HTF REVIEW: "Every Which Way But Loose" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    Every Which Way But Loose

    Studio: Warner Brothers
    Year: 1978
    Rated: PG
    Film Length: 114 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)

    Clint Eastwood is world famous from being one
    of the greatest western stars of all time to
    one of movie's toughest San Francisco cops. In
    1978, he traded in his holster and badge for
    a comic role as a barroom fighter in Warner
    Brother's comedy, Every Which Way But Loose.
    Clint Eastwood finally shows a funny, soft side
    to his macho persona in this attempt at a humorous
    Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) is a bare knuckle
    boxer who takes care of his pet orangutan, Clyde.
    One evening at the Palomino bar, he falls for a
    lovely country singer named Lynn Halsey-Taylor
    (Sandra Locke). This flighty singer leads him
    on a chase across the American Southwest with
    a motorcycle gang and cops in hot pursuit.
    Believe it or not, I never really watched this
    film in its entirety until now. I just don't
    enjoy redneck comedy movies, and Every Which
    Way But Loose is about as redneck as you can
    get. I suppose someone thought it was funny to
    pair the screen's toughest legend with an Orangutang.
    Let's not even forget the 'black widows', the
    allegedly comical hell's angels, who are embarrassingly
    bad. One of the few joys I had in watching this
    film was Ruth Gordon, who is absolutely hilarious
    playing Eastwood's shotgun toting mother.
    How is the transfer?
    Generally, this DVD looks quite acceptable,
    but the transfer is a bit uneven.
    I have gotten used to the fact that title
    sequences on many catalog titles are going to
    look messy. There is no exception here, as the
    film's first few moments are plagued with fuzziness.
    Once the credits are through, the transfer looks
    very good, with some scenes looking better than
    others. Many of the outdoor scenes in the first
    half of the film have a lot of video noise in them,
    while the later scenes filmed up at the mountainside
    campsite look nearly gorgeous. Colors are a little
    faded and really don't stand out, while flesh tones
    look very accurate.
    I wasn't expecting much from the soundtrack of
    a 1978 comedy, but found myself pleasantly pleased.
    In an all new 5.1 Digitally remastered soundtrack,
    Every Which Way But Loose takes on an entirely
    new life. When Orville (Geoffrey Lewis) is driving
    his Ma (Ruth Gordon) to motor vehicles, you can hear
    the sound of passing traffic in the rears. When
    the film shifts to the Palomino bar, you can hear
    the sounds of the crowd filling up the rear channel.
    It's amazing to hear how these sounds have been
    reworked to add new ambience to the film.
    Generally, the film sounds quite good. Dialogue
    remains mostly in the center speaker as the mains
    deliver very clean sound. The fidelity really
    kicks into high gear when Lynn Halsey-Taylor
    (Sandra Locke) sings "I seek the night, Coca Cola
    Cowboy", adding vibrant punch to all the channels
    including bass from the subwoofer that not only
    thumped along with the music, but with every punch
    Eastwood delivered.
    Special Features
    Although the DVD lists Behind The Scenes
    as a bonus feature, don't expect a featurette.
    There are five pages of text that describe how
    the script arrived in Eastwood's hands after
    Burt Reynolds was originally considered for the
    role. We also learn the real identity of Clyde
    the Orangutang.
    The Cast and Crew feature is also a little
    shortchanged in nature. We get a list of all the
    featured actors in the film, but you can only
    access Clint Eastwood's extensive filmography.
    Finally, we get the film's original theatrical
    trailer, which is very interesting to watch
    as it really tries to sell Clint's "softer" image.
    Final Thoughts
    Even though studio executives at the time thought
    the film was unreleasable, Every Which Way But
    Loose became Eastwood's biggest hit to that
    date, grossing nearly $100 million.
    Those that grew up with this Clint Eastwood film
    will undoubtedly want to own it for its popularity
    related to that era. Anyone who has yet to see
    this film, may want to rent it first. It may have
    been fun in its day, but watching it 24 years later
    reassures me that this film is featureless and
    Release Date: NOW
  2. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

