The Linguini Incident (Director's Cut)

WSR Score2.5
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In "The Linguini Incident," a waitress and a bartender decide to rob their employers in this romantic caper. Lucy (Rosanna Arquette) is an underpaid waitress at "Dali", a terminally hip New York City restaurant, who's seriously in need of cash. Dali's new, mysterious, charming (and very in debt) bartender, Monte (David Bowie) needs to marry someone, anyone, by the end of the week...or else. Together they join forces –– along with zLucy's lingerie designing best friend, Viv (Eszter Balint) –– to rob the popular eatery and solve their financial woes. However these three are far from master criminals and they soon learn that in robberies, as in love, things never go as planned. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Richard Shepard; commentary with Shepard, Actors Rosanna Arquette and Eszter Balint, Co-Producer Sarah Jackson and Co-Screenwriter Tamer Brott; introduction by Shepard (HD 02:26), the documentary "The Making Of The Linguini Incident" (HD 44:26); original theatrical versions (SD 98:00); photo gallery; 2024 theatrical trailer; original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; limited edition slipcover (first pressing only) and a booklet with essays from film historian Graham Rinaldi and Director Shepard.

The reformatted 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on 35mm film stock and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. The 4K transfer does not seem to have enhanced picture quality as, while colors are natural, they lack vividness and saturation.There are plenty of colorful objects and costumes that dress the set designs, both in Lucy's New York City apartment and in the Dali restaurant, but colors appear dull. Still, fresh tones appear natural. Contrast is crushed, though black levels are decently deep and shadows are revealing. White levels also are crushed. Resolution is decent during closeups but generally soft in imagery. This is a generally satisfying picture but lacks color vitality. (Gary Reber)

While originally produced in Ultra Stereo (with surround), this release is presented in LPCM 2.0 monaural. The soundtrack is undistinguished with a quite forward sounding dialogue presence and a loud level. Thomas Newman's score is often jazz tinged and is delivered with decent fidelity. Overall, this will regarded as not a home theatre gem. (Gary Reber)