You either love it or hate it, or love it and pretend to hate it. Either way, 1992 romance The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, made an indelible mark on the popular consciousness - not least because of that song, which still echoes in karaoke bars the world over. Houston is the star of the show as a soul-singing diva whose life suddenly gets complicated when a stoic bodyguard, played by Costner, is assigned to protect her. Get your hankies/sick bags out...
Hitting The High Notes
This is one of those Special Edition DVDs that turns out to be not so special. Aside from the obligatory I Will Always Love You music video and theatrical trailer, we're presented with a half-hour featurette offering a retrospective look at the making of the film and its subsequent success. It's not very much, but there are some interesting behind-the-scenes stories here. Among these, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan reveals that he penned the story in the 70s, while still struggling to get a foothold in the industry. In fact this was the script that landed him an agent, but it was rejected 67 times by various producers. It would take around 15 years before Kevin Costner got involved, by which time Kasdan was riding high with hits including Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Return Of The Jedi.
Love Cuts Deep
Costner is quick to take credit for not only the success of the film, but also the success of the soundtrack, and even for setting new trends in hairstyling! "I got a lot of grief over my haircut," he says, "Then for the last 15 years, everybody has worn their hair that way." Yeah, in the Marines maybe... But the award for best anecdote goes to director Mick Jackson who, shortly after the film's release, read an article in The Guardian about a man who was imprisoned for incessantly playing I Will Always Love You at wall-trembling volume and driving his neighbour nuts. Apparently the court found that "the repeated four chord structure of I Will Always Love You does count as psychological torture". Despite the grin on his face, Jackson is quick to add: "Of course I don't feel about it that way..."
Archive interviews with Whitney Houston are also included in this featurette, which scores points for sniggering nostalgia value. (Note: play the music video at your own risk.)
The Bodyguard: Special Edition DVD is out to buy on Monday 7th February 2005.