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The Private Eyes (1981)

Tim Conway , Don Knotts , Lang Elliott  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox, Grace Zabriskie
  • Directors: Lang Elliott
  • Writers: Tim Conway, John Myhers
  • Producers: Lang Elliott, Wanda Dell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305976481
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Private Eyes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Photo Gallery of Production Stills
  • Audio Commentary by Tim Conway and Lang Elliott

Editorial Reviews

Tim Conway, Don Knotts. The most inept investigators in the history of Scotland Yard are dispatched to a mansion to solve a murder. A classic comedy the whole family will enjoy! 1981/color/97 min/PG/fullscreen.

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198 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Help But Laugh October 22, 2003
Buy this flick. You probably saw it on cable 20 years ago, or maybe some goof at the office told you about it. Here's why it's worth owning.
Somewhere along the way Hollywood decided films like 'The Private Eyes' weren't suitable for production. Not being a student of film or pop culture, I'm not really sure why. It probably cost next-to-nothing to make, is thoroughly enjoyable, and is suited for virtually any audience -- one could watch this with grandma or their drinking buddies.
Regardless, the world has changed, so thankfully we have little gems like this to remind us of how things ought to be. So while my buddies can rave about crap like the 'Matrix Returns,' I'll settle down and watch Conway and Knotts bungle their way through 90 minutes of side-splitting joy. Call me corny, but gags like the time pistol, which goes off every hour, or the never-ending supply of homing pigeons (gone awry) are priceless.
Sure, guys like Chris Tucker are funny, but I just can't see them pulling off any bit that doesn't involve dope, profanity, and/or both. That's not a knock on today's comedy, but anyone who's a fan of the art will get a kick out of 'the Private Eyes.'
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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First the DVD review: This DVD was/is put out by "Hens Tooth" video. (Hens Tooth?) Features the original theatrical trailer, which in itself is a gem; a wonderful stills gallery featuring behind the scenes making of the movie...priceless! And an awesome commentary by Tim Conway and the Director Lang Elliot who offer tons of little know facts and insight to this classic! This DVD is crisp and clear and so is the sound! The only thing this DVD lacks are the deleted and alternate scenes and alternate angles they showed on TV back in 1984. (see below for details) But, I'm happy to take what they give!
I know this is going to sound odd, but this is my favorite comedy of all time! No question! I have always been a big fan of Tim Conway and Don Knotts! (Who isn't?) Both men are absolute geniuses and have been underused since this movie came out back in 1981. This movie left a huge impression on me when I was a kid! I have always wanted a house just like the one in this movie! Who wouldn't want a 252 room estate! You could almost sleep in a different room for a full year! I was equally impressed when I found out the house in this movie is a real house! It's the Biltmore House and gardens. The real house is in Asheville North Carolina. Although the Biltmore House doesn't have 252 rooms (darn!) it is an absolutely gorgeouse manor! I highly recommend you check out their website! They will even send you a free brochure which pulls out into a mini poster! I have one on my wall right now! Very cool!
Anyways, back to the review...This is one movie that can be shared with the whole family! When this movie came out I was 10 years old and was so impressed by the look of it, the hysterical comedy, the cast, and the mystery storyline!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A couple steps short of perfect.... January 5, 2001
But let's face it, the fact that this movie made it to DVD is reason to celebrate and it's probably as good as we'll ever get. First things first, I love this film! I just want to comment on some of the technical aspects of the DVD. First of all, the full-screen transfer is beautiful (I don't know if the film was even shot in widescreen)- the colors are so rich and the picture so crisp that it rivals anything produced today. The infamous dark 'secret passage' scenes show every detail - things that just couldn't be seen in an old VHS tape or tv version. The trailer, however, was not given the same treatment as the actual film so don't expect much there. The commentary is a nice bonus with Tim Conway and Lang Elliot reminiscing about the film, providing some insights and lightheartedly goofing on Don Knotts much of the time. There's even a brief mention of how a sequel was planned at one time! For some reason, their commentary assumes you are watching the film for the first time so they purposely don't 'give away' anything, which unfortunately hinders their dialogue a bit. The addition of subtitles during the commentary is something that would have been nice as well. Aside from that, there is a slide show which is nice, although I would have much preferred a cast bio as it really is a nice ensemble. Finally, and this is what prevents this being a 5 star film - the movie is missing a major scene! The classic dinner scene where Dr. Tart gets beaten up by Phyllis is inexplicably nowhere to be found. Classic lines like "You told me we were having pork. How dare you trick me!" "I'll give you 5 bucks if you don't tell her the peas are canned." Also gone is the scene where Tart releases one of his homing pigeons, but the wings stick to his hands. Read more ›
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great family film....but this DVD is the pits. July 20, 2005
I loved this film as a kid, and if you want something to watch with the family you don't have to go any further. Great family entertainment. BUT this DVD sucks. It's a bad pan & scan, mediocre video, okay audio, and no extras. It's very expensive for such a shoddy DVD. I'd skip it for now because the rights should revert and a new version out in a year or so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
was a gift
Published 1 day ago by william stalla
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspecter Winship and Dr. Tart On The Case!
The thing that you forget in this new age of Hollywood where everything is digital and acting, real acting, seems to be a waning art, is that once upon a time there were comedians... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr. Sinister
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tim Conway/Don Knotts film
Have enjoyed this movie since I first saw it, when it came out.
Published 15 days ago by Dwight Klinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got this dvd years ago about en loves it...
Published 19 days ago by alicia fuentes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Loved it as a kid and still love it now!
Published 26 days ago by Christie C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
im completely satisfied with this order.
Published 29 days ago by Sandra L Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It was a ok movie to watch.
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Thorsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own!!!
I love this movie! There is nothing wrong with some good, old fashioned, clean comedy! And the Don Knotts/Tim Conway duo can not be beat for hilarity!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Have watched this movie so many times. Our one ...
Have watched this movie so many times. Our one daughter can say everything before they do. Wore out 2 VHS tapes and hopefully the DVD has a much longer life.
Published 1 month ago by James C Vey
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean Family Comedy and Worth The Money!!
Have watched The Private Eyes several times over the years. 1st on TV. Later bought the DVD. Disappointed in quality of DVD copy, but watched a few times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by arkycatfish
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Details on the Blu-ray restoration and deleted scenes:
A classic film. Still have my copy on DVD. A darn shame about the deleted scenes. Can't wait to see it in HD. Waiting for a slight drop in price.
Feb 12, 2011 by spaceboy |  See all 2 posts
GWTW is the one of the most overrated films of all time and is always on television. I much rather purchase the rarely seen so-called "B" movie.
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