HTF REVIEW: The Toy

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE TOY

    I am a bit surprised that it took this long
    before Columbia Home Video released The Toy
    to DVD. This film was released in 1982, at the
    height of Richard Pryor's film career. It remains
    one of his most memorable movies.
    You can't argue that by combining the fresh
    young talent of Richard Pryor with comedic veteran
    Jackie Gleason, you have a film destined for success.
    The story concerns a black man by the name of
    Jackie Brown (Pryor) who is down on his luck. He
    is out of work, and his house is about to be sold
    off by the Bank. He needs a job -- fast! He applies
    for the job of a cleaning woman (you read right) for
    millionaire Bates (Jackie Gleason) who owns a huge
    department store. After a crazy mishap, Pryor is
    demoted to cleaning out the Toy department where he
    is discovered by Bate's son, Eric (Scott Schwartz).
    Eric wants Jack Brown as his Toy.
    It was interesting to revisit this movie nearly
    20 years later on DVD. It's funny how as you
    get older, a film like this just doesn't seem as
    funny as it did when you were 18. Although the
    film seems quite dated, it is still an absolute
    pleasure to see Pryor and Gleason working together.
    It is a grand reminder of just how talented both
    these comics are.
    The transfer quality is average. Presented in
    anamorphic widescreen (and P&S on the flip side),
    There is quite a bit of noticeable grain in the
    picture, including film dirt. On the other hand,
    the colors are very prominent. You can see how
    nice the colors look right from the opening
    credits as the camera pans over stuffed animals
    and building blocks. In other words, if you can
    put up with the grain, the picture still retains
    a vibrant colorful look to it.
    The audio quality is nothing to rave about. It's
    pretty muddy, I had to actually turn up the volume
    on my receiver to listen to the DVD.
    Although the packaging states that there are BONUS
    TRAILERS included, there is none for THE TOY.
    Instead, there are trailers for MATILDA, HOOK and
    JUMANJI. I can't understand why Columbia did not
    include the original trailer.
    All in all, one must remember that this film is
    20 years old, and not material worthy of an extensive
    restoration. What you get is a fairly decent transfer
    that should more than satisfy any fan of this film.
    Release Date: November 13th
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  2. Scott Weinberg

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    Solid scoop, Ron. I doubt I'll be picking this one up, but I love when people get the movies they want on DVD, and this one apparently has a rather loyal following.
    Plus Teresa Genzel is a babe!
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    I would have loved to see a documentary that outlined Scott Schwartz acting jobs in Porno.
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    Scott Robert Schwartz, who I enjoyed in films like Kidco and The Toy (not to mention his role in A Christmas Story as Flick who froze his tounge to the fagpole)-- bombed out of hollywood and did porno.
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  6. Mark Cappelletty

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    I thought that he was in porno films, but in the odd second-banana (no pun intended) roles -- the lawyer, the doctor, the lube salesman, whatever -- that didn't involve him getting naked.
    I can't believe "The Toy" is actually getting released on DVD. This is one of the worst films ever and shows how desperate Richard Pryor was becoming for roles. This was NOT the same man who put out the brilliant comedy records in the '70's. Glad Anchor Bay put out "Blue Collar," though.
     
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    Scott Schwartz has his own E! True Hollywood Story about his transition into porn. I believe he works at his dad's trading card shop now.
    THE TOY is a horrendous movie (and not a great success when released) but to each his own, indeed.
     
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    I go along with Mark - very talented people producing an abysmal movie. Not the least bit funny, way overblown, not tapping into Richard Pryor's real talents at all. I damn near walked out of this when it was released, but $5.00 (back then) was a lot of money. To quote Roger Ebert, I "Hated...hated...HATED this movie".
     

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