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Overall Package

   Just in time for the festive season, the three Look Who's Talking films are being released in a two-disc box set. This set contains the original Look Who's Talking on one disc, and Look Who's Talking Too and Look Who's Talking Now on one single dual-sided disc. The first film is identical to the earlier release.

    The set has a retail price of $44.95, which equates to less than $15 for each film. You should be able to easily pick this up for less than $40 which makes it a great stocking stuffer present for fans of any of the films this Christmas.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Look Who's Talking (1989)

Look Who's Talking (1989)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Biographies-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1989
Running Time 91:58
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Amy Heckerling
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring John Travolta
Kirstie Alley
Olympia Dukakis
George Segal
Abe Vigoda
Bruce Willis
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $34.95 Music David Kitay


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/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
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes, very briefly
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    "Oh no, not another movie with a talking baby!!" Well, this was my first thought when I sat down to watch this movie. It had been some time since I had seen it last, and I was quite unprepared to enjoy it as much as I did! Well, this should not be too much of a surprise given that this was really the first movie to have talking babies, and is far and away the best. This movie works because it is not forced; the focus of the movie is not really the baby, but Kirstie Alley and her attempts to secure a stable, educated and wealthy father for her new child. She ends up with someone who has none of these qualities, but who loves her and her child. I wonder if John Travolta really knew what lay ahead for him in the five or so years after making Look Who's Talking? Probably not, but this movie must have helped him on his way in a small way.

    Bruce Willis is perfectly cast as the adult, only slightly cynical voice of Mikey, the baby. He really is restrained in this movie by comparison with his normal smart-alec, wise-cracking roles, and he carries the movie along nicely.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This transfer is a little old and tired in places, but on the whole is quite good.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced. This differs only slightly from the theatrical aspect ratio, and as expected I noticed no problems as a result of this.

    The movie is now ten years old, and the image is definitely on the soft side. Comparing it with contemporary transfers shows it to have a little less detail, though it does have a very film-like appearance as a result of anamorphic enhancement. Shadow detail was surprisingly good, and there was a lack of low-level noise. Film grain was very slight but was apparent, giving the movie a slightly dated look.

    Colours were quite nicely rendered, being well balanced if only ever-so-slightly undersaturated as evidenced by pale skin tones. There was a slight improvement from the beginning of the picture to about 20 minutes in, where the colour saturation improved somewhat.

    There were no significant MPEG artefacts. There were no film-to-video artefacts to speak of - very little in the way of aliasing. Film artefacts on the other hand were rife for the first ten or so minutes, which usually happens with poorly preserved film reels, but settled down afterwards. These artefacts consisted of scratches to the print, marks, dust etc.

Audio

    There are five soundtracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. I listened to the default English soundtrack.

    Dialogue was at all times very clear and easy to understand; the soundtrack was excellent in this regard.

    There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.

    The audio score was unremarkable, and was really only fill in between some classic pop songs of the (late) eighties and earlier, which were great! There is some good music on this disc, and it is always nice to revisit some forgotten songs and think "wow, is that song really that old!" The music is fairly well recorded, with the only main complaint being a distinct lack of stereo separation. Whilst foley and ambience effects are well placed, the music has a very centred feel, which of course is not helped by it not being 5.1; 2.0 surround does tend to reduce stereo separation.

    Surround presence is quite effective at times, especially when outdoors. Whilst it is not by any means aggressive, it does fill the room nicely when called upon and creates a real sense of presence to certain scenes.

    The subwoofer was used sparingly with the music, but that was about all.

Extras

Menu

    The static menu design is themed, although with no audio or animation enhancement. It is very clear and easy to navigate.

Filmographies - Cast & Crew

R4 vs R1

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    The R1 version misses out on:     The R4 version misses out on:     Hmmm. Unless you really like theatrical trailers or have a need to chop the sides of the image off, the R4 would be the version of choice given the inherent superiority of the PAL video system.

Summary

    An enjoyable, light-hearted movie.

    The video quality is acceptable, though not great.

    The audio is ordinary.

    No extras really.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Cordingley (bio)
Thursday, December 30, 1999
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Look Who's Talking Too (1990)

Look Who's Talking Too (1990)

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General Extras
Category Comedy Trailer-Look Who's Talking Now, Stuart Little, Hook
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 77:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Amy Heckerling
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring John Travolta
Kirstie Alley
Olympia Dukakis
Elias Koteas
Twink Caplan
Bruce Willis
Roseanne
Damon Wayans
Gilbert Gottfried
Mel Brooks
Lorne Sussman
Megan Milner
Georgia Keithley
Case ?
RPI $44.95 Music Billy Idol
David Kitay


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
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Arabic
Bulgarian
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, Quick gag with the two kids

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Plot Synopsis

    When you are on a good thing, make a sequel. As a result of the success of 1989's Look Who's Talking, a harmless comedy from director Amy Heckerling about a talking baby, we got the second offering Look Who's Talking Too just a year later. The original starred a man whose career was technically floundering at the time, John Travolta teaming up with Kirstie Alley as the bumbling adults awaiting the arrival of young Mikey (voiced by Bruce Willis). That film offered some charm and a few decent laughs, with most of the humour derived from toddler toilet humour as we, the viewer, became privy to the 'thoughts' of the baby unleashed upon the big bad world for the first time. Unfortunately the sequel simply reprises much of the same humour which, at the end of the day, falls pretty flat.

