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The Woman in Red [Blu-ray]
(Gene Wilder, 1984)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Orion Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,980,390,774 bytes
Feature Size: 19,533,840,384 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.63 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 28th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps)
•Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jim Hemphill
• Trailers for The Woman in Red (1:19), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (2:53) and Haunted Honeymoon (2:19)
Description:He's head over heels and headed straight for trouble! Seduction is powerful, and in the form of The Woman in Red, it's certain to lead to unbridled passion and unlimited laughs! Featuring a first-rate cast that includes Gene Wilder (The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother), Charles Grodin (Midnight Run), Joseph Bologna (Blame It on Rio), Judith Ivey (Harry and Son), Kelly Le Brock (Weird Science) and Gilda Radner (Hanky Panky). Businessman Teddy Pierce (Wilder) has always played by the rules... until he meets the woman in red. With killer legs and a knockout style, sexy Charlotte (Le Brock) is the ultimate fantasy woman. Now Teddy's headed straight for trouble, deciding to give in to temptation and looking forward to the most romantic experience of his life. But Teddy's amorous affections soon lead to hilarious consequences when his friends, his secretary and Charlotte's husband get involved. Gene Wilder (Haunted Honeymoon) wrote and directed this comedy bombshell that scores a perfect 10! Based on a screenplay UN ELEPHANT CA TROMPE ENORMEMENT by Jean-Loup Dabadie (Le Sauvage) and Yves Robert (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe). Oscar-winner for Best Music, Original Song I Just Called to Say I Love You by music legend Stevie Wonder.
Gene Wilder writes, directs and stars in this extremely
bubbly and highly amusing 1984 madcap romantic comedy
based on Yves Robert’s 1974 French farcical film
Pardon Mon Affaire (Un éléphant ça trompe
énormément) with Jean Rochefort.
Gene Wilder's remake of this 1976 French comedy is a Hollywood version of what happens when Theodore (Wilder), an ordinary ad agency executive, is captivated by a gorgeous woman (Kelly Le Brock). The woman just happens to be standing on a grate when her skirt blows up over her waist (a scene first made famous by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch), and one glimpse is enough to change Theodore's whole life. Although he is married, he is willing to risk his happy relationship with his wife for a romp in the hay with the beautiful stranger. Unfortunately, even when he tracks down the object of his lust he is woefully inept at sneaking out on his wife to consummate his desire. Three of his male office mates help him as much as they can, but Ms. Milner (Gilda Radner) is really incensed when she finds out that the object of Theodore's attention is not herself. Stevie Wonder's score included his hit song "I Just Called to Say I Love You," which received an Oscar nomination.Excerpt from B+N located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of The Woman in Red looks very pleasing in 1080P. The HD transfer produces excellent visuals and colors seem true with some richness and frequent depth. There may be some very minor edge enchantment and the grain can be a bit clunky in spots but I was very happy with the presentation in-motion. It's not dynamically crisp but has a film heaviness that seems authentic. The source is clean and this Blu-ray gave me a very pleasurable viewing in regards to the picture quality - certainly, handily, advancing upon SD.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1556 kbps in the original English language. There are effects in the film - but is highly notable for the Stevie Wonder songs; It's You, The Woman In Red, Don't Drive Drunk, Love Light In Flight, Weakness, I Just Called To Say I Love You, Let's Just... , and It's More Than You. It also has a score by John Morris (The In-Laws, The Elephant Man, Young Frankenstein, Clue) that adds further happiness to the film - sounding wonderful in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Kino add an audio commentary by Jim Hemphill - a critic, writing for Film Quarterly, the Chicago Reader, and Cinefantastique etc. and his analysis is provoking including Hitchcock references, themes, PoV, and influences on this film, as well as some highly interesting details on producer Victor Drai and much more. It's a very good commentary. There are also trailers for The Woman in Red, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother and Haunted Honeymoon.
November 2nd, 2017