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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Johnny Dangerously (1984)

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Released 24-Jan-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1984
Running Time 90
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Amy Heckerling

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Michael Keaton
Joe Piscopo
Marilu Henner
Maureen Stapleton
Peter Boyle
Griffin Dunne
Glynnis O'Connor
Dom DeLuise
Richard Dimitri
Danny DeVito
Ron Carey
Ray Walston
Dick Butkus
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music John Morris
'Weird Al' Yankovic

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 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Dutch
English for the Hearing Impaired
French Titling
German Titling
Italian Titling
Spanish Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   Amy Heckerling (Clueless) directs this extremely funny comedy homage to 1930s gangster films. Michael Keaton stars as the title character, a young man forced into a life of crime in order to pay for his mother's ongoing medical needs.

    Johnny Dangerously is a clever, witty, well-acted film that does for gangster films what The Naked Gun did for Police Dramas.

    Michael Keaton has an absolute talent for comedy, and it was this talent that propelled him to stardom in the early 1980s. Keaton is a delight to watch as the gangster with a heart of gold and he is more than ably supported by a stellar supporting cast that includes Danny Devito, Griffin Dunne, Peter Boyle, Maureen Stapleton, Malilu Henner and Joe Piscopo. Director Heckerling throws countless gags at the screen and the hit to miss ratio is unusually high. Of special note is any sequence featuring rival mobster Maroni, played by Richard Dimitri. His mispronunciation of the English language is a show-stopper. As a reviewer, I have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful little film to all those who care to listen.

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Transfer Quality


    Johnny Dangerously 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.

    Grain is apparent on occasion, but is mostly absent. There are no low level noise problems.

    Colours are natural and make use of the film's time period to good effect.

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

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


    Five audio tracks are on offer, all presented as Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The English track is reviewed here.

    Dialogue is always clear and there are no audio sync problems.

    The score by John Morris captures the feel of the era and has the occasional nod to classic scores of the genre.

    There is little surround channel usage to be heard, with most of the sound located centrally. The film relies mostly on dialogue and does not require a lot of directional effects.

    The subwoofer supports the soundtrack suitably, but could do with a little extra bass to enhance the more vigorous moments.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     There are no extras.

R4 vs R1

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

   All versions currently available are identical.


  Johnny Dangerously is a comedy gem from 1984 that relies on wit in favour of gross-out gags, so popular in comedies of late. The disc has a reasonable transfer with no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component 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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