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Funny Farm & Spies Like Us [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Farm/Spies Like Us Review #1 Dec 31 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I came across this Blu-ray release when searching for Funny Farm. I am glad I did. The quality of footage and sound is easily superior to the DVD release. I had never seen Spies Like Us prior to this purchase, but it was most enjoyable. I would argue that the only real similarity between these Blu-ray disc space sharers is that Chevy Chase stars in both films. There is nothing similar about the type of film content other than they're comedies. That said, I don't care, but it may bother you. The reason I gave this purchase four stars though is because there are NO special features, just the films. In summary, if you do not own these films, and/or just really love one (or both) of these films, I would recommend purchasing this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor tranfer quality March 12 2011
Format:Blu-ray
The transfer (video quality) of Funny Farm is fine (not superb). The transfer of Spies like us is extremely poor, I have seen VHS look better than this. A used DVD of this movie would be a better value.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spies Like Us is the full frame version with the top and bottom chopped off. Aug. 6 2011
By American Mahout - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Update on 11/12/11: There is a comment posted to this review that explains that this Disc is actually the correct version of the movie. Please read it if this issue concerns you.

'Spies Like Us' is a great movie. I bought this version thinking that it would have a wider view than my already purchased dvd which I could only find in full frame. I just compared it to my dvd. For this blu ray, all they did was chop some off from the top and bottom to give it the widescreen look. I thought people might to like to know.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First widescreen release July 13 2010
By Doug - Published on Amazon.com
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While not classic comedies, "Funny Farm" and "Spies Like Us" have their funny moments. Both are very enjoyable Chevy Chase movies with his usual relaxed style, a combination of straight man and funny guy. He's teamed with equally funny Dan Aykroyd in the John Landis directed "Spies" which is sprinkled with some very funny cameos. The very good news about this new BD release is that both movies are presented in widescreen for the first time on home video.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie ruined in post production May 13 2014
By Kevin Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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The DVD version of this movie has a 4:3 aspect ratio and the colors are great. They did not inflict the "Hollywood Look" upon us. You can look for what this trend is by searching for "teal and orange hollywood please stop the madness."

The Blu-Ray version is 16:9 and 1080p but it is cropped from 4:3 and is slathered with the "Hollywood Look".

Whoever produced this should be ashamed of themselves. Whoever told them to do the above to this movie should be fired.

I am tempted to ask to return this video as it is painful for me to watch what they did to such a fun movie.

Edit:
When MGM did this with the James Bond series it resulted in a class action lawsuit and they lost.

Search for "MGM faces class action lawsuit over misleading aspect ratios on James Bond DVDs" and you will find the lawsuit. I'm not saying that Warner Home Video should be subject to litigation however precedence looks like it may have been set.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Chevy Chase classics get barebones and borderline bad treatment. Feb. 20 2014
By Cornelius Fortinbras III - Published on Amazon.com
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Hard to beat for the price. And the chance to get both in a decent transfer is great, since before this Funny Farm, the funnier of the two, was only a pan and scan DVD.

There are two types of Chevy Chase fans, ones that claim to be a fan and only like Vacation and Caddyshack, then there are ones who think Funny Farm is one of his quotable best, while also having a soft spot in their hearts for Modern Problems.
Funny Farm has a better director than it deserves, but maybe that's why it's so unassuming and humble. Part of what makes it great. Better than all the Vacation sequels. If you ever wanted to trade city life for the country, this is a movie you will appreciate.

Spies Like Us is also pretty damn funny, it gets a little too bogged down in trying to be a grand 007 spoof, and the training montage is terribly slapstick, but Chase has some choice lines. If you ever wanted to see Chevy Chase moonwalk, here is your chance. Boatloads of cameos. Frank Oz (a Landis staple), Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Coen Bros, etc. It's easy to see how todays high concept comedies staring the likes of Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Will Ferrel owe a lot to this movie and it's ilk.

Both movies look decent, nothing surprising, soft like you expect, grain intact, no video noise or tinkering I can see,
but Spies Like Us has pretty bad audio issues, very brittle sounding and re-occuring hiss.
These films aren't Ghostbusters so they don't require pristine presentations, but they are still minor classics if you are a Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, John Landis 80's comedy fans, so it's a little disappointing this is the best we'l ever get.

Will there ever be a re-mastered version of either? So probably safe buying them hopefully for the last time. That is until 4k takes over, but even if that is sooner than Bluray took over DVD, these two titles are still a very long time away from looking better, these are deep-catalog titles.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No audio on either movie Aug. 27 2012
By M. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Like another reviewer, I have purchased two copies of this blu ray, one new and one used. Both have the same problem - no audio. I had to turn it all the way up to hear it faintly. It's definitely the way these discs were manufactured. I don't have this problem with any other disc. I would avoid this release until they put out another copy with the bugs fixed.
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