    Aug 13, 2000
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    Yeah, I have been thinking and thinking of whether or not to buy this and the sequel. I haven't seen this in years and just wonder how I will like it now. I sure could watch it a lot in it's day. Maybe I will just wait and pick these up through Columbia House for the best price and then sell them on E-Bay if I don't like them. Unfortunately, there is no place to rent them on DVD here.
  3. Joseph J.D

    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

    Dec 4, 2001
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    Sorry that the film wasn't to your liking Ron. As for myself, I grew up on both films and love them both. I still see both on TBS occasionally and still enjoy them. I will definitely pick them both up eventually.
  4. Bhagi Katbamna

    Bhagi Katbamna Supporting Actor

    Jun 1, 2000
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    "We're the Black Widows, feared throughout the land"

    I really liked this movie, esp the black widow bits.
  5. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

    Feb 22, 2000
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    I'm kind of in the same boat Dave. Really dug em back in the day, but I have no idea if I still would.

    But nobody, and I mean nobody, could kick ass like Philo Beddo
  6. Trace Downing

    Trace Downing Supporting Actor

    Aug 19, 1999
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    My stepfather loved this movie, so I had to put up with it whenever it came on. He tried to project this well centered, church-going postmaster pillar of the town, but he just loved these "redneck" movies like this. He also liked "Gatorbait" better than "Deliverance". [​IMG] My stepfather also liked Bob Seger, so I hate him too.
    The only way I'd buy this is if it came with "A whole goddam bag of Oreos!"
    Thankyou for letting me vent my childhood frustrations, it was very theraputic.[​IMG]
  7. MichaelG

    MichaelG Second Unit

    Jul 10, 2000
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    Although I really loved both movies in this series growing up, I will go the rental route and then decide later, since I haven't seen wither in quite a while.
  8. ace peterson

    ace peterson Second Unit

    Jun 4, 2001
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    I think this movie is great! It does take me back to years gone by now. As a previous poster stated, it's on TBS or TNT occasionally and I still turn to it and watch it. Even it is just for backround noise. Although I won't rush out and get this one, I'll stick it on my Christmas list and someone who wants to spend $10 on me will make me a happy camper.

  9. Scott-C

    Scott-C Supporting Actor

    Jul 23, 2001
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    Both this and the sequel are (for me) timeless classics! I love 'em, watch 'em every time they're on TBS and will definitely pick them up on DVD at some point.
  10. ScottL

    ScottL Agent

    Mar 11, 2000
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    NO doubt. I also grew up with this and love it, but hey..I am from Wisconsin we are all a bunch of Rednecks ;-)

    I WILL be purchasing this one.

  11. John_McKittrick

    John_McKittrick Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 9, 1999
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    "That Hairy Ass Stole All My Oreos!!".

    Gotta love that line.

    If you actually looked into the talent bios Ron you would have read that it was Mr. Eastwood that paired himself with a monkey, no one else. This film was originally intended for Burt Reynolds and thank God it didn't go that route. These films are timeless classics and perfect additions to the Eastwood collection, right next to Bronco Billy.

    Philo Beto is the perfect "joe sixpack".

    And for $10-$15 for each film you can't go wrong. They're 10 times better than Driven.

  12. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Jun 30, 1997
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    I was surprised to find how entertaining I still found this, a couple decades later. Of course, I'm also from Wisconsin Redneckland so that probably doesn't hurt. It's some good lowbrow fun and it even has a fairly intriguing romantic angle that isn't quite what one expects, though Sondra Locke is so thin it makes my teeth hurt. My full comments on the disc are over at Digitally Obsessed should anyone be interested. I agree that the "making of" was horribly disappointing.

    Avoid the sequel, though, which is unredeemably awful.
  13. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

    Aug 13, 2000
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    I went ahead and bought this. Still pretty decent. Picture quality after the opening of the movie looks very good.
  14. Larry Bevil

    Larry Bevil Second Unit

    Jun 18, 1999
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    I've enjoyed Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can for a number of years. I continue watching them every so often. I had them on laserdisc but the quality was not very good, plus they were pan and scam. So, I have picked them up on DVD to enjoy them in the proper aspect ratio and improved sound.[​IMG]

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