Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
Every Which Way But Loose
Studio: Warner Brothers
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
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 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.
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