    Since the last film ended, part-time pilot instructor and taxi driver James (Travolta) has moved in with Mollie (Kirstie Alley) and are raising their son Mikey (voiced again by Bruce Willis). The couple quickly conceive another child and it's the arrival of this bundle of joy, Julie (badly voiced by Roseanne Barr), that provides the main thrust of the story. James and Mollie have been having difficulty in their relationship, further exasperated by the arrival at their home of Mollie's good-for-nothing brother Stuart (Elias Koteas). This tension culminates in James moving out and not seeing the kids very often. Meanwhile, Mikey has taken it upon himself to induct Julie into the ways of kids and the household, in between learning new things for himself such as potty training.

    It's a fairly predictable story that has many of the predictable gags that we saw in the first film and laughed at then, but now seem just a little tired. Willis seems to have some fun with the role of Mikey, but Barr is really all at sea with the voice of the infant Julie. You almost cringe a couple of time, especially when the youngster is about to chuck a tantrum. She is really not switched on to this role at all and it really does just sound like she is merely reading from a script in a studio.

    Much like the earlier film, the funniest part of this one is the opening credits sequence. The same scene of rampant sperm on their way to fertilise the unsuspecting egg and the amusing conversation that occurs along the way is without a doubt the highlight of an otherwise tired film.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Overall this is a fairly ordinary video presentation, hovering really only just above acceptable standards much of the way through.

    Presented in an aspect of 1.78:1 it is also 16x9 enhanced. The original theatrical aspect was 1.85:1 so this is pretty close.

    Sharpness varies greatly. It drops to quite alarming levels on some of the interior scenes that are particularly poorly lit. Most of the scenes in the children's play areas and exterior shots are quite good. Thankfully there is no major edge enhancement present. Grain is present most of the time and is especially noticeable on the background walls in the interior shots, but this is really not that bothersome.

    The colours are not what I'd call vibrant or highly saturated. They are fairly bland and wishy-washy most of the time, so much so that you really feel like you are watching a late 1980s television show. There is little chance of colour bleeding or oversaturation with this transfer, though thankfully skins tones look natural enough to not cause any concern.

    There were no apparent MPEG artefacts, and the image really isn't sharp enough for problems such as aliasing to be a concern. There are quite a few smaller film artefacts pretty much constantly evident throughout, and a general look of print grime is also fairly obvious. Take a look at 20:05-20:08 for probably the worst case of dirt and general artefacts.

    There are numerous subtitles present. The English were the only ones I viewed and they appeared to have no major problems, apart from the odd word or two being left out.

    This is a single layered disc only so there is no layer change with which to contend.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    If the video is fairly dull the audio is really uninspiring. Overall it is a pretty lacklustre audio presentation.

    The audio has a flatness to it that seldom sees it spring to life to any great extent. All of the dialogue and most of the additional sounds come through the centre speaker, with little left/right separation and basically no surround use of any note.

    There are five Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround tracks present. These are German, French, Italian, Spanish, and of course English. I listened to the English track and verified the presence of the others.

    Dialogue is clear enough, but is still hampered by the general lack of fidelity. It dominates through the centre channel. There are no apparent audio sync problems.

    The musical score is by David Kitay. It's fairly typical of the genre. Some of the songs used in the film are excellent, including the classic Jealous Guy by John Lennon.

    There is essentially no surround channel use. Likewise for the subwoofer.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Trailer

    Three bonus trailers for other Columbia Tristar titles. Featured here are Look Who's Talking Now, Hook, and Stuart Little.

R4 vs R1

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

    Apart from a minor difference in the trailer content, the only other difference between the Region 1 and 4 versions is the soundtracks available.

    The Region 4 disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 disc misses out on;

    Unless the soundtrack options are important to you, there is nothing to sway me in favour of either disc. I'll declare it a draw.

Summary

    Look Who's Talking Too continues with pretty much the same plot and the same jokes as its mildly more humorous predecessor. As a result it is a mere pale imitation of the original.

    The video quality is average, slightly grubby at times with a little loss of focus on occasions.

    The audio is fairly flat and lifeless.

    There are effectively no extras.

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
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Look Who's Talking Now (1993)

Look Who's Talking Now (1993)

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General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Stuart Little
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1993
Running Time 91:10
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Tom Ropelewski
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring John Travolta
Kirstie Alley
David Gallagher
Tabitha Lupien
Lysette Anthony
Olympia Dukakis
Danny DeVito
Diane Keaton
George Segal
Charles Barkley
John Stocker
Elizabeth Leslie
Caroline Elliott
Case ?
RPI $44.95 Music William Ross


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
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Arabic
Bulgarian
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Look Who's Talking Now is the third film in the Look Who's Talking trilogy. What do you do when the kids that provided much of the laughter from the first two films have grown old enough to speak for themselves and no longer require the sarcastic wit of Bruce Willis to communicate? Well, there's always the pets!

