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Spin the Disc: Brewster's Millions




Dark Water

It was Minty ...

St Elmo's Fire

That was bad ...

The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Brewster's Millions

Love actually, is all around

$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts

Farewell to Frasier

Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock

Dark Water
It was Minty ...
St Elmo's Fire
That was bad ...
The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Brewster's Millions
Love actually, is all around
$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Farewell to Frasier
Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock -->







Brewster's Millions
Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 5:50 AM

Brewster’s Millions

Brewster’s Millions (1985) is a great remake of the story of a man who has to spend money frivilously in order to get more money. It’s the ultimate fantasy which borders on a nightmare, which is what makes this so much fun. Knowing nothing about the movie until I saw it, I’ll admit I wasn’t intrigued enough to see the movie by the cover art alone which is almost exactly like the original 1985 poster art. That’s not to say the cover art is bad. It’s excellent. It features the original hand-drawn logo for the film’s title with a real true-to-period feel and features Richard Prior drowing in $100 bills with John Candy smiling smugly at the camera. Thank heavens there are no big floating heads, as is all too commonplace with today’s new DVD releases which modify original poster art so heavily it’s a sin or disregard it completely.

On a whim, I decided to see it and I’m glad I did because this is Richard Prior at his peak—and you get John Candy thrown in as a bonus. Two comic geniuses of the 1980s working in the same film is fantastic, although Candy doesn’t get to stretch his comedic muscles much but he does well in the supporting role.
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The video is perhaps the most surprising aspect about this release. The fillm is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, is anamorphically enhanced and looks as if it was made yesterday. The colors are vibrant, flesh tones are naturalistic, and I didn’t notice any smearing or macro-blocking during pans. Thankfully, I also didn’t see any conspicuous edge-enhancement which is one of my pet peeves with many of today’s new releases
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On the audio front, there’s not much surround activity, but this is a comedy and that’s to be expected. This is even more true since this movie was released in plain stereo in 1985. Everything is clear and hiss is under control. On the extras front, there’s not much. It would have been great to have an audio commentary or at least an original making-of documentary. All we get, however, are some text-based extras which is more promotional than anything else and the original trailer in fullframe.

This is an great comedy that’s fun to watch. The comedy won’t make you laugh until you cry but you’ll definitely have a good time. I love 1980s movies set in New York City and this doesn’t fail to deliver some of those great New York locations. You can even spot the Statue of Liberty encased in it’s framework of scaffolding being prepared for the 1986 unveiling. Given that this DVD can be had for under six dollars, this is well worth adding to your collection.

Brewster's Millions



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