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directed by I. Robert Levy
USA 1977

 

Not even intermittently funny, CAN I DO IT... TIL I NEED GLASSES is as low-brow as seventies comedy can get. A random series of comedic sketches with no framing device, most of the skits are protracted enactments of jokes that could have been told in two or three sentences. For instance: a husband answers his door and finds a naked man on the doorstep with a bag over his head holding a gun. The husband begs the man not to kill him. The man reveals he's not a robber but a rapist. The punchline: the husband shouts to his wife "Honey, it's for you." That's it, end of sketch. It's like R-rated visualizations of pages from those politically incorrect joke books from the sixties and seventies you find on the bookshelf in your uncle's den (which hasn't been remodeled since presumably the seventies). Robin Williams is promoted as the star of the film but he only appears in two brief bits which were not included in the film's initial release but reinstated for a reissue after the success of the TV series MORK AND MINDY. Recommended for those who like their humor politically incorrect BUT dated.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: August 1977 (USA)

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DVD Review: Code Red - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Distribution

Code Red

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:24
Video

1.76:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.96 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Code Red

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.76:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (4:3; 2:41)
• BEYOND THE DOOR trailer (16:9; 2:14)
• DEAD PIT trailer (4:3; 1:51)
• THE FARMER trailer (4:3; 2:07)
• OBSESSED ONES trailer (4:3; 2:03)
• POWER PLAY trailer (16:9; 3:23)
• SOLE SURVIVOR trailer (4:3; 1:51)
• WACKY TAXI trailer (4:3; 1:48)

DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

The film is anamorphic and progressive, looking more colorful than the disc's accompanying theatrical trailer (which helpfully includes the same freeze frame title display seen in the film's opening credits with the trailer's image looking unmatted and faded). That said, the film transfer is clear enough to make evident that the glasses on the guy under the title have been drawn on in post. It is by no means an impressive transfer but it does justice to the film (controlled studio scenes look good, grabbed exteriors are grainy). Audio is fine throughout.

The trailer is the only substantial extra (besides the trailers for other Code Red releases, some still not out yet even though this disc was released in 2008). The "Extra" option on the menu takes you to a brief clip from the film of a newspaper man shouting "Extra, extra, read all about it" that precedes the lifeboat skit. Not really funny but after seeing the film it may be a relief that one doesn't have to sit through some retrospective documentary or deleted scenes from the feature.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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