Other People's Money (1991)

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Released 11-May-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 103:38
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Norman Jewison
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Danny DeVito
Gregory Peck
Penelope Ann Miller
Piper Laurie
Dean Jones
R.D. Call
Mo Gaffney
Bette Henritze
Tom Aldredge
Leila Kenzle
Cullen O. Johnson
William De Acutis
David Wells
Case ?
RPI $12.95 Music David Newman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English 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
French
Italian
Dutch
Bulgarian
English 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

Other People's Money is another tale of corporate America but the 1991 drama/romantic comedy is a much lighter film in comparison to its much more scathing counterparts, such as Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987). Starring Danny DeVito, Penelope Ann Miller and Gregory Peck, the production is based on a play by Jerry Sterner, directed by Norman Jewison and written by Alvin Sargent.

Much of the film's amiability is attributed to the diminutive Danny DeVito who shines in the role as his onscreen character becomes to be known as Larry the Liquidator to his corporate victims. Larry Garfield is a character who is arrogant, greedy, egotistical and ruthless and yet still quite commendable as DeVito plays the character as a person rather than a stereotypical greedy tycoon.

Larry Garfield loves money, especially other people's money, and he sets his eyes on Andrew Jorgenson's (Gregory Peck) family business New England Wire and Cable, a company which was founded by his father and is Jorgenson's source of pride. Garfield arrogantly tells Jorgenson that the business is dead and he intends to take over the business. Desperate Jorgenson asks his stepdaughter Kate Sullivan (Penelope Ann Miller), a successful lawyer, for help despite their sordid relationship. She agrees to help save the business and finds herself in a cat-and-mouse game with Garfield . To further complicate things, Garfield seems to take a shine to Sullivan that rivals his love of money. Is it possible for Garfield to give up his love of money for Kate?

Gregory Peck's presence within the cast is wonderful and Penelope Ann Miller is also great as a woman who loves her job and finds herself drawn to the enemy. Piper Laurie, Dean Jones and R.D. Call are also given great supporting roles and excel in their performances as characters affected by the impending situation that may force Andrew Jorgenson out of his own company. All round this is another great film from Norman Jewison with a great performance from Danny DeVito.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The title is presented in 1.78:1, a slightly different aspect ratio from its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, however the title is 16x9 enhanced. The transfer is commendable as the film retains its cinematic feel with strong vibrant colours and shadow detail. The transfer suffers from mild visible grain but this does not detract from viewing the film as the picture remains sharp. Overall this is a good transfer of a film almost 15 years old and is free of major flaws. The subtitles are true to the onscreen dialogue and action.

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Audio

The soundtrack is mostly dialogue based which is no surprise as the production is derived from a play. As such the Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is adequate for the title. Surround presence is limited, however dialogue is clear and the New York atmosphere is well presented. David Newman's score is well suited to Garfield's dilemma as it showcases his boisterous personality and emphasises Garfield's growing moral and ethical predicaments with melancholy. Ultimately the soundtrack is well produced in respects to the source material but it does not utilise the surrounds.

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Extras

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 NTSC R1 release includes 2.0 Stereo English and 2.0 Stereo Quebec French audio options with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Summary

An entertaining film, and an average DVD presentation with a budget price tag.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Tuesday, June 13, 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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