Excerpt: First-time writer/director Tom Hanks hit a home run here due to fantastic casting, a captivating story, and one of the catchiest tunes that sounds like it came right out of the ’60s. I’ve seen the theatrical cut of the movie several times over the years, and the extended cut offered on the Blu-ray fixes one of the minor flaws with the original—the characters are given more depth—although at 155 minutes, the pacing suffers as a trade-off.
Excerpt: That Thing You Do! was the directorial debut of Tom Hanks from back in 1996 and it is still a joy to watch. The film is a light-hearted look at a fictional band that became a one-hit wonder sensation during a summer in the 60s. The film features a simple, but very accessible story, fun performances from the cast, and a very catchy single. While it was only a decent success at the box office, during its theatrical run, much like The Sandlot , That Thing You Do!
Excerpt: A small time in Pennsylvania has started to make their run at stardom, but it seems as if one element just isn’t there. The “Oneders” (pronounced Wonders) have a strong base of performers in laid back Lenny (Steve Zahn), the enigma known as The Bass Player (Ethan Embry), a service drummer Chad (Giovanni Ribisi), and of course, brooding frontman Jimmy (Johnathan Schaech), but something is still missing from the equation.
Conclusion: It's short on drama and it whitewashes some of the grimy realities of early 1960s rock and roll, but That Thing You Do! is fun, funny, and as catchy as its title song. Unfortunately, while Tom Hanks' directorial debut has withstood the test of time, the film's picture quality has not. 20th Century Fox's Blu-ray transfer looks to be a slipshod reappropriation of an old DVD-era master, with a blotchy, noisy, dingy picture.