Another You (1991)

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Released 13-Oct-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Trailer-28 Days, Mr Deeds, See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 90:34
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (54:21) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Maurice Phillips
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Gene Wilder
Richard Pryor
Mercedes Ruehl
Stephen Lang
Vanessa Williams
Phil Rubenstein
Peter Michael Goetz
Billy Beck
Case Amaray-Transparent-S/C-Dual
RPI Box Music Charles Gross


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)
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 English
French
German
Dutch
Arabic
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Norwegian
Polish
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This was the final film for Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, Maurice Phillips' Another You. The film was released in 1991, four years after Pryor had announced that he had multiple sclerosis, and the effect of the condition is obvious in his scenes, from his frail look to his awkward movement. The film is a play on the old doppelganger theme, whereby Wilder's character (George-a compulsive liar) is mistaken for the heir of a wealthy businessman, Abe Fielding. Pryor plays Eddie Dash, a con man who has to serve 100 hours of community service, and in doing so winds up meeting George who has been set up to become Abe Fielding in a sinister plot to grab the inheritance.

    Unlike See No Evil, Hear No Evil, which was a critical failure, yet a box-office smash, Another You both failed at the box-office and with critics. The reason for this may be due to the failure of the plot and the characterisation, the audience, having become familiar with Pryor and Wilder's previous films, would've struggled to sympathise and identify with their lead roles. Exactly why or how Pryor's character, Eddie ends up with Gloria (played by Vanessa Williams) is never explained, and the likelihood of Wilder's character, George hitching with Elaine (Mercedes Ruehl) is similarly unlikely.

    Another You does have some comic moments, it's just that it's a shame to compare Pryor and Wilder in this film to their work in Stir Crazy.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The film is presented in the Pryor & Wilder - Ultimate Collector's Pack box set on it's own DVD, unlike Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil which was issued on a flipper disc.

    The aspect ratio of Another You is 1:85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen televisions.

    The film has an average bitrate of 8.2 mb/sec so there are no issues with compression on the DVD. The are no macro-blocking compression issues or low level noise evident in darker scenes. Film grain is minimal.

    Colour is neither dull or bright, the presentation is neutral, there is no emphasis on a colour scheme.

    There are many minor MPEG artefacts in the first five minutes of the film. This may have to with the film elements rather than the transfer. Also, peculiarly for a mainstream Hollywood feature there is some poor cinematography at the beginning of the film with some shots out of focus. Film artefacts can be seen at 1:13, 1:32, 4:00, 4:10, 11:29, 11:51, 23:10, 37:33, 76:38, 77:10 and 85:43.

    Subtitle options are similar to the other two films in the box set, with many to choose from and they are clear and white, easy to read.

    The RSDL change occurs at 54:21, during a scene transition.

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Audio

    The three language options, English, French and German are all in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround-encoded tracks are all 192 kbps.

    Dialogue is clear and audio is synchronised.

    The film score by Charles Gross includes many jazz-inspired big band numbers but unfortunately with Andy Summers of The Police included in the movie, it's a shame that he was not included in more scenes.

    Surround Channel Usage mainly comes from the front three speakers during scenes that include background music.

    The Subwoofer is not utilised at all.

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Extras

Trailer

The only extra are three trailers for Mr Deeds with Adam Sandler, 28 Days with Sandra Bullock and Pryor's and Wilder's previous film to Another You, See No Evil, Hear No Evil.

R4 vs R1

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

    Another You has been released in Region 1 in the USA and Region 2 in The Netherlands, Italy, Scandinavia and The United Kingdom. These releases only vary in their language and subtitle options, none of the releases have any more extra features than the Region 4 version.

Summary

    Since 20th Century Fox has the rights to Silver Streak, Pryor and Wilder's first film together, the films in this box set release were always going to be weaker with the addition of Another You and with the unavailability of Silver Streak (Sony Columbia own the film rights to the films in this box set). Nevertheless, Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil make up for this disappointing farewell for Pryor and Wilder as a comic duo team.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Stivaktas (I like my bio)
Friday, July 03, 2009
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