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The Woman in Red [Blu-ray]

 

(Gene Wilder, 1984)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Orion Pictures
Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:26:36.774 

Disc Size: 19,980,390,774 bytes

Feature Size: 19,533,840,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.63 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: November 28th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps)

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

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)

 

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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.

 

 

The Film:

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.

Wilder stars as contentedly married Teddy Pierce who gets the seven-year-itch and goes crazy with desire over gorgeous model Charlotte (Kelly LeBrock), whom he happens to see one day in a red dress.

Excerpt from DerekWinnert located HERE

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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Audio :

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.

 

Extras :

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.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I LOVE The Woman in Red way out of proportion to what I should. I think Gene Wilder is one of the funniest actors ever, imo - just the other night I rewatched Start the Revolution Without Me for the umpteenth time (wish that was on Blu-ray as well!). Yes, this is a virtual copy of Pardon Mon Affaire but that didn't have Wilder, Charles Grodin, Kelly Le Brock and the Stevie Wonder / Dionne Warwick songs (It's You, Moments Aren't Moments, Weakness). This film has so much joy - an honest celebration of mid-life crisis, love at first sight, infidelity - with so many happy, non-judgmental, characters and a definite conflict between men and women. I love the way Wilder captured the camaraderie of his buddies (who were actually friends in real life.) This is a superbly realized cynical, romantic-fantasy comedy with many layers. The Kino Lorber
Blu-ray looks and sounds great in HD and it has a commentary.  I wish everyone was here to enjoy this with me. It's worth it to have all the songs in lossless! I, personally, strongly recommend this Blu-ray  NOTE: At the writing of this review it is 37% OFF at Amazon.

Gary Tooze

November 2nd, 2017

 




 

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