9 to 5 SEXIST, EGOTISTICAL, LYING, HYPOCRITICAL BIGOT EDITION Studio: 20th Century Fox Film Year: 1980 Film Length: 110 minutes Genre: Comedy Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Colour/B&W: Colour Audio:[*] English 2.0 Stereo [*] English 2.0 mono [*] Spanish 2.0 mono [*] French 2.0 mono Subtitles: English, Spanish Film Rating: Release Date: April 4, 2006. Film Rating: / Jane Fonda (Judy Bernly), Lily Tomlin (Violet Newstead), Dolly Parton (Doralee Rhodes), Dabney Coleman (Franklin M. Hart Jr.) Story by: Patricia Resnick Screenplay by: Colin Higgins Directed by: Colin Higgins The power behind the throne. Celebrating the film’s 25th Anniversary, 20th Century Fox has released Dolly Parton’s first film 9 to 5 in a Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical Bigot Edition! Wow! That was a mouthful – but probably the same mouthful that you’d love to give your boss at the work you dread going to every day. This film is for those of you who are overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, and are pushed to the edge by an ungrateful boss that you’d love to tell him (or her) to shove it. The cast (and the eyeglasses) are killer too; featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, these three very different women who become friends in Consolidated Companies as they share their distaste for their ungrateful and sleazy boss. Throughout the film they get caught up in the rush of office politics and try to turn the tables for them. This film is sarcasm at its best which makes it great even 25 years later (only the office technology has come a long way since…this could also be a historical film in that regard). This film will make you cringe at the realities of office work, so realistically portrayed in this film. Be careful though, the film just might make you get together with your co-workers and turn your workplace upside down stand up to your boss next time you feel you’ve been treated unfairly! VIDEO QUALITY / The film quality of this movie is dated in appearance and exhibits muted colours in the grey office interiors. From wardrobe to furnishings, this film doesn’t use a lot of colour which could be either a staple of the time or just the inability for the film to capture the entire colour on the set. Thus, contrast is also lower but not in the sense that major details are lost or the picture appears too dim. Resolution is average and acceptable for this sort of film; it is often covered in a small layer of film grain throughout the picture. No edge enhancement is present and compression artefacts are occasionally noticed around opening credits or stationary objects on screen. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1 and the unused black area is evenly divided along the top and bottom of the screen. AUDIO QUALITY / Both stereo and mono versions are adequate but not good enough. First, I’ll say for you to stay away from the stereo version. Voices do not sound natural at all and actually sound more muffled in comparison to the mono version. Music is unnaturally spread wide in stereo but voices are left imaged centrally between the two speakers. The mono version sounds more defined and natural with both music and dialogue. Sound effects with both versions are few and far between unless it is there for an obvious reason. There is a lack of “background” sound effects to fill in the quiet parts of the soundtrack. What I find unacceptable is the lack of lip-sync in this film. Whether listening to the remade stereo version or the mono version, for the first ten minutes of the film the dialogue has a serious head start over the lip movements and not for a moment does it ever look in sync. I tried to see if this had something with the quality of the DVD or the original audio recording by looking for a sound effect to cue at the same time as a visual but was having difficulty finding a sound effect that was obviously associated with something direct on screen. At about the 10 minute mark the dialogue came more in line with the lips, but I can’t say it ever became perfect. Since I tend to look at people lips when they talk (I have no idea why and I hate it) noticing dialogue out of sync is extremely frustrating when watching films. TACTILE FUN!! ZERO / TRANSDUCER ON/OFF?: OFF Since this is a mono film and there is no LFE, I did not attempt to direct any bass to the tactile transducer. SPECIAL FEATURES / No features on this disc are enhanced for widescreen televisions It is the special features that many fans of this film will be flocking to. Fox has managed to get a brand-new audio commentary in line for this film’s 25th Anniversary release on DVD. Included in this commentary is Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and producer Bruce Gilbert. This commentary is an absolute hoot because all three females contribute their different personalities and it makes this commentary very fun to listen to – especially if you are new to this film. Parton, as always, is making a party out of it with her voice. I tell you that girl never sounds sad! Go Dolly! Both Fonda and Tomlin contribute a wealth of information and all are the highlights of the commentary. You can also access 10 deleted scenes that total up to about 11 minutes. They are in rough shape too. All-new interviews with the cast were put together for this Nine @ 25 featurette, a 25 minute piece about the making of this film. Remembering Colin Higgins is a featurette dedicated to the director of this film, and is a man the cast praised very much to bring comedy and fun to the making of this motion picture. Also on this disc is a 6-minute gag reel (very blurry picture quality), a Nine to Five karaoke feature featuring the words at the bottom of the screen being highlighted as they should be sung. Thankfully the original lyrics have been removed just as they should be. I’ve been on a karaoke kick the past few days after doing Radiohead’s “CREEP". I know that ain’t Dolly Parton, but hell karaoke is a fun thing! Give it a try! The disc also includes a full-screen theatrical trailer. It looks like it comes from a composite video source. IN THE END... If you hate your job, hate your boss, and are dying to storm out of your office and head down to the local bar to get a drink, 9 to 5 will definitely be one you aught to try. Whatever you do, just don’t get tempted to bring a gun to work…because those stories don’t always have happy endings! Michael Osadciw April 04, 2006.