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



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#1 of 22 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 21 2002 - 09:34 AM

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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
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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 of 22 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted December 21 2002 - 02:53 PM

Sounds good, Ron. I'll be picking it up! Thanks,
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#3 of 22 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted December 21 2002 - 03:56 PM

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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#4 of 22 OFFLINE   oscar_merkx

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Posted December 22 2002 - 02:31 AM

another great review Ron

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#5 of 22 OFFLINE   Matthew_Millheiser

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Posted December 22 2002 - 05:04 AM

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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#6 of 22 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted December 22 2002 - 06:47 AM

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.Posted Image
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#7 of 22 OFFLINE   stewart borland

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Posted December 23 2002 - 01:44 AM

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!
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#8 of 22 OFFLINE   Glenise

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Posted December 23 2002 - 08:30 AM

Is this film really 20 years old?

#9 of 22 OFFLINE   stewart borland

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Posted December 23 2002 - 09:52 AM

I couldn't believe it was that long ago either.... makes me feel so oldPosted Image

#10 of 22 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted December 23 2002 - 01:19 PM

Anybody know about Weird Science.. any release dates for it?

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#11 of 22 OFFLINE   Anthony_H

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Posted December 23 2002 - 03:35 PM

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!


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#12 of 22 OFFLINE   Glenise

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Posted December 24 2002 - 01:37 PM

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".

#13 of 22 OFFLINE   AaronNWilson

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Posted January 05 2003 - 04:10 PM

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in a memorable semi-nude scene.


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#14 of 22 OFFLINE   JeremySt

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Posted January 05 2003 - 06:19 PM

I seem to remember it being a full frontal nudity scene


Not that I was paying attention, but yes. Full frontal nudity, indeed.:b

#15 of 22 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 05 2003 - 08:55 PM

Not really.

You get a quick side view.

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#16 of 22 OFFLINE   Robert_eb

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Posted January 09 2003 - 06:21 AM

Just ordered this from DDD based on this review. I wanted to make sure that the transfer was good.

#17 of 22 OFFLINE   JeremySt

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Posted January 10 2003 - 10:15 AM

You get a quick side view.


And 90% full frontal when she hops out of the bed.Posted Image I dont have the DVD, but on my VHS copy, which may be unmatted, its all there.:b

#18 of 22 OFFLINE   Grant H

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Posted January 10 2003 - 10:50 AM

And 90% full frontal when she hops out of the bed. I dont have the DVD, but on my VHS copy, which may be unmatted, its all there.


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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Posted January 10 2003 - 12:05 PM

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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Posted January 10 2003 - 12:13 PM

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You get a quick side view.
Whew, Ron...you had me worried for a second there! The "muff" scene is still intact, even in widescreen!

Just bought it tonight with my 10% off Preferred Customer coupon at Best Buy, so $8.99 for this classic, and the pervy teen still in me gets re-satisfied! Posted Image :b
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