    James (John Travolta) and Mollie (Kirstie Alley) return for this, the final instalment (well, hopefully the final instalment). A few years have moved on since we last left the family which had just welcomed the latest addition to the household, the baby Julie. Both kids, Mikey (David Gallagher) and Julie (Tabitha Lupien) are old enough now to hold their own conversations, and with Christmas approaching, there is plenty of discussion in the Ubriacco household. Mikey has been asking for a dog for some time now, and when he begins to wonder that Santa may in fact not be real, James decides to take the drastic step of letting him have a dog as a means to take his mind off that most horrendous of kiddie questions. The boys head off to the pound to select a new pup, and with fate lending a hand, come home with a scruffy mongrel named Rocks (voiced by Danny DeVito). Of course, things don't quite go as planned, and when James' new boss Samantha (Lysette Anthony) decides the family could use some cheering up, especially after Mollie is sacked just before Christmas, the results are disastrous. Samantha off-loads her pampered pet poodle Daphne (voiced by Dianne Keaton) on the family. Suffice it to say the two dogs don't quite get along, having been bred on completely different sides of the tracks. And Samantha isn't just being nice for the sake of it - she has a plan and it rather intimately involves James.

    The President of her company, Samantha is continuing her seduction of her new company pilot...James. Coming up with some scheming idea that she needs him to fly to the country with her on Christmas Eve, the trap is set for James to fall into. Of course, Mollie the ever-vigilant wife, is completely aware of what is going on, and packs the kids into the car and heads off into the chill frost of Christmas Eve night to rescue her husband from the clutches of the sensual blonde boss.

    That just mentioned plot is really only a sideshow to the main thrust of the story, which is of course the laughs which occur as a result of the two talking dogs. There are some fun moments and a couple of really amusing lines, which I think you need to be a dog owner to understand, but overall the gags are pretty lame and the laughs few and far between. The kids will probably love it, but I certainly found this far less amusing than the first film and perhaps even less funny than the second offering - and that's saying something.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Since this is the newest film in the series I was hoping for a much improved look to the transfer and this one didn't let me down. Overall it is far sharper and cleaner than either of the earlier two films.

    Presented in the slightly modified aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the transfer also features 16x9 enhancement. The original aspect ratio was 1.85:1.

    The transfer is sharper than average. It still won't knock your socks off by any stretch, but it will suffice. Shadow detail is excellent and thankfully the level of grain never intrudes upon the image. There is no low level noise.

    Colours are moderately saturated without resorting to that vibrant bold look. More of a consistent and familiar television style is perhaps the best way to describe them. Skin tones are spot on and black levels are never compromised with tinges of grey or blue.

    There were no apparent MPEG artefacts, and the image doesn't suffer from any aliasing type problems. There are also few film artefacts, which is always pleasing.

    There are numerous subtitles present. The English were the only ones I viewed and they appeared to have no major problems, apart from the odd word or two being left out.

    This is a single layered disc only so there is no layer change with which to contend.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    Like the video, there is nothing startling about the audio quality here, but it is again a vast improvement on the earlier two films, especially Look Who's Talking Too which had quite a disappointing soundtrack.

    There are five Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo surround tracks present. These are German, French, Italian, Spanish, and of course English. I listened to the English track and verified the presence of the others.

    Dialogue is consistent and well represented in what is a dialogue heavy soundtrack (even the dogs talk remember!). Audio sync for the human characters is spot on, but it is a little difficult to measure with the talking dogs.

    The music featured in this film is not as much fun as the earlier two films. Less songs are used and the score is much like any kids action feature. Unfortunately it is set around Christmas time, so there are plenty of clichéd Christmas songs and carols.

    There is effectively no surround channel use. Likewise the subwoofer was pretty much silent throughout the whole film.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Theatrical Trailer

    A 2:20 trailer, presented full screen, it focuses on the talking dog aspect of the film. Quite funny at times and doesn't spoil too much of the wafer-thin plot.

Trailer

    A bonus trailer for Stuart Little.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title has been available for some time in Region 1, but is only presented with a full screen pan & scan video transfer. There is a new version set to be released in December 2003, but I have not been able to confirm any details of this at the time of writing.

    At present it is a clear win to Region 4.

Summary

    Look Who's Talking Now is basically taking a now well-worn idea and stretching it as far as it can go. Others may call that milking something for all it's worth, but I really think they extracted all the milk in the second film!

    The video is certainly better than either of the first two films, but is still nothing spectacular.

    The audio is functional, being pretty much what you can expect for a kids film.

    There are virtually no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Monday, December 01, 2003
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