The Man with Two Brains [Blu-ray]
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Anyone who doesn’t think Steve Martin is one of the funniest fellows on the planet should have his head examined. As The Man with Two Brains, madman Martin is just the guy to do it, playing Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, famed originator of screw top, zip lock brain surgery. The good doctor pines for his late wife – but slinky siren Dolores Benedict (Kathleen Turner) sashays into his life and changes all that. They’re soon married, but the truth quickly emerges: Dolores’ beauty hides a calculating heart of stone. The situation is hopeless – until another brain specialist’s oddball research offers a bizarre ray of hope. Anyone with half a brain will rejoice in the sheer lunacy of this sublimely silly farce, directed and cowritten by frequent Martin collaborator Carl Reiner (The Jerk, All of Me).
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Anyway, Steve Martin stars as Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, a world-renowned brain surgeon, who has developed a new method of brain surgery called the cranial screw top method. It involves unscrewing the top of a person's skull for easy access and much faster recovery time.
Suffering the recent loss of his wife, he accidentally hits a woman named Dolores, played by Kathleen Turner, with his car. She suffers a massive head injury, and Steve Martin is the only one who can save her. She also bears a remarkable resemblance to his deceased wife. He saves her, they fall in love, and get married. Only problem is she is a conniving, cheating, lying, evil woman who's main interest is money and infuriating her husbands, making the veins stand out on their foreheads.
During their honeymoon trip to Europe, Dr. Hfuhruhurr meets a fellow scientist who has perfected a method of keeping brains alive in jars. During a visit, one of these brains, that of a woman, begins to talk to him, through telepathy of some sort, and they develop a relationship. Realizing his feelings are growing for this bodiless brain, he drifts away from his wife and even begins scheming to replace his wife's brain with that of Anne, the brain in the jar.
There's a lot more, but that's the gist. This is a very funny sci-fi comedy movie, in the vein of a Young Frankenstein, but not as good. This is what I call 'old style' Steve Martin, the more rowdy, raucous, animated Steve from the old days of SNL and The Jerk, before he became more refined and sophisticated. I still think he's funny now, but I just never got into that whole Father of the Bride/LA Story comedy. Lots of sight gags, some slapstick and profanity, and a little nudity, which give this movie an R rating. No extras, no wide screen format, but still a lot of fun. A good, stupid adult comedy with one of my favorite lines that I think only Steve Martin could have delivered as well as he did which is the quote I used in the title of this review.
The format and resolution of these are terrible. AVOID.
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Following the death of his beloved wife, brilliant brain surgeon Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) now spends his days chained to his work spending his evenings talking to a framed painting of his wife. However, his life takes a sideways turn when he accidentally runs over gold-digger Dolores Benedict (Kathleen Turner), a seductive number whose always on the lookout for a new man with enough dollar to keep her in the life she deserves… Problem is, 'ol Dr Hfuhruhurr is too much of a nice guy to notice such inadequacies within her demeanour and takes it upon himself to save her life using his own revelatory 'screw-top, zip-lock brain surgery'. Soon she's recovered and her 'con' begins with the two married and whilst on honeymoon in Vienna, Hfuhruhurr is introduced to reclusive scientist Dr. Alfred Necessiter (David Warner) who holds key information for our lovelorn doc and the truth behind Dolores' deceit finally begins to unravel…
…I also forgot to mention a room full of talking brains, an overly amorous gorilla and a cat that seemingly cannot find his way out of the surgery. However, why spoil those things when you can discover them yourself? Erm. Director Carl ('The Jerk', 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid') Reiners' movie maybe stupid and sometimes a little too zany for some tastes, but you can't deny its pretty darn funny. Steve Martin is also on point with an excellent lead performance - zipping from broken lovelorn hero to crazed lunatic at the drop of a hat - delivering so many quotable lines, you will need to see it again just to marvel at how well he plays with the material. Kudos too to Kathleen Turner, who not only embodies the old fashioned seductress roles of the noir period, but also deftly plays Martin at his own game with a genuinely funny performance and in some cases, outdoes him by delivering a plethora of laugh out loud moments. She's really great and I sometimes forget how good she was back in the day, flitting from movies like this to 'Romancing the Stone' then onto 'Crimes of Passion' - she was highly versatile, handling drama, comedy and action with equal aplomb.
Warner Archives' region free (but US only) blu-ray release sports a highly detailed transfer (which I wasn't expecting, if honest) with a great audio track but sadly no extra special features. It thankfully comes with the original theatrical art on the cover with a very basic back design on the rear - but its seemingly being pushed as a budget release and therefore this is probably the best its going to be for fans of the movie. All in all, I have to recommend it due to the simple fact it still made me laugh, but newer viewers may find all the gurning and madcap stupidity too broad to bear, but for me - its silliness still did the trick. Worth a pop.
My blue heaven is a good family film, where as the man with two brains is a little more adult in style.
Either way steve martin is brilliant, and the sopporting cast in both films are good.
A must have for any dvd collection.
Ich halte das zwar für Betrug, aber wegen den paar Kröten belass ich es hiermit.