What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Main Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Barbra Streisand - scene specific commentary
Audio Commentary-Peter Bogdanovich (Director)
Featurette-"Screwball Comedies...Remember Them?"
|Year Of Production||1972|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (46:05)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Peter Bogdanovich|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Judy (Barbra Streisand) is a con artist and a walking accident zone. She is also feisty and knows exactly what she wants. She wanders into a hotel lobby one morning and sets her eyes on Howard (Ryan O’Neal), a musicologist in San Francisco for a conference with his fiancé Eunice (Madeline Kahn). Howard has with him a bag of rocks with musical properties. However, this bag is also identical to another bag full of jewels and another bag containing top secret documents brought by other patrons to the same hotel. When Judy makes the moves on Howard, he initially refuses, but Judy just doubles her efforts. Of course, at the same time, the bags all get mixed up, and we have master criminals and intelligence operatives running back and forth on the 17th floor trying to get the right bag back while Howard tries to keep Judy from his fiancé Eunice and Judy tries to keep Eunice from Howard while she is with him. This all culminates in a rather amusing party scene and a chase through San Francisco.
What’s Up Doc? is exactly as the promotions people say – a screwball comedy. It’s silly, quirky, totally implausible, but lots of fun in a classic Jerry Lewis kind of way (although nobody could be Jerry other than Jerry). Streisand manages to put in a very amusing performance as the young Judy, but her co-star O’Neal is not as good and she tends to overshadow him a little.
Still, if you take this for what it is, you should get a good time out of it, and that’s exactly what director Peter Bogdanovich intended.
Presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, this is very close to the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
For a print this old, this is an exceptional remastering. Colour is rich and vibrant in a way that so many films of the era are not. It positively glows off the screen. Given that this is such a colourful film, this is important.
The picture is a touch grainy in the background, which merely indicates its age, and the whole thing has a bit of a softness to it, suggesting that it was filmed with a slight filter.
There were no MPEG artefacts that I could see, but there were a couple of film-to-video artefacts, such as moire on the grille plates on the fronts of cars, and more moire on Howard’s loud pinstripe suit when he turns it to the camera at certain angles. There was the faintest of aliasing here and there but nothing worth making note of.
As far as film artefacts go, this picture is incredibly clean given its age. There are the odd specks of dirt but nothing distracting like a line down the middle of the screen.
Subtitles are available in English, English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Arabic, and Dutch. They are white with a black border.
The dual layer pause it is at 46:05 during a fade out and is well camouflaged.
All audio tracks are in 1.0 Dolby Mono. They come in English, French, German and Italian. There was little discernible quality variance between any of the tracks.
As for the original English track itself, dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, and I noticed no overt audio sync problems.
The tone of the track is a little ‘hissy’ overall, but it has a decent range for what it is. The musical score by Artie Butler is well rendered.
Other than that, this is a monaural experience with no surround information and no subwoofer use. Use your amplifier to listen to the audio in 2.0 Dolby Mono for a slightly better effect.
|Surround Channel Use|
All menus are in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are 16x9 enhanced. The main menu has the theme from the film playing in 2.0 Dolby Stereo.
Presented in 2.0 Dolby Surround, this is a fairly broken up commentary as if Streisand did not have much to say. The disc automatically skips to the next scene she is commentating on, but you cannot fast-forward during those long patches of silence which is a little irritating.
Also presented in 2.0 Dolby Surround, this commentary is far more interesting, Bogdanovich being a livelier commentator and being far more in the know than Streisand on the making of this film. He rarely shuts up and has many good anecdotes about what went on while on set.
Presented in 1.33:1, 2.0 Dolby Mono, this is a documentary made at the time, on set, which has a few laughs and gags and some interjections by the cast and crew. Whilst not very structured, it is still amusing enough.
Presented in 1.78:1, 2.0 Dolby Mono, this trailer is practically a making of doco in its own right. Whilst not much in the way of promotional material, it is still worth a look.
A still frame listing the awards this film received.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
As far as I can tell, the R1 version is largely identical barring the NTSC/PAL format difference and the region coding.
What’s Up Doc? is a classic screwball comedy. While certainly not in the league of The Party or It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, it still remains good for a chuckle and a bit of enjoyment on a Sunday afternoon.
The video is exceptionally good for a film this old.
I would have preferred a 2.0 Dolby Mono track rather than a 1.0 Mono track as it would save me switching my amplifier back and forth between modes.
The extras were pretty good, especially the director’s commentary.
|DVD||Panasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using S-Video output|
|Display||Beko 28" (16x9). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver.|
|Speakers||Energy - Front, Rear, Centre & Subwoofer|