10 (1979)

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Released 10-Aug-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1979
Running Time 117:19
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Blake Edwards
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Dudley Moore
Julie Andrews
Bo Derek
Robert Webber
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Henry Mancini


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Italian
Dutch
Arabic
Spanish
Portuguese
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes, just slightly
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    One of the problems with seeing 10 for the first time is that all of the spoofs of "that" scene inevitably intrudes upon the mood whilst viewing this movie. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed watching this gentle, somewhat slow-paced comedy about a 42 year old man, George Webber (Dudley Moore), his fed-up girlfriend, Samantha (Julie Andrews) and the object of his mid-life crisis, Jenny (Bo Derek).

    George is 42, a composer, and he has reached a crisis in his life. One day, he drives past a wedding car and spots Jenny on the way to her wedding. He is immediately smitten with her, and thus begins an obsessive chase after her. As George finds out, however, fantasy does not often equate with reality.

    This movie is very typically Blake Edwards, who wrote and directed. Gently paced, with dashes of wit and loads of pathos, we wallow in George's wretchedness throughout the course of the movie. There are no belly laughs here, but there are plenty of wry chuckles and subtle digs. The movie would have been better trimmed a little leaner, but all-in-all it was a pleasant enough way to while away 2 hours.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This movie was released in 1979, and the quality of the transfer reflects this. It is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    This transfer is sharp in places and soft in other places. Generally, the well-lit scenes are presented very well, but the sharpness falls off during the darker scenes. Shadow detail is poor, with large portions of the detail in darker scenes being crushed into black. Low level noise rarely intrudes, but it can be seen at times.

    The colours were variably rendered, in the typical fashion of movies of this era. Daylight scenes were vibrant and strongly coloured. Dark scenes were oversaturated with extremely strong reds and oranges. It may pay to back off a little on the colour saturation level whilst watching this DVD.

    MPEG artefacts were rarely seen in some of the darker backgrounds, mainly consisting of very slight macro-blocking, but you really had to be looking hard to see these. Film to video artefacts consisted of quite considerable aliasing during camera pans, particularly in scenes involving grass, cars or trees. This was occasionally distracting. Film artefacts were variably present, and frequently came in quite considerable bursts which would then settle down for a time. They consisted mainly of quite visible white flecks, though there were several blue scratches briefly seen during the movie.

Audio

    There are three audio tracks on this DVD - English, French and Italian, all Dolby Digital 1.0. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 1.0 soundtrack.

    The soundtrack is the typical compressed mono soundtrack of movies of this era - no restoration appears to have been done to this soundtrack.

    Dialogue was easy enough to understand despite the limited high-frequency response of the soundtrack.

    There were no audio sync problems. Of particular note is that fact that it appeared as if Dudley Moore did all his own piano playing, since this aspect of the movie is flawless.

    The score by Henry Mancini suits the overall mood of the movie nicely - "elevator music" as it is referred to in the movie.

    No use was made of the surround channels or the subwoofer.

Extras

    This disc has no extras.

Menu

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;     There is nothing truly compelling here to prefer one version over the other, though we do miss out on a bit.

Summary

    10 is a bitter-sweet comedy, and I enjoyed it - it may only be worth a rental, however.

    The video quality is passable for the age of the movie, though oversaturation and film artefacts are problematic at times.

    The audio quality is unremarkable.

    The extras are non-existent.

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© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Friday, January 07, 2000
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