Too character-driven and subtle to immediately click with a large audience, the critically acclaimed The Fabulous Baker Boys has earned a large following since its initial 1989 release. This Live Entertainment DVD of the movie doesn't seem like the definitive edition at first, but it's actually much better than the packaging suggests. The widescreen transfer is not in the superior anamorphic process, but it is excellent. Set mainly in Seattle's nocturnal jazz clubs, seedy lounges, luxury ballrooms, and rain-soaked streets, Michael Ballhaus' beautifully moody camerawork captures the feeling of a jazz ballad. The audio track is in Dolby Digital Surround and the jazz-heavy score sounds great coming out of a stereo system, but is equally well balanced when fed through the television set. In what must be an odd oversight, Live Entertainment has buried a spoken commentary (it's not listed on the DVD box but look under "Audio" on the menu) by the movie's acclaimed cinematographer, Michael Ballhaus, who earned an Oscar nomination for his exquisite work here. The German Ballhaus isn't a stirring English-language orator, but his natural warmth shines through as he speaks of his fondness for this movie and goes into much detail about how he approached the shoot and about the importance of collaboration. The average movie fan may not be interested by Ballhaus listing f-stops and lenses used in certain shots, but filmmakers and students will be enthralled. At one point Ballhaus describes how Mike Nichols called him one night after he had seen the movie and demanded to know how he shot The Fabulous Baker Boys' balcony scene. Not only did Ballhaus tell Nichols how he shot this beautiful sequence but has now gone on and told the world.