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The In-Laws [Blu-ray]
(Arthur Hiller, 1979)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Warner Bros.
Video: Criterion Collection Spine #823
Region: 'A' - UK - 'B'(as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,267,218,594 bytes
Feature Size: 30,319,558,656 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.90 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: July 5th, 2016 (UK - August 15th)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (SDH), none
• Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur
Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew
Description: Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman, The In-Laws may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin’s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk’s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban New Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic—and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release.
Dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) is a respectable man. He has a daughter who is about to marry the son of a very suspicious character, Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk). They are practically relatives already, the wedding is so near. Certainly, Sheldon already despises Vince as if he were already a well-known relative. Nontheless, Vince calls on Sheldon and convinces him to go with him on a series of wild and hilarious adventures, claiming all the while that he is a CIA agent, and that what he is doing is in the national interest. Sheldon follows Vince to a South American country ruled by a very odd man, General Garcia (Richard Libertini), who talks to his hand (which talks back). It seems that the dictator is involved in a scheme to counterfeit and undermine U.S. currency.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
I was laughing so hard at "The In-Laws," a wonderful new comedy
of errors opening today at the Beekman and other theaters, that after a
while I was crying. Then I was wiping my eyes. Then I forgot to take any
more notes. And now I can't remember exactly what was so funny. When
anything is that funny, though, maybe the fine points don't matter.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The In-Laws on Blu-ray from Criterion is advertised as from a "2K digital transfer" and it looks quite pleasing recalling the thicker-grade image quality of the late 70's to mid 80's. Colors are bright and there is texture. Contrast is adept and I can't image the film looking any better for your digital consumption. There minimal depth and no noise and this representation seems to adhere to the authenticity of the original production roots.
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Criterion use a linear PCM mono track at 1152 kbps (24-bit) adhering to the original sound quality. It's flat but consistent and with some depth in the effects. The score is by John Morris (The Elephant Man, Young Frankenstein, Clue) and it sounds light and fun - some may notice "Buffalo Gals" being played. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc, although the UK disc will, presumably be region 'B'-locked.
Criterion include the audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman. Plus there is a new 24-minute interview with Arkin and a new 1/2 piece entitled In Support of “The In-Laws”. It's a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer about the making of the film and their experiences with the production, filmmakers and cast. lastly we get a trailer and the package has a booklet featuring an excellent essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer that I'd strongly recommend checking out - it's a wonderful addition - and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Arthur Hiller.
June 16th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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