Quick Change (1990)

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Released 15-Feb-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 84:54 (Case: 94)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Howard Franklin
Bill Murray

Warner Home Video
Starring Bill Murray
Dale Grand
Bob Elliott
Geena Davis
Randy Quaid
Kimberleigh Aarn
Ron Ryan
Brian McConnachie
Jack Gilpin
Jordan Cael
Rhe DeVille
Marya D. Dornya
Barbara Flynn
Case ?
RPI $9.95 Music Randy Edelman
Howard Shore

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian 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
German for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Quick Change (1990) is an engaging comedy starring Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid as three unlikely bank robbers. The film is based on Jay Cronley's novel of the same title which was originally made as Hold-Up (1985), a French production which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo and Kim Cattrall. Jay Cronleyís novels have been the basis of films such as Funny Farm (1988) which starred Chevy Chase and Let It Ride (1989) starring Richard Dreyfuss.

Bill Murray stars as Grimm who, in an attempt to escape the perils of New York City, decides to rob a bank with the help of his girlfriend Phyllis (Geena Davis) and friend Loomis (Randy Quaid). The daring bank robbery proves successful, but escaping the city with the loot proves a nightmare.

New York City is depicted similarly to the way it is in Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy (1983) and After Hours (1985), a strange place of vulgarity and greed. In the opening scenes of the bank heist, the media surround the area, citizens look on in the hope of seeing bloodshed and the hostages are frivolous. New York City is a double edged sword shown to be loved and loathed by its citizens.

Murray not only starred in the film but also co-produced and co-directed Quick Change (1990) with screenwriter Howard Franklin. Since Murray had this level of control over the production, his sarcastic humour is filtered throughout the film. Geena Davis is well cast against Murray and proves she is a capable, natural comedic performer as she was in Beetle Juice (1988) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). Randy Quaidís Loomis is outlandish, hysterical and constantly anxious. The late Jason Robards plays Chief Rotzinger who desperately needs to catch Grimm in order to restore his respectability as Chief of Police. The film also has an array of cameos including the late Phil Hartman and Tony Shalhoub who is most memorable as the foreign taxi-driver.

Quick Change (1990) is a clever and enjoyable comedy with some memorable one-liners. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality


Quick Change (1990) is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and is 16x9 enhanced.

The transfer is particularly sharp. There is minor grain present in the transfer but nonetheless the picture quality is very good overall, and colour definition is excellent. Skin tones are natural. The average bitrate is consistent at 5.91 Mb/s.

The subtitles are true to the onscreen dialogue.

The layer change occurs between chapters at 40:20.

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


The English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) soundtrack is unremarkable.

Dialogue is clear and audible and there are no issues regarding audio synchronization.

The original score, composed by Randy Edelman and Howard Shore, is upbeat and suits the film very well.

As expected the soundtrack is mostly directed to the front soundstage, and surround and subwoofer usage is limited.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


Main Menu Audio

The Main Menu is a static image of Murray dressed as a clown accompanied by part of the score.

Theatrical Trailer

R4 vs R1

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

The R1 omits German and Italian Soundtracks and does not include a trailer.


An engaging comedy with a vintage Bill Murray.

Standard sound and vision.


Ratings (out of 5)


© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Friday, February 17, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1910, using DVI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS
Speakers(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12

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