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Funny About Love

review by Zach B.

 

 

 

Duffy Bergman (Gene Wilder) is a successful and beloved cartoonist, who has a little bit of an ego problem. But when he suffers a midlife crisis, he realizes he wants a child of his own. Duffy doesn't have much luck with his wife (Christine Lahti) - a cook he meets and marries shortly after - and as a result, goes on his own quest to project love and have a baby.

Fun Fact: Christine Lahti has not only gone on to become a successful television actress, but a successful director as well.

 

 

The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is pretty good. The main problem is the source print used - blemishes and dirt pieces are all over, and at times the blotches and scratches become really heavy which is annoying. There is no edge enhancement, noise is minimal and fleshtones and color saturation look pretty outstanding overall. The image is a bit soft at times, but that's okay - this transfer is beyond pleasing.

 

 

The English 5.1 Dolby Digital track is decent, but it's nothing amazing. This is a pretty talky romantic comedy, so there isn't much use for standard surround action - there are some subtle moments from the rears and that's about it. The use of the subwoofer isn't spectacular either, but the dialogue is easy to hear and the music sounds good (Miles Goodman's score jazzes things up). The track works fine for the movie, and besides, people don't usually buy catalog releases expecting the best in a home theater experience. Dolby Surround tracks in English and French are on the disc, plus English subtitles and English closed captions.

 

 

Nada.

 

 

You can find this DVD pretty cheap, but fans of the movie (or Leonard Nimoy and/or Gene Wilder enthusiasts) will probably only want it. Like nearly all catalog titles from Paramount, there are no extras but the sound and picture are serviceable. If that's okay with you, then enjoy.

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $14.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (11 Scenes)

Released: June 1st, 2004

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 101 minutes

Starring: Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti, Mary Stuart Masterson

Written by: Norman Stienberg & David Frankel
Based upon an article by: Bob Greene

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy