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Funny Farm (1988) / Spies Like Us (1985) (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]

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Chevy Chase has a farm, E-I-E-I-Uh-Oh. He plays a Manhattan sportswriter who ditches his career for the rural life and finds that getting away from it all can mean getting in deeper. George Roy Hill (Slap Shot) directs the laugh harvest of Funny Farm. More fish-out-of-water comedy awaits when Chase teams with fellow SNL alum Dan Aykroyd to play government desk jockeys who fake their way into becoming U.S. spies. The stars share a gleeful chemistry as agents whose limitations are limitless, and director John Landis (Trading Places) gooses along the antics of Spies like Us, a funfest that plays like a Bob Hope-Bing Crosby road movie.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 203 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ES5HBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Update on 11/12/11: There is a comment posted to this review that explains that this Disc is actually the correct version of the movie. Please read it if this issue concerns you.

'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.
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While not classic comedies, "Funny Farm" and "Spies Like Us" have their funny moments. Both are very enjoyable Chevy Chase movies with his usual relaxed style, a combination of straight man and funny guy. He's teamed with equally funny Dan Aykroyd in the John Landis directed "Spies" which is sprinkled with some very funny cameos. The very good news about this new BD release is that both movies are presented in widescreen for the first time on home video.
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I'm not a "Super Buff", so I'm just throwing our the specifics of the disc. I picked this up yesterday at BB because it was 2 movies that I have been looking for in a wide-screen format. Both movies are in wide-screen format and on one single-sided disc like the Grumpy Old Men Double Feature. They looked to be straight film transfers, so if you are expecting superior picture quality, then you might want to wait.... and wait.... and wait. Over all, I was very happy with Disc and watching them on my big screen in the original format made it seem just like I was in the theater watching it back in the day. FYI, a sticker on the packaging says Best Buy exclusive and it was only $14.99 with an SRP of $24.99.
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The DVD version of this movie has a 4:3 aspect ratio and the colors are great. They did not inflict the "Hollywood Look" upon us. You can look for what this trend is by searching for "teal and orange hollywood please stop the madness."

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.

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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.
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I was looking forward to see this movie in its original format - I bought this and hoped for an evening of memories and laughter- But: Its not even close to its original format - they just cut of the top and the bottom of the 4:3 Version, so now it looks like 16:9 - but in reality it is just hopelessly ruined! I'll post some pics in the near future! What a ripoff!

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!)
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Funny Farm is one of my most favorite all-time Chevy Chase films and this new Combo pack release is a real treat! I was always disappointed in not being able to see it in the original theatrical release of 1:85 wide screen, and now here it is in a new blu-ray. The picture quality is excellent, with a little grain here and there in certain scenes....but that's to be expected from an older film....very little dirt, specks, or scratches and the colors are much brighter and lifelike....a great improvement over the original dvd release. The sound is still stereo, but greatly improved in true HD 2.0. I was able to also buy it at BB for $14.98, which was a bargain for me. The second film, Spies Like Us, was and still is pretty silly movie and doesn't hold up over time nearly as well as Funny Farm. Regardless, no matter what film you like, I think this Blu Ray release is a pretty good treatment....not any additional extras, but I rarely bother to view those anyways. These blu ray specials have a tendency to disappear in a hurry, so I would get a copy soon if you love either one of these films.
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Hard to beat for the price. And the chance to get both in a decent transfer is great, since before this Funny Farm, the funnier of the two, was only a pan and scan DVD.

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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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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