Summer Rental (1985)

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Released 12-Nov-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1985
Running Time 83:19 (Case: 85)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Subtitle Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Carl Reiner
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring John Candy
Rip Torn
Richard Crenna
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music Alan Silvestri


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
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
Slovenian
French
German
Swedish
Danish
Norwegian
Finnish
Dutch
Bulgarian
Icelandic
Portuguese
Hebrew
Greek
Croatian
Arabic
Turkish
Polish
Italian
Spanish
Romanian
Czech
Hungarian
Serbian
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Summer Rental is an amiable comedy from the mid-eighties starring the ever-loveable John Candy. Candy plays Jack Chester, a bumbler who takes his family on vacation to the beach only to fall foul of local business tycoon Al Pellet, played with glee by Richard Crenna. Pellet humiliates Jack in front of his family, so it is up to Jack to prove his worth in the eyes of his loved ones.

    There is something wholesome about John Candy and there is no denying that he was a great comic talent. Summer Rental shows Candy at his best, with him being both funny and endearing. His untimely death was a great loss and his comedy stylings are sorely missed.

    The film itself is pretty good, and although not gut-bustingly funny did manage to constantly bring a smile to this reviewer's face. The rest of the cast support the big guy nicely and the direction by legendary comic Carl Reiner is more than adequate.

    Summer Rental is good-natured comedy for the whole family.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Summer Rental is presented in the film's original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    Picture sharpness is reasonable - only occasionally did I notice the odd soft image. There are no aliasing or edge enhancement issues. Shadow detail is a problem, however. There is a real lack of depth to the picture which becomes a problem during distance shots, resulting in a lack of detail for individuals and objects.

    Grain is apparent on occasion, but is mostly absent. The only notable exception occurs at the 69 minute mark and lasts only a few seconds. There are no low level noise problems.

    Colours are natural and make use of the film's location work to good effect.

    There are occasional film artefacts, but they are not distracting.

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Audio

    We are presented with five audio tracks in Dolby Digital 2.0 surround format. The tracks are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. The English track is reviewed here.

    Dialogue is always clear and there are no obvious audio sync hiccoughs.

    The film's music by Alan Silvestri is fairly non-descript and does not intrude.

    Surround channel usage is minimal, and other than the film's score I could detect no activity in the directional fields. Mind you, this film does not cry out for a dynamic mix.

    The subwoofer adds the requisite bass where required.

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Extras

Theatrical Trailer

    Standard non-anamorphic trailer.

R4 vs R1

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

    All versions of this DVD currently available are essentially the same.

Summary

    Summer Rental is a feel-good family comedy that showcases the talents of the late John Candy to good effect. The disc is bare bones, but does have a reasonable audio and visual presentation.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Friday, October 10, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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