Nine to Five (1980)

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Released 7-Apr-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating ?
Year Of Production 1980
Running Time 104:54
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Colins Higgins

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Jane Fonda
Lily Tomlin
Dolly Parton
Dabney Coleman
Elizabeth Wilson
Sterling Hayden
Case ?
RPI $26.95 Music Charles Fox

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian Titling
Spanish Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

There are people who seem to believe that we must judge all movies in the same way. These same people look down on movies like this one as a waste of time, or worse. Let's hope they have turned up their noses at this one and gone on to read a review of something they approve of, because I have to say I kinda like this movie. Yes, it's silly. Yes, it's got a couple of huge holes in the plot, and yes, it's more than a little dated today, but it is fun.

This film is about three women who work in an office. It's a kind of office that really doesn't exist today, but that doesn't matter. They work for an executive called Mr Hart (Dabney Coleman) who would be drawn and quartered by the Equal Opportunities people if they got half a chance. He's a sexist, prejudiced, immoral adulterer, and that's on a good day. The three women upon whom we're focussed are his secretary, Doralee (Dolly Parton), the senior supervisor reporting to him, Violet (Lily Tomlin), and the "new girl", Judy (Jane Fonda). The first half of the film is spent setting up the situation, making it clear how unpleasant this man is, and how put-upon the women are. (Bear in mind that the film was made in 1980 they probably wouldn't feel quite as great a need to set things up today.) The second half of the film is mostly about revenge - how he gets his comeuppance. It's a fairly silly chain of events, but they manage to keep us believing (barely) almost to the end (cue the enormous plot hole...).

The film does hit a couple of sour notes, the most blatant of which is the slapstick scene in the photocopying room, which plays more like Candid Camera than anything else. I'm not sure why it was included, but it does undermine their (limited) credibility at putting their claim to the moral high ground.

Do not think for one moment that this is a film with deep meaning, even if it is about social inequities. This is a film made to entertain, and it does a decent job of it.

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Transfer Quality


This DVD is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced. That's the original theatrical aspect ratio.

The picture is softish, but clear enough to enjoy. Shadow detail is reasonable. There is a mix of low-level noise and light film grain throughout always present, but mostly not so bad as to detract badly from the picture. The low-level noise is especially noticeable around 85:49, while the grain is fairly bad around 59:31.

Colour is adequately rendered, but a little dull. There are no colour-related artefacts.

There are lots of small film artefacts, but nothing huge. There is a lot of minor aliasing, especially on a checked jacket and some of the furnishings. There are no MPEG artefacts.

There are subtitles in English, Italian and Spanish, plus English for the Hearing Impaired. I only watched the English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles, and they are quite good well timed, fairly accurate, and clearly legible.

The disc is single sided (with a nice picture label), and single layered. There's not enough content to stretch the single layer, so that's no problem.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


The soundtrack is provided in English, Italian, and Spanish. I only listened to the English soundtrack, which is Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, although it isn't obvious why they bothered with the encoding. There's clear stereo imaging, though.

The dialogue is easy enough to understand, although more than a few lines are obviously ADRed, sounding distinctly different in ambience. Even so, there are no obvious audio sync problems.

The score, which is not very original, comes from Charles Fox. The theme song, played at the start and end of the film, is (unsurprisingly) credited to Dolly Parton, and was apparently written for the film.

The surround speakers aren't noticeable there's nothing obvious routed to the rear. The subwoofer gets nothing to do from this soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


The only extra is a trailer.


The menu is static and silent, but well themed to the movie.

Trailer (1:36)

The trailer is cute, presented at 1.33:1 with a voice-over that distorts the story somewhat.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

As far as I can ascertain, the Region 1 disc is pretty much identical to this one, save that it is NTSC and this one is PAL.


Nine To Five is a silly, but entertaining, movie given a mediocre transfer to DVD.

The video quality is not too good.

The audio quality is reasonable.

The extras are negligible.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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