Hanky Panky (1982)

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Released 18-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1982
Running Time 102:58
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Sidney Poitier

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Gene Wilder
Gilda Radner
Kathleen Quinlan
Richard Widmark
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Tom Scott

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)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish 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
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Most people seem to associate Gene Wilder with Mel Brooks films such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Others remember him in The Woman In Red. Well, Hanky Panky was the movie he made prior to that film. He starred alongside Gilda Radner and they eventually fell in love and got married so all the on-screen chemistry is probably real.

    If you can somehow stomach the idea of a comedy thriller, then you'll be comfortable with the film. Basically Gene Wilder stars as Michael Jordon (not to be confused with Michael Jordan), an architect visiting New York who is unwittingly drawn into an intrigue involving military secrets and lots of running around.

    The film starts with a very Hitchcock like sequence complete with suspenseful music, unusual cinematography and a shock scene. Then we enter the storyline proper. A man - Hiram Calder (Robert Prosky) - enters a posh club and is poisoned just before a frightened woman - Janet Dunn (Kathleen Quinlan) - approaches him. The woman then runs from men who are pursuing her and ends up sharing a taxi with Michael (Gene Wilder). Michael tries to flirt with her but perhaps not surprisingly she's not in the mood. She does, however, give him a package to post.

    Next thing you know, the men chasing her kidnap him but he manages to escape. He encounters Janet again but unfortunately she is murdered - but he is being accused of killing her! In an effort to clear his name, he teams up with Kate Hellman (Gilda Radner) as they try to retrieve the package that was sent and find out why people are willing to kill for it. The chase takes them to Boston, and then to the Grand Canyon, and along the way the film provides both funny and thrilling moments. Richard Widmark plays the leader of the baddies and has a suitably menacing persona.

    I'm not sure why this film did not do well in the box office during its theatrical release. It's corny, but watchable.

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Transfer Quality


    The transfer is in widescreen 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, based on a 35mm print with an intended aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

    The overall transfer is soft and grainy with faded colours giving the film an overall yellowish tone. The film from which the transfer has been taken has obviously seen better days but least is reasonably clean and devoid of film marks.

    Thankfully I did not notice any instances of compression artefacts.

    There are a number of subtitle tracks on this disc, including secondary subtitles. I turned on the English subtitle track briefly to verify its existence. The accuracy is reasonable, but there are no hearing impaired cues.

    This is a single sided single layered disc.

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


    There are a number of audio tracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s), French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s), German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s), Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s), Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s). I listened to the English audio track.

    I was expecting the audio track to be in mono, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is in fact in stereo, or at least the background music was. I did not notice any significant panning of foley effects.

    The audio track is somewhat tinny with slightly distorted dialogue, but at least the dialogue was easy to understand and there were no audio synchronization issues.

    The original music score is by Tom Scott and seems standard thriller fare.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Apart from a theatrical trailer there are no extras on this disc.


    The menus are static but 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer (1:29)

    The trailer is open matte/full frame and is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s) audio track.

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:

    I would rate them as being roughly equivalent.


    Hanky Panky may sound like a raunchy comedy but it is in fact a comedic thriller starring Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. Worth watching if you have nothing else better to do. It is presented on a disc with a mediocre audio and audio transfers, and minimal extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Wednesday, October 02, 2002
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DVDDenon DVD-A1, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and rears: B&W CDM7NT; centre: B&W CDMCNT; subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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