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S.O.B.

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: R

Running Time: 121 minutes

Starring: Julie Andrews, William Holden, Richard Mulligan, Stuart Margolin, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn, Marisa Berenson, Robert Webber, Shelly Winters, Robert Preston, Loretta Swit

Written and Directed by: Blake Edwards

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: Cast/Director Film Highlights, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Mono, French Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (30 Scenes)

Released: June 4th, 2002

 

 

Felix Farmer is having the worst time of his life. A director who always seemed to be a the top of his game, Felix suffers a mental and nervous breakdown after he has his first flop: a fun family movie. As Felix struggles to make sense of it all, he decides to buy the movie from the studio, shoot additional material that changes the content of it all completley and then he'll have a hit. But of course, even the best laid plans come undone, and a bunch of wackiness and insanity ensues...

Many people are mixed on "S.O.B." Granted, it is not Blake Edwards' best, but given that he was a major player in the Hollywood studio system, I'm assuming some of the material in here is based on his own experiences, bullshit that he got, things he knew and everything else there is to be inspired enough to write this movie. I'm sure people in this movie are based on other people Edwards knew, and it's probably his way to tell them to piss off (so I guess he gets a laugh).

I'm all for showbiz satires (I've written a few myself, actually), seeing how much I'm into the entertainment industry and how closely I follow it. Granted, it's a movie like "S.O.B." that I tend to like. And a good deal of it is very funny, and perhaps underrated. Edwards screenplay is very nice, pointing out all the Hollywood stereotypes: studio bosses, asskissers, money loving actors and all your other favorites. Edwards writes some pretty funny scenes involving physical comedy, but he actually has some really sharp one-liners and points out pretty funny, insightful and true things about the often so called "corrupt" Hollywood studio system. I laughed out loud a lot of times, and there really is some sharp stuff. However, the other laughs, are more hit and miss. I think the movie has more hits than misses, but the missed jokes and opportunities do get in the way.

Edwards directing style here is pretty nice mostly. The movie runs two hours, and it's a pretty fun two hours. The film moves at a good pace and there is some clever camera shots and editing to give that old time Hollywood feel, as to bring us more into this movie industry saga, but despite the laughs, I found the movie a bit uneven. The film has one too many characters for me and it almost becomes a bit cluttered, while sometimes it just goes over the top and becomes a bit too lost for its own good.

Edwards has rounded up a good cast here. The late Richard Mulligan is fantastic, while Loretta Swit, William Holden, Julie Andrews, Robert Vaugh and Marisa Berenson deliver strong performances against a very finely tuned cast. I suppose the cast plays the movie exactly as it is: over the top, crazy and overemotional. But it's perfect seeing how they're all Hollywood type characters. So if you're in the mood for fun and are into the entertainment industry... you'll truly get the most out of "S.O.B."

 

This was a pretty surprising transfer. Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and enhanced for widescreen televisions, "S.O.B." looks pretty damn nice. Yes there are some print marks and scratches, is a bit grainy and a little soft, and has some shimmering and a lot of noise, not to mention a little edge enhancment. Still, it overall retains a certain smoothness and sharpness to it. Fleshtones are decent while color satuartion is nothing special but is pretty good overall. It's actually pretty impressive and looks more like a recent movie. Overall, a pretty damn good transfer if I say so myself.

 

The film has one channel mono tracks in English and French. Listening to the English mono, it fit the film fine (though I must say this film could work well with a 5.1 remix). The dialogue and ADR impressed me the most: it's really clear and can be easily heard, though it is slightly distorted. The other effects such as music, crashes and all other sorts of noises are very drowned out and low. Fidelity as a whole is decent. Too bad this isn't up to the level of the transfer. Also included are English closed captions, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Thai Subtitles and Korean Subtitles.

 

Blah. Cast/Director Film Highlights and an anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer.

 

A fun, though flawed satire, "S.O.B." has arrived on DVD with a good transfer, average mono track and sparse extras. Still, if you're a fan of the movie, it's worth checking out.