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Irreconcilable Differences (The Lost Collection) (1984)

Ryan O'Neal , Shelley Long , Charles Shyer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long, Drew Barrymore
  • Directors: Charles Shyer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QMCJ50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Irreconcilable Differences (The Lost Collection)" on IMDb

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In a tale alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the movie is a GEM, The DVD is a Crime! April 24, 2009
I have liked this movie for years and years. It was well done, charming, and worth repeat viewings.

Lionsgate has done an appallingly awful job on this DVD. They don't even know who their audience are...

It opens with a very inappropriate red-banded, R rated noisy hard-sell preview of a horror movie, followed by another horror preview. Both of these fourth-rate screamers have unknown casts, yet they were treated infinitely better than the feature we are paying for on this disc - a well written movie starring four very famous actors. While the horror movies got newly remastered in widescreen with new interviews, this movie seems to have been copied from a grainy pan/scan transfer on an old VHS tape.

The gratingly cheesy-busy menus seem to have been made up by someone who thinks the 80s were nothing but disco. The scene selection is lazily authored to force the viewer to manually navigate from page to page, rather than linking them together so you can right click through them all in sequence.

The picture is so dark that many scenes are now played out almost totally unwatchably in black screen or shadows. There are eve changeover cues, meaning it was transferred from an old exhibition print.

Clearly the principle that anything worth doing is worth doing well is lost on Lionsgate. They obviously have no respect for this movie, which they refer to as "forgotten" on the cover, and have deliberately issued a product that is obsolete. It's amazing that they would list "full screen" as a "feature" in today's world when even broadcast TV is going widescreen. The fact is that for a great many people who buy this, it will NOT be in full-screen at all, and it is missing maybe a third of the picture from its Original Aspect Ratio.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars IRRECONCILABLE TRANSFER April 28, 2009
I echo some of the other reviews. The movie is terrific; the other "Lost" titles (with the exception of "Slaughter High") are full-framed but pristine prints. This transfer is as grainy as if I had taken the VHS and copied it myself to a DVD. It's an amazing rip-off, but I guess it doesn't matter to Lionsgate. I can't imagine what can be done, save sending back the discs. But since there's no other version (EXCEPT an old VHS copy--with the same quality) you're plum f***k out of luck.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please read if you are a fan of this movie. June 6, 2009
By dave
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This was a great movie with an all star cast. The plot was fantastic and it was an excellent "feel good" movie. The movie gets five stars and the film transfer to dvd gets zero stars. My rating is two stars. I love this movie so I bought it to have it in my collection. I am keeping it even though it has many dark scenes and blackouts. Keep this in mind and hopefully someday we will get a good print of this film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great little gem of a film...terrible DVD release June 28, 2009
I have been waiting for this film on DVD for years; because of its non-existence on DVD I had even saved my old Vestron Video copy when I had gotten rid of the majority of my VHS collection many years ago. I was very excited to seen this film recently released on DVD by Lionsgate...until I watched it. This has got to be one of the worst transfers of a film to DVD that I have ever seen by a major distributor. Lionsgate should be totally and unequivocally ashamed to have put out such a shoddily produced DVD. The transfer is obviously taken from a VHS tape, in fact the original Vestron Video logo even appears before (and at the conclusion) of the film, just as on my original VHS tape from the 1980's. The picture is unbelievably dark in many places and the printers marks denoting reel changes are still present (another clue that this is in fact the VHS master, as these marks appear on the original Vestron copy). If this were a well-done transfer, it would have easily gotten five stars because the film is still one of the most underrated comedy/dramas from the 1980's. I hope that with all the negative reviews that this DVD has gotten that Lionsgate will see fit to give this film a more proper release on DVD. We can only hope.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not gonna say much about this great, albeit obscure film. It's obvious to me that if you're searching for this, then you already know what a cute, funny awesome 80s flick this is. What I do want to say is that this Special Edition sold by Paint It Orange, has great clarity and is not at all grainy, nor does it have black outs. There's another version of this DVD sold out there for a few years now, that many have complained about, this one is DIFFERENT! Now do keep in mind, it was made in 1984 and it looks like it was made in 1984, and sometimes there is a "chapter" closing where the screen goes momentarily black, that is not a "black-out", but a pause to let you know the movie is transitioning on to a different era in their lives. All in all, I am SO HAPPY I got this all-time fave of mine.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful underrated movie March 11, 2009
"Irreconcilable Differences" is finally coming to DVD, and all I can say is: IT'S ABOUT TIME! This is a wonderful underrated movie that was released in theaters way back in the fall of 1984. I remembered seeing it at the theater when it was released. My mother took me to see this and the Sally Field movie "Places in the Heart" in the same day. And it was great to see not one but two great movies at the theater in one day. However "Irreconcilable Differences" was not a hit at the box office, and got pretty much lost while waiting for a DVD release. It was released on home video in the old VHS format, but it has taken what has seemed like forever for the film to get released on DVD. I was constantly checking to see if this movie was ever going to be released, and was getting frustrated not seeing anything about a DVD release date. That was until today, when at long last I found out that this terrific little movie was finally getting released on DVD.

"Irreconcilable Differences" is a comedy-drama that tells the story of a Hollywood couple who marry, have a kid, make movies, write novels, and in the end (after one fight too many) are sued for divorce by their 9 year-old daughter. The stars are: Ryan O'Neal, who was still a big star at the time this movie was made (he has since pretty much disappeared from the acting scene and has been having personal problems in real life); Shelley Long, who was starring on the hit TV sitcom "Cheers" at the time when she made this; a very young Drew Barrymore, who made this a few years after hitting it big with Steven Spielberg's blockbuster "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial"; and a young Sharon Stone, who would go on to be a big star of 90's movies such as "Total Recall", "Basic Instinct", and "Casino".
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD instead of Blu-Ray would have been fine.
The master must not have been preserved very well. DVD instead of Blu-Ray would have been fine.
Published 23 days ago by GREGBUQUERQUE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition! Love this movie!!
Published 27 days ago by nora
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
If you love Drew Barrymore you absolutely have to get this movie she is so cute in this movie. I have loved this movie ever since I first watched I was extremely happy that Amazon... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ke ke
5.0 out of 5 stars joey's buy
gave it five stars because they met or exceeded all my expectations! Thank you and I would shop with them again.
Published 7 months ago by J. Maldonado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
liked it funny yet serious. The little girl is more mature than the parents. Good movie to watch with the one you love
Published 9 months ago by D. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, good plot.
First, I was glad to find out they put the movie on a DVD. I had only had the VHS one that I had taped years ago. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary M. Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Child Caught Between Feuding Parents
Divorce is never easy on a child, and this movie shows it to the hilt. It is emotionally intense at times. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jan Peczkis
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Wanted this for so long, great movie. Shelly is great and Ryan is great, but the star of the show is Drew Barrymore. You love this movie.
Published 18 months ago by Angela G. Lawless
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Blu-Ray release of a great movie!!!
When I was fifteen, I saw this movie in the theater, and I loved it! This release has been a long time coming. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Barbara J. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make movies this funny anymore!
I absolutely loved this movie. It bridges the gap from child to adult audiences. I've always liked director Charles Shyer but never got to see him talk about his films so this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by judee flick
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