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My Chauffeur [Blu-ray]
(David Beaird, 1986)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Crown International Pictures
Video: Vinegar Syndrome
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 34,455,752,592 bytes
Feature Size: 28,670,972,544 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: July 25th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1753 kbps 1.0 / 96 kHz / 1753 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps /
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), None
• "License to Drive" - Interview with star Deborah Foreman (16:00)
Promotional and Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
• Cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
• Reversible cover artwork
Description: Casey Meadows (Deborah Foreman, Valley Girl),
a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant, has just received an
unbelievable job offer: the opportunity to work as a driver
at the prestigious Brentwood Limousine Limited. Much to the
shock and frustration of its posh, all-male chauffeur staff,
Casey accepts the offer, but as she begins to settle into
her new position, she discovers that working as a driver is
more grueling than she could have anticipated. Finding
herself having to contend with stoned singers, devious
diplomats, and other raucous clients, she's quickly at her
wits end, but when she picks up a young man named Battle
(Sam J. Jones, Flash Gordon), who's just been dumped
by his girlfriend, a budding romance quickly begins, only
for Casey to discover that Battle is her bosses' son!
In a well-wrought sex comedy with one foot in the feminist camp and another on a banana peel, Casey Meadows (Deborah Foreman in an excellent performance) defies social custom when she gets a job as a limo driver. The manager of the Brentwood Limousine Company, McBride (Howard Hesseman), and her co-workers give her both a hard time and some of the worst fares possible. She is eventually assigned to chauffeur an overworked executive (Sam Jones) who just broke up with his girlfriend. After drowning his sorrows in the back seat of the limo, the ingrate wakes up in Casey's bed the morning after, refusing to believe he had anything to do with her. Their antagonistic relationship is stressed all the more when she has to drive him on a vacation and the car breaks down. What Casey does not know is that she has not been given the complete scoop on her passenger.
''NOW it's time for the gratuitous nudity.''
Casey Meadows (Deborah Foreman) is a fast-talking, goofy, rebellious young woman who receives a mysterious note from millionaire Witherspoon (E.G. Marshall) informing her that she's been hired as a chauffeur for his limousine company. She is given a cool reception by her stuffy new boss, McBride (Howard Hesseman). Only O'Brien (Sean McClory), Witherspoon's chauffeur, treats her kindly. In an effort to make her quit, McBride assigns Casey to their most difficult clients. But eventually she is assigned to chauffeur Battle (Sam J. Jones), the uptight and overworked son of Witherspoon. There is so much to like about MY CHAUFFEUR that it makes the film's wrong-headedness that much more annoying. Foreman is terrific as the spunky young chauffeur. The handsome-but-uptight Jones is a perfect foil for her, and the pair sparkle in several scenes together. Marshall is, of course, the consummate professional, and the supporting cast leaves the viewer wanting more. Unfortunately, there are several pointless, gratuitously offensive digressions in the basically sweet plot line.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
My Chauffeur comes to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome described as "Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative". It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. It looks just fine - probably a strong replication of its original presentation. Detail has some tightness, colors show richness and contrast appears moderately well-layered. There is some depth in the 1.85:1 frame. I'll bet it can't look much better or certainly won't look any better for digital home theatre consumption.
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The film's audio is transferred in a DTS-HD Master mono track at 1753 kbps (24-bit). It sounds clean and faithful to its roots. The bouncy score is by Paul Hertzog (his first film composition, followed by a few, late 80s, martial arts flics) and is offered as an isolated option, in lossy Dolby. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Vinegar Syndrome include some extras starting with two separate commentaries. The first has David Beaird (writer/director) & Leland Crooke (co-star) and the second has production assistant Jeff McKay. From what I sampled these were very light with some details of the shoot etc. There is also a 16-minute "License to Drive" interview with star Deborah Foreman - looking lovely and discussing her journey, through modeling, to film. Some may wish to access the, aforementioned, isolated soundtrack in lossy Dolby, there is an original theatrical trailer, promotional and behind the scenes stills gallery, and three T.V. Spots. The package has artwork by Derek Gabryszak and a reversible cover.
July 24th, 2017
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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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