Grumpy Old Men Blu-ray Review
'Grumpy Old Men' comes to Blu-ray with a region free 1080p VC-1 encoded transfer that's framed accurately at 1.85:1. Overall it's not half bad, although the first few minutes aren't really a good advert for the rest of the movie. Mainly during the title sequence we witness some print weave and significant grain, which I'd put down to the use of 'mattes', where two pieces of film are sandwiched in the optical printer, thereby doubling the grain.
Once we're out of the titles things start to look up. There's a veneer of grain throughout but it's not distracting and simply reminds us that it was shot on film. It would look the same in the cinema. The overcast, wintry look of the film is reflected in the transfer and the ruddy skin tones look perfectly in place. There are some nice deep blacks with good contrast throughout, while shadow detail isn't the best - but then that's probably down to the lighting. Make no mistake, this is no blisteringly sharp, rosy skin toned transfer like you'd get from a recent release.
What we get is a perfectly acceptable representation with pleasing sharpness that does not interfere with your enjoyment of the movie in any way. I saw no evidence of ringing on either my 50 inch Plasma or projector, which have both been set up correctly for sharpness using standard test patterns.
In general, this is a nice transfer.
'Grumpy Old Men' comes to Blu-ray with, strangely enough, a Dolby TrueHD 2.0 soundtrack. It's doubtful whether a 5.1 channel mix would have added anything to the movie as it's mainly dialogue driven with only occasional bursts of stereo being used by the musical numbers at various points.
We do have some stereo imaging, but it's not terribly noticeable as it's quite a low key affair. The dialogue is crisp and clean, so that Matthau and Lemmon's insults are always intelligible - and you couldn't really ask for more, as that's where the fun hangs out.
A very straightforward, competent mix that lets us hear what we need to.
The only extra accompanying 'Grumpy Old Men' is the theatrical trailer in standard definition which gives us some insight into what hooked the cinema going public back in 1993.
The Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau vehicle 'Grumpy Old Men' brings a swathe of insults to Blu-ray in a perfectly acceptable 1080p VC-1 encoded transfer in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The movie looks the best that it ever has on the High Def home cinema format.
The two old codgers take part in some very funny repartee that's made nice and clear by the Dolby TrueHD 2.0 mix, which occasionally comes alive with the odd musical track.
The lovely Ann Margret plays the object of their affections which only heightens the amusing verbal duelling and schoolboy pranks played by the two ageing Romeos.
The movie gives us a rare chance to see just how good these two guys were together on screen.
The disc is a bit light on extras with only the theatrical trailer for movie buffs. One for lovers of comic timing at its best though.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.97
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