Green Card (1990)

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Released 10-Feb-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Theatrical Trailer
Interviews-Cast & Crew- Peter Weir (Director) and Gerard Depardieu
Featurette-Interview With Cast And Crew
Trailer-The Cars That Ate Paris, The Plumber
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 102:32
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Peter Weir

Umbrella Entertainment
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Andie MacDowell
Bebe Neuwirth
Gregg Edelman
Robert Prosky
Jessie Keosian
Ethan Phillips
Mary Louise Wilson
Lois Smith
Conrad McLaren
Ronald Guttman
Danny Dennis
Stephen Pearlman
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Hans Zimmer

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/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 None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I know there are some that do not like this particular film, as they regard it as formulaic and in some places not well acted. I have to disagree with these people. Yes, the basic storyline has been covered in many forms quite a few times before: princess/upper class girl slowly falls in love with strong man that just happens to be a peasant/lower class chap. There is also usually a wimpy upper class man that is supposed to be the correct match for the girl.

    This particular version I think is done very well. Gerard Depardieu plays his part very well (no surprise, as it was written for him). Depardieu has been in some great films in the past - the highlight of his career for me is his brilliant portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac. Matched against Andie MacDowell this is unashamedly a feel-good film, a romantic comedy with the main parts both played by good solid comedic actors.

    Georges (Gerard Depardieu) is an illegal alien in the United States. One way to gain the coveted 'green card' that will allow him to get employment in the US and make a living is to get married. Bronte (Andie MacDowell) requires a husband to be eligible for a particularly nice apartment. It would appear that the rental market is particularly tight and this particular apartment has a wonderful atrium full of plants, one of the loves of Bronte's life. This seems to be a match made if not in heaven at least in convenience. The problem arises when the immigration department suspects that this marriage may not be for love but for immigration purposes. This brings the two married strangers back together, as they must pass a marriage test, one that probes into every corner of their lives together. While they are learning everything about each other they begin to see past their first impressions and start to fall in love.

    While Bronte's character is a little shallow this is probably intentional, reflecting the lack of depth in her life. Georges has a rich and interesting history that is interesting as it is revealed. The comedy is good and arises from the situation that both characters find themselves in. It is handled well by both leads.

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Transfer Quality


     Overall this is not a bad transfer.

    The film is presented at its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image could be sharper and evidences some softness throughout the film. Shadow detail is good and there is little low level noise. There is a slight drabness to the transfer, both in contrast and in colour saturation.

    Colours are clear of any noise but are not particularly bright.

    There are no obvious MPEG artefacts visible in the image. There is some visible grain and the occasional white fleck but nothing major.

    Unfortunately, there are no subtitles on this disc.

    This is an RSDL disc but there is no layer change during the main feature. I assume that the movie is all on one layer and the special features on the other.

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


     There is a single English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack on this disc.

    Both dialogue quality and audio sync are good.

    The music sound stage has been expanded by using the surrounds but there is little other activity present in the surround channels.

    There is little for the subwoofer to do in this film.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     I think there has been a small mastering error on this disc. The menu entries for the two featurettes have been reversed.


    A nice 16x9 menu with a static image surrounding a moving montage of images from the film, accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Theatrical Trailer (2:15)

    Presented at 1.33:1 they have saved a few bytes in the encoding of this trailer which, along with a questionable source master leaves us with a picture that is less than the best. There are the usual film artefacts including some quite large pieces of dust as well as encoding problems such as pixelization and blurred scene changes. The trailer itself is a fair representation of the film, and although I am not a particular fan of trailers that play clips out of order from the film it works reasonably well in this case.

Interview featurette with cast and crew (8:23)

    The usual pay TV extended trailer intercutting short interviews with footage from the film along with a voiceover talking about the film. There are some interesting sections during the interviews. Of about the same quality as the trailer though there are less film artefacts.

Interview with director and Depardieu (12:34)

    A more in-depth talk about the film. Depardieu's English is a little shaky, highlighting the fact that this was his first English language film. Better quality video than the previous features.

Umbrella Propaganda

    Consists of two film trailers. The Cars That Ate Paris (3:28) is presented letterboxed at 1.85:1 and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. This clip is in poor condition with a lot of film artefacts. The second trailer is for The Plumber (2:20), presented at 1.33:1 and also accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. In better condition that the first clip but still showing its age.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on:

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on:

    This gives us a clear R4 winner.


    A great film to grab when you and your partner wish to snuggle up on the couch and have a quiet evening at home.

    The video is good.

    The audio is good.

    The extras are a nice inclusion.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Terry McCracken (read my bio)
Saturday, November 12, 2005
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