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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

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The cast elevates “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” revolves around two rival con men in France who scam rich women out of money. There’s the suave and wealthy Lawrence who is often aided by a corrupt Police Detective (Andre) and there’s the small time American con man Freddy. When Lawrence sees that Freddy is starting to encroach on his territory and scams, Lawrence decides to take him under his wing to eventually get him out of the way. That plan backfires. Instead, the two decide to make a bet of trying to get $50,000 from a specific woman. The loser must leave France. Their target? A U.S. Soap Queen named Janet.

Directed by Frank Oz (yes, that Frank Oz) and written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a very simple and breezy 80’s comedy that can sometimes feel a bit one note. Yes, the ending is satisfying and mostly makes up for any lulls in the unnecessarily long 110 minute runtime, but there’s a lot of repetition here.

Luckily, the cast more than makes up any shortcomings. Steve Martin and Michael Caine seem an unlikely duo, but they have great chemistry together. Caine excels as the suave straight laced Lawrence while Martin obviously has the showier (and funnier) role as Freddy. Martin really shines when he gets to take on different personas with outlandish backstories (namely Ruprecht). Not to be forgotten here is the late great and underrated Glenne Headly as Janet. On the surface it may seem like a simple role, but, as you know (or will know), the character is not as she seems.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The new 2K scan gives the film a quality transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A lively 5.1 track that does the job.

Extras:
* An interview with one of the three writers Dale Launer.
* A trailer and teaser trailer for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Optional commentary on the teaser by Frank Oz.
* A nearly 7 minute vintage featurette.
* A solo commentary by director Frank Oz.

February 23, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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