HTF REVIEW: "Johnny Dangerously" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Johnny Dangerously




    Studio: Fox
    Year: 1984
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 90 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)



    This is fargin' war!"
    You fargin' bastages on Home Theater Forum should
    be grateful. You worked so fargin' hard to campaign
    against those iceholes at Fox Home Video to stop
    the bullshty and release Johnny Dangerously
    to DVD. Well, the corcksuckers finally came through
    and thanks to the membership of this fargin' forum,
    the DVD is finally here.
    It's easy to see why members of this forum campaigned
    so hard to get Johnny Dangerously released --
    it's a zany comedy that spoofs the great gangster
    pictures of the twenties and thirties, with as much
    gags as there are bullet holes.
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    Things never were easy for Johnny (Michael Keaton/
    Byron Thames) -- what with his mother (Maureen
    Stapleton) needing an operation and a neighborhood
    bully muscling in on his newspaper corner -- times
    are getting pretty tough. Befriended by kindly mob
    boss Jock Dundee(Peter Boyle), Johnny Malone, under
    the pseudonym of the title, is becoming a wealthy
    and important figure in the crime rackets.
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    Johnny is the up and coming choice for local New
    York mob boss of the Dundee gang, who're at war
    with the Murone gang, led by that fargin' icehole
    cork-sucker bastage, Roman Murone (Richard Dimitri),
    who completely butchers the English language.
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    Then there's Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo), Johnny's
    old street corner rival, who ain't too happy that
    Johnny is running the crime family and sets to
    oust him in any diabolical fashion including
    framing him for the murder of the Crime Commissioner
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    But you know things are really tough when Johnny's
    little brother Tommy Kelly (Griffin Dunne) goes to
    law school to become the District Attorney, vowing
    to put all the crime folks away. Little does he
    know that his big brother is Johnny Dangerously.
    Perhaps the shady District Attorney (Danny Devito)
    can change Tommy's mind by stuffing his pockets.
    How is the transfer?
    One of the biggest concerns I have with catalog
    comedy titles on DVD is that the studios really
    don't go out of their way to clean up the source
    material. I suppose you really can't blame them,
    as such cost and effort and should naturally take
    priority with other types of titles.
    But upon watching Johnny Dangerously, I
    was surprised to find just how tremendous this
    film looked. Fox has given this film a 4-star
    transfer. I don't know if this film went through
    any type of restoration or not, but I am sold on
    its very clean transfer that shows no blemishes
    and absolutely no grain. Even the darker interior
    scenes remain detailed and smooth with no graininess.
    Colors are dead-on accurate with deep blacks that
    can be found in the gang's pinstripe suits or the
    vibrant reds of the dames' dresses or even Tommy's
    sweater. Take a look at Johnny as he dodges a street
    corner of assassins and you'll be amazed by how
    white his suit is. It's not dirty white caused
    by film impurities -- it's white that's clean and
    bold. It's so nice to see a comedy catalog title
    look so wonderful compared to some of the other
    like titles of this period recently released to DVD.
    The mono soundtrack sounds very strong and clear
    with no audible background hiss.
    Special Features
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    One must give kudos to the Production team over
    at Fox who really got into the spirit of this movie
    and gave us one of the funniest menu screens I
    have ever seen. In fact, as the menu first appeared,
    I was drinking a soda and nearly spit it out in
    laughter.
    Essentially, this DVD is bare-boned, though after
    seeing how good the transfer is, I have no complaints.
    In addition to the film's original theatrical
    trailer, we get trailers for Hot Shots!; Hot
    Shots! Part Deux; Freddy Got Fingered; Office Space;
    Dude, Where's My Car?; Mrs. Doubtfire
    and There's
    Something About Mary
    .
    Final Thoughts
    Johnny Dangerously has the same tongue in
    cheek humor as most Zucker Abrahams comedies, though
    I must admit that the film was far funnier when I
    watched it 18 years younger. Rewatching it again
    after all this time just didn't have the same impact,
    but nevertheless, still managed to bring a few
    chuckles to light.
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    Fox has given more attention to this transfer that
    I expected a second-rate catalog title to receive.
    For those members of this forum that have been so
    patient for this film's release, you are not going
    to be disappointed. After all, I was disappointed
    once.....ONCE.
    Release Date: August 27, 2002
     
  2. Jeff_A

    Jeff_A Screenwriter

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    With the news of the transfer quality, you have made my day, Ron! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Brett_B

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    Thanks for the review, Ron. I especially liked the opening paragraph!
     
  4. Dean DeMass

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    Ron,
    This is by far the best review you have ever written. I laughed my ass off almost all of the way through. [​IMG]
    Its nice to know that the whole membership here, not just me, are fargin bastages. [​IMG]
    That Main Menu is awesome!
    "Play it icehole"
    "Fargin Language"
    Great stuff. [​IMG]
    I can't wait to pick this DVD up.
    -Dean-
     
  5. James L White

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    great review,I've been waiting for a review before I I even though about picking this this up
     
  6. James Q Jenkins

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    Looks like those somnofabitch bastages at Fox are forcing me to spend more money on a new DVD. Iceholes!
     
  7. James_Garner

    James_Garner Stunt Coordinator

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    One question, Ron.
    Did Fox restore the original opening credits song by Weird Al Yankovic ("This is The Life") or did they use "Let's Misbehave"? which was used in all prior home video versions?
     
  8. Robert_eb

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    I didn't even realize this was being released on dvd. August is going to be a very expensive month for me.
     
  9. Tony_Faville

    Tony_Faville Supporting Actor

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    Fargin great...something else to spend my money on. And I cannot wait.

    Thanks Ron!
     
  10. Han

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    Just watch. One month after I buy this DVD, Best Buy will stick it in the $9.99 or less bargain bin. Fargin iceholes!
     
  11. Ronald Epstein

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    James,

    The opening credits finally contain the
    original Al Yanchovic theme.

    The closing credits are "Let's Misbehave"
     
  12. Bill Buklis

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    I haven't seen this movie in eons. I'll definitely have to check it out again. Besides it includes the classic song "This is the Life". I always loved the video for that song. Too bad FOX didn't contact Al and put the video on the DVD as well. But, then again that's what the "Weird Al Yankovic Video Collection" is for, right?

    Oh, by the way, Ron, it's "Yankovic".
     
  13. Lewis Besze

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    Best review yet Ron,thanks[​IMG]
    Can't fargin wait![​IMG]
     
  14. Sean Oneil

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    Nice [​IMG]
     
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    I'd better get this title otherwise I'll have my bells in a sling!
     
  16. Des Easthom

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    I can fargin hardly wait for this one. Just gave away my VHS worn tape to my daughter. Bring it on! Next Meanest Cowboy In The West!
     
  17. MichaelAW

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    I can't wait to get this farging DVD!
     
  18. paul_v

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    This is one of the funniest fargin' threads I've read 'ere.

    I remember loving this movie..especially the Inflamed Scrotum Syndrome newsreel. That animated penis was hilarious
     
  19. Aaron Reynolds

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    I love this fargin' movie.
     

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