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DVD Review HTF REVIEW: "The Woman In Red" (with screenshots)

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Dec 21, 2002.

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Woman In Red




    Studio: MGM
    Year: 1984
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 87 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
    Subtitles: English, French, Portugese and Spanish



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    Businessman Teddy Pierce (Gene Wilder) has always
    been the perfect husband and father. He's been married
    to a wonderful woman (Judith Ivey) for 10 years, and
    although he has watched some of his obnoxious friends
    (Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna) cheat within their
    relationships, Teddy has always played by the rules,
    that is, until he meets Charlotte (Kelly Le Brock).
    Longing for adventure, Teddy woos the woman of his
    dreams through several comedic mishaps including an
    unfortunate brush with his secretary (Gilda Radner).
    Will Teddy turn his marriage upside down in order
    to obtain the unobtainable?
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    This Americanization of the French comedy Pardon
    Mon Affaire
    is written for the screen and directed
    by Gene Wilder and is a fairly average comedy that
    manages to be more charming than funny. While the
    visual gags don't always seem to work, viewers can
    always fall back on watching the beautiful Le Brock
    in a memorable semi-nude scene.
    The film features a lively soundtrack by the legendary
    Stevie Wonder, featuring the mega-80s hit, I just
    called to say I love you
    .
    How is the transfer?
    To be honest, I was expecting one of those lackluster
    80s transfers, and was surprised to find that MGM has
    done a really fine job of cleaning up this film. The
    picture is very clean without any noticeable blemish.
    Because the transfer tends to be soft, there is just
    a little loss of detail. Colors are a little faded,
    though flesh tones are very accurate. I was pleased
    that the film doesn't look as dated as I thought it
    would be.
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    The Dolby surround mix is about average. Sound is
    clean and detailed, with bass-heavy audio across the
    two front speakers. Dialogue rests mostly in the
    center channel, with small bleeds to the front. The
    rears don't have much activity here, only carrying
    some ambient sounds of the city. The film's pop
    music track does manage to distribute itself to the
    rear channels, but it is more of an echo effect than
    anything else. One thing I should note here is how
    great the songs by Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick
    sound -- especially with the abundant amount of LFE
    bass that accompanies the music. It's almost as if
    this music was specially re-recorded for this DVD
    presentation.
    Special Features
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    There's not much here other than the film's
    original theatrical trailer as well as
    trailers for other MGM DVDs, The Princess Bride
    and When Harry Met Sally.
    I should also note that this film is presented
    on a 2-sided DVD that sports both a WIDESCREEN and
    FULL FRAME transfer.
    Final Thoughts
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    This film seems a little worn after nearly twenty
    years, but somehow still stands out as one of the
    unsung heroes of the 80s era. Those that grew up
    with this film will have more of a reason to revisit
    it than anyone else. Those of you that do will not
    be disappointed by the transfer.
    Release Date: January 7, 2003
    All screen captures have been further compressed.
    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
    represent actual picture quality
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  2. David Lambert

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    Sounds good, Ron. I'll be picking it up! Thanks,
     
  3. TonyD

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    i liked it and saw it in the movies when it came out.

    i think i may have also gone to the movies twice that day and saw RED DAWN.later that night.
     
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    another great review Ron
    Thanks
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  5. Matthew_Millheiser

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    Ya know... I saw this movie in the theaters the day before I started High School. For that alone, I'm picking it up. :b
     
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    Mmm....Le Brock.....
    Umm...oh...anyway I am truly thankful that MGM is giving these older titles quality transfers for us fan's of things older than last week.[​IMG]
     
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    Another great review, thanks. If it hadn't been for the review I wouldn't have known the DVD was on the way - it's now pre-ordered at Laser!
    Anybody know about Weird Science.. any release dates for it?
     
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    Is this film really 20 years old?
     
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    I couldn't believe it was that long ago either.... makes me feel so old[​IMG]
     
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    Yes... this was superior to WEIRD in my 12yr old mind at the time..for no other reason than that LeBrock nudity....no teasing. Yow-za! I believe someone started a thread for the movie that introduced you to the female form... this would be at the top of my list!


    A.T.
     
  12. Glenise

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    When I was younger I really loved watching "Weird Science" and "16 Candles".
    I bought "16 Candles" either this year or last year but I
    passed on "Weird Science".
    I may get "Some Kind Of Wonderful".
     
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    Not that I was paying attention, but yes. Full frontal nudity, indeed.:b
     
  15. Ronald Epstein

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    Not really.

    You get a quick side view.
     
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    Just ordered this from DDD based on this review. I wanted to make sure that the transfer was good.
     
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    And 90% full frontal when she hops out of the bed.[​IMG] I dont have the DVD, but on my VHS copy, which may be unmatted, its all there.:b
     
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    If that's the case, maybe it's a good thing we get the full-frame and widescreen versions on this title. :b
     
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    I cant believe you would ever see me type this but.. yes...a full screen version for this title. And preferablly a dvd player with a good zoom feature. Yum! Notice... no :b
     
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