Funny Farm (1988) / Spies Like Us (1985) (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
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'Spies Like Us' is a great movie. I bought this version thinking that it would have a wider view than my already purchased dvd which I could only find in full frame. I just compared it to my dvd. For this blu ray, all they did was chop some off from the top and bottom to give it the widescreen look. I thought people might to like to know.
The Blu-Ray version is 16:9 and 1080p but it is cropped from 4:3 and is slathered with the "Hollywood Look".
Whoever produced this should be ashamed of themselves. Whoever told them to do the above to this movie should be fired.
I am tempted to ask to return this video as it is painful for me to watch what they did to such a fun movie.
When MGM did this with the James Bond series it resulted in a class action lawsuit and they lost.
Search for "MGM faces class action lawsuit over misleading aspect ratios on James Bond DVDs" and you will find the lawsuit. I'm not saying that Warner Home Video should be subject to litigation however precedence looks like it may have been set.
Addendum: I was wrong: It is the real deal - see comments on my review! I changed the rating from 1 to 3 (It would have been 5, but I don't like the double feature thingy - it would have been nice to get an exclusive SLU-Blu-Ray!)
There are two types of Chevy Chase fans, ones that claim to be a fan and only like Vacation and Caddyshack, then there are ones who think Funny Farm is one of his quotable best, while also having a soft spot in their hearts for Modern Problems.
Funny Farm has a better director than it deserves, but maybe that's why it's so unassuming and humble. Part of what makes it great. Better than all the Vacation sequels. If you ever wanted to trade city life for the country, this is a movie you will appreciate.
Spies Like Us is also pretty damn funny, it gets a little too bogged down in trying to be a grand 007 spoof, and the training montage is terribly slapstick, but Chase has some choice lines. If you ever wanted to see Chevy Chase moonwalk, here is your chance. Boatloads of cameos. Frank Oz (a Landis staple), Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Coen Bros, etc. It's easy to see how todays high concept comedies staring the likes of Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Will Ferrel owe a lot to this movie and it's ilk.
Both movies look decent, nothing surprising, soft like you expect, grain intact, no video noise or tinkering I can see,
but Spies Like Us has pretty bad audio issues, very brittle sounding and re-occuring hiss.
These films aren't Ghostbusters so they don't require pristine presentations, but they are still minor classics if you are a Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, John Landis 80's comedy fans, so it's a little disappointing this is the best we'l ever get.
Will there ever be a re-mastered version of either? So probably safe buying them hopefully for the last time. That is until 4k takes over, but even if that is sooner than Bluray took over DVD, these two titles are still a very long time away from looking better, these are deep-catalog titles.
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Great combo of 2 excellent Chevy Chase movies, we watch Funny Farm around Christmas every year.Published 2 months ago by Michael
Performed as expected, I'm sure. It was a gift for another person and I haven't heard anything bad,... so I'm guessing no news, is good news.Published 8 months ago by Arden E
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Rest assured that this is the best Spies Like Us has ever looked on video (and probably ever will--and widescreen for the first time to boot!). The DVD release was terrible and the image has been cleaned up a bit for the blu-ray release. Be sure to get Three Amigos on its great Blu-ray edition as... Read More
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