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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Blake Edwards
Cast:
Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, Sam J. Jones, Brian Dennehy
Writing Credits:
Blake Edwards

Tagline:
A temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count.

Synopsis:
George Webber (Dudley Moore) is a successful songwriter going through a mid-life crisis in 10. When he meets a newlywed (Bo Derek), he follows her to a Mexican resort where he learns the lesson that one must be careful what one wishes for.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$3.526 million on 706 screens.
Domestic Gross
$74.865 million.

MPAA:
Rated R

DVD DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio:
English Monaural
French Monaural
German Monaural
Castillian Monaural
Spanish Monaural
Portuguese Monaural
Thai Monaural
Subtitles:
English
French
German
Castillian
Dutch
Chinese
Spanish
Portuguese
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Norwegian
Brazilian Portuguese
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
French
German
Castillian
Dutch
Chinese
Spanish
Portuguese

Runtime: 122 min.
Price: $19.98
Release Date: 2/1/2011

Bonus:
• Featurette
• Trailer


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"10" [Blu-Ray] (1979)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 28, 2011)

My Dad allowed me to start to read Playboy at the age of 12, and I can partially thank 1979’s ”10” for that. We’d seen the flick at the theater in the fall of 1979, and star Bo Derek was slated to appear in the March 1980 issue of Playboy. I used the fact that I’d already seen her naked in the movie, so what harm would come if he bought the mag for me? Granted, that’s loose reasoning, so I’m pretty sure the Old Man would’ve allowed me to start my regular perusal of Playboy anyway, but at least ”10” helped give me the nerve to make such an argument.

Because of this, I maintain a soft spot in my heart for the sex comedy. Don’t expect a ton of plot here. Basically, man (Dudley Moore) has mid-life crisis, man pursues fantasy (Derek), man discovers that reality (Julie Andrews) is better than fantasy - the end! It’s not exactly fertile ground for rich characters and themes.

Essentially, "10" remains true to the Blake Edwards style of comedy: fair amounts of slapstick with occasional bits of semi-sophistication. While the humor in "10" only intermittently amuses, I do appreciate the fact that Edwards knew when not to force a joke. Throughout the film, he's not afraid to let gags develop in the background, where they actually work more effectively.

Too many filmmakers feel they must shove humor down the viewer's throat. They seem to fear that if they don't make the gag frightfully obvious, the audience will miss it. For example, during Animal House, the scene where a handyman tries to remove a dead horse from the dean's office while the dean conducts his business falters because director John Landis too explicitly focused on the handyman and the horse. Had he filmed the scene as though the dean's business was the focus, not the horse, it would have worked more effectively.

Edwards peppers ”10” with segments like that, and it benefits from that approach. Scenes that otherwise might have fallen flat are given life simply because they're presented in such an ordinary way. The camera acts as if nothing special is happening, so the viewer feels like he discovers the humor, not like he's forced to laugh.

While I appreciated such attempts at subtlety, overall I found "10" to be only slightly above average. For one, it's a good 30 minutes too long. The project just seems more drawn it than it should be, and as a result, the story moves along much too slowly. We know that eventually George will somehow meet up with his dream girl, and while anticipation of this event makes the culmination of that search more interesting, it takes so long that the climactic scene lacks much of the excitement that it otherwise could have contained.

In general, the actors do well with their roles. "10" made Moore a star in America, and he handles the responsibilities of the role - both comic and dramatic - with aplomb. Julie Andrews doesn't have a whole lot to do in her role as George's long-time girlfriend, but her presence adds charm and class to the project.

Of course, the biggest impact created from "10" was that it made unknown Bo Derek into a mega-star. Rarely has so much ado been made about so little. Oh, she certainly was an attractive woman, but she lacked any semblance of acting skills. In this film, that's not really a problem, since the role required Derek to do little other than look sexy. She accomplished that task well. When we actually heard her speak and learned a bit about the character toward the end of the film, however, we saw how little talent that beautiful body actually included. I felt that the climactic scene in which George learns the foolishness of his quest lost a lot of its impact because Derek provided so little presence.

Still, ”10” remains a likable comedic fantasy. How much of my enjoyment comes from nostalgia, I can’t say. Whatever the case, it maintains enough life for me to enjoy it to a moderate degree.

Shocking revelation footnote: when I looked at the movie’s IMDB listing, I realized that Nedra Volz – the doddering ancient Mrs. Kissel here – died after Dudley Moore! I would’ve figured she passed within a few years of the film’s release, but she lasted until 2005 and was nearly 100 when she went!


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B/ Audio C/ Bonus D

”10” appears in both an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. While never a visual showcase, the transfer usually looked quite good.

Sharpness was usually fine. Though most of the movie displayed strong delineation, a few wider shots tended to be a bit soft. Those weren’t a big concern, though, and the majority of the film provided nice clarity. I noticed no issues with jaggies or moiré effects, and edge enhancement also failed to mar the presentation. I didn’t sense any overuse of digital noise reduction, and source flaws remained absent here.

Colors worked reasonably well. The movie opted for a natural palette, so given its sun-drenched locations, it came with many chances for vivid tones. These looked generally positive; I thought they could’ve been more dynamic, but they seemed peppy enough. Blacks were fairly tight, and shadows were decent. Low-light shots could be a bit murky, but they delivered acceptably delineation most of the time. Truthfully, I thought the various mild issues with shadows and sharpness stemmed from the source photography; they left the image a little too iffy for a grade above a “B”, but I felt it likely gave us an accurate representation of the source.

I felt the monaural soundtrack of ”10” appeared decidedly lackluster. Speech was intelligible and lacked edginess, but the lines seemed somewhat dull. Music was similarly bland, as the score and songs displayed decent clarity without much vivacity. Effects never played a major role in this comedy, and they followed along the same lines as the other elements. These pieces were acceptably clean but never dynamic or memorable. I thought the mix was average for its era.

How did the picture and sound of this Blu-Ray compare with those of the original 1997 DVD? The audio was a wash, as both discs offered pretty similar mono tracks.

On the other hand, the Blu-ray’s visuals demonstrated substantial improvements over the DVD. The latter came out during the format’s formative period; it wasn’t awful – especially given its age – but it wasn’t good, either. The Blu-ray was substantially cleaner, peppier and better defined. It’s a huge improvement.

Only a few minor extras appear here. We get the film’s original trailer and a period featurette. The latter runs four minutes, 26 seconds and mixes movie clips, shots from the set, and interviews. We get remarks from Moore and Andrews. The piece covers the project’s origins, the cast, and the story. The clip is long on promotion and short on value.

”10” helped make stars of Dudley Moore and Bo Derek, and it remains a reasonably enjoyable flick after all these years. Though it never becomes great entertainment, it presents a fairly amusing and likable look at a midlife crisis. The Blu-ray comes with pretty good visuals as well as average audio and minor supplements. It’s too bad the Blu-ray doesn’t add new bonus materials, but it does reproduce the movie in satisfying fashion.

To rate this film please visit the original review of "10"

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