars as Rachel Marron, a singing superstar whose life is threatened by a mysterious stalker. Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a former secret service agent, is hired as Rachel's reluctant bodyguard. The story starts off slow and in some ways is predictable, but the momentum eventually picks up and becomes an interesting whodunit to the very end. The romantic connection between Rachel and Frank isn't always convincing. Essentially, you are left with a moving story about a woman and the man who protects her.
The video quality, in a 1:85.1 presentation, is a bit disappointing. The colors are bright and the lighting is good overall, but there are also noticeable artifacts. The sound is superb, necessary for any film, and for one such as The Bodyguard, it is especially important. The subs and surrounds come alive as Houston's voice carries throughout the room.
The DVD runs short on special features. There are three to be exact: the original music video to "I Will Always Love You," the theatrical trailer, and the new documentary, "Memories of The Bodyguard"—a very nice addition.
You don't necessarily have to like romantic movies to appreciate The Bodyguard, which deserves a space in anyone's DVD library. And if that song doesn't get you in the end (yes, you know which one), you're gonna need that bigger box of chocolates for your loved one.