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Clue: The Movie Blu-ray Review

The “Clue” board game is more enjoyable than the movie.

Set in New England, 1954, the film begins with a group of people being invited to a mansion for unknown purposes. Upon arrival, the group encounters Wadsworth the butler and Yvette the maid. Wadsworth informs the new guests that they are all to be called by their pseudonyms Mrs. White, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum and Mr. Boddy. To say anything more would be spoiling the plot, but you can expect the story to involve blackmail, paranoia, plot twists, dead bodies, a mysterious murderer, unexpected guests, the police, hidden doorways, and plenty of weapons.

Since its release in 1985, “Clue” has become quite the nostalgic cult favorite amongst the film’s passionate fanbase, but I can’t say I quite understand the love for this murder mystery comedy. Granted, the all-star cast featuring Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, and Madeline Kahn is fun to see on screen, but they don’t have a ton to do. Throughout most of the run time, the cast is either running or walking around the mansion while a character spouts a long winded chunk of dialogue (see Tim Curry’s never-ending deduction at the end).

It’s possible that the film’s humor is what has made this film a home video/cable hit, but to me, the jokes are too hit-and-miss. For every clever sexual innuendo, one-liner, or dead body sight gag, there are more jokes (like the dog poop bit at the start) that drag on. One might say they are even deathly slow.

For all its faults, “Clue” does deserve credit for cleverly incorporating elements of the classic board game into the script. The 3 endings in particular is a nice touch and is arguably the highlight of the entire movie.

Note: Viewers have the option of playing the film with a random ending or all 3 endings.

Video/Audio:

Widescreen 1080p I’m sure all of the “Clue” fans are reading this to see how this film looks in hi-def or if it’s worth the upgrade to Blu-ray. I’m here to tell you that the film looks marvelous on Blu-ray. Despite some dirt specs and some overly grainy shots, this catalogue title generally impresses in widescreen 1080p. The establishing shots of the entire mansion and the level of detail inside the mansion is especially noteworthy here.

The English Mono DTS-HD audio track is a slight upgrade from a standard Mono track. In other words, it’s as good as a Mono track can be.

The only extras are a “Clue” theatrical trailer, the option to play all 3 endings individually, and the option to play all 3 endings together.

August 9, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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