WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cheap Detective, The

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Stockard Channing, James Coco, Dom Deluise, Louise Fletcher, John Houseman, Madeline Kahn, Fernando Lamas, Marsha Mason, Phil Silvers, Abe Vigoda, Paul Williams & Nicol Williamson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 10816
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1978
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Moore
(Screenplay/Written By): Neil Simon
(Story): NA
(Music): Patrick Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Robert Lukthardt
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(Editor): Sidney Levin, ACE & Michael A. Stevenson
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ray Stark

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Neil Simonís comedy The Cheap Detective has been likened to a cross between Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. Peter Falk, doing his best Humphrey Bogart impression, plays the title character detective Lou Peckinpaugh. In the film, Peckinpaugh has to solve five different cases at once and each case has its own damsel-in-distress. Some members of the cast play renowned past actors and Simon borrows plotlines and characters from Humphrey Bogartís most famous films. The movie is set in 1939 San Francisco. With a large all-star cast of funny people, this one will keep you chuckling until the very end in this who dunnit farce.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is framed at 2.35:1, and is slightly over saturated and fleshtones are inconsistent. Images are filtered and fuzzy, not detailed and sharp. Overall the color is tinted sepia and orange which is overdone. Noise and minor artifacts permeate throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is compressed undistinguished mono suitable only for a 4-inch TV speaker.
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