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|Contributor||Rick Rossovich, Jackie Earl Haley, Shelley Long, Henry Darrow, Joe Spinell, Tom Cruise, John Stockwell See more|
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- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 77.11 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : March 19 2019
- Actors : Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earl Haley, John Stockwell, Henry Darrow
- Subtitles: : English
- ASIN : B07MHQ59RW
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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BRAND NEW 2K MASTER! Hollywood icon Tom Cruise (Valkyrie) in his first starring role has everything to gain and a certain something to lose when he crosses paths with Shelley Long (Hello Again) in this rambunctious road-trip comedy set in the wild and wacky sixties. When all-American high-schooler Woody (Cruise) and his Sinatra-obsessed pal Dave (Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen) decide that it s time to lose their virginity, they enlist the help of their more experienced friend Spider (John Stockwell, Christine) and head south-of-the-border. Now, in a hilariously raunchy search for cheap booze and even cheaper thrills the intrepid trio will run into fast-food floozies, crooked cops and a close encounter with a doubting would-be divorcée (Long) that will change Woody s life forever. Wonderfully directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, The Bedroom Window) with a screenplay by B.W.L. Norton (Convoy). Special Features: -Original Theatrical Trailer
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(THE WIDESCREEN WATCHERS SOCIETY)
What a shame we the public (in this case Shelley Long and/or Losin' It fans) have been ripped off again by getting stuck with the horrible pan-and-scan mode known as "standard screen."
Widescreen has been used by 95% of all movies since 1953, and Losin' It came out in 1983 - yet although it was shot in widescreen we get nothing but standard screen.
Quality-wise, the 5 star rating system regarding DVDs should basically be awarded according to the following levels:
1 star - Standard screen version of widescreen movie, with no trailer or other features.
2 stars - Standard screen version of widescreen movie, with no other features except a trailer.
3 stars - Standard screen version of standard shot movie (most of which were of course done pre-1953.) Trailer and audio commentary could push it to 4 stars.
4 stars - Widescreen version of widescreen movie, with trailer and audio commentary, although maybe not with the cleanest picture or sound.
5 stars - Widescreen version of widescreen movie, with trailer, audio commentary and any other extras, all with perfect artifact-free picture and 5.1 or DTS sound.
Hopefully, Shelley's next movie due out on DVD will at least be in wonderful widescreen. (It is The Money Pit, slated for Feb. 3, 2003.)
And, hey - when are we also going to get a widescreen version of Shelley's masterpiece, Troop Beverly Hills? I think we've waited more than long enough!
UPDATE: Later in the summer of 2003, Troop Beverly Hills was indeed released on DVD... only in crummy standard screen. Thanks for yet another ripoff, guys.
And for those of you viewers who say you don't like those black widescreen lines at the top and bottom of your TV set, please bear in mind that in the near future all TVs will be widescreen and the big black bars will be virtually gone.
However, when you will try to play a standard screen DVD on the widescreen TV, big black bars WILL appear - this time at the right and left sides, which is a hundred times worse than top and bottom!
Think about it: a massive investment now in standard screen DVDs will in 2015 result in the same scenario as being stuck with hundreds of Beta tapes in 1985!
The story is pretty standard fare for the "teen adventure comedy" and everything ends on an upbeat note.
A strange thing was that I thought it was set in or around 1983, when it was made - yes, Dave drives a '57 Chevy, but a lot of motorhead kids in my high school (in 1983) did similar. I did notice the Tijuana cop drove a 50's style car (not sure of model) but just assumed that public services in Tijuana couldn't afford anything more modern. But at the end, when they were queued up at customs, ALL the cars were 50s-types. I thought perhaps it was going to be some joke about a classic car rally - but since there wasn't, I can only conclude that this movie was taking place in the late '50s. You wouldn't know it from the story though - only from the cars.
Anyway, even if a TV channel was showing it for free, it's not worth watching. Lame, lame, lame. Watch "The Night Before" starring Keanu Reeves and you will be much more entertained (and intrigued) in a movie that has a similar kind of "high school kids in trouble after hours" feel.
The story is about 3 high school seniors Dave (the Frank Sinatra/sex obsessed pal) Woody (the sensitive intellegent person) and Spyder (a tough boy from a broken home) who plan a trip to Tijuana in search of sex, but the plan backfires as Dave's little brother Wendel 'Wimp' comes along with them as well as a runaway bride (Shelley Long)
As they arrive in Tijuana, the boys go out and look for a good time and later they meet the crooked cops, insane marine sailors and junkyard ruffians and they decide to get out of Tijuana and make it across the border.
Even though this movie has a little plot, it's fun to watch this movie and it truly deserves more recognition with today's youth. This movie is alot better than today's teen flicks.
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There has been some confusion as to the aspect ratio of the original film, caused by an erroneous (and since corrected) IMDb specification, as well as from MGM's disclaimer at the opening of the 4:3 ratio DVD from 2001: "This film has been altered in the following way: it has been formatted to fit your TV." That notice usually means a film was shot in widescreen but cropped down to 4:3 for the old TV sets. However, the original theatrical trailer for the film is in 4:3 -- and in the full film, the lens flare bokeh in the blowtorch scene is round rather than oval, a telltale confirmation that no anamorphics were used during filming.
The film has a lot going for it - a young attractive cast, sex, full frontal nudity, great cars, great music and a few good laughs. Right up there with "Porky's," "The Wanderers," and "Porky's Revenge." Love it and hope you will, too!!!