Weekend At Bernie's

Featured In Issue 188, July/August 2014

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When Richard and Larry (Silverman and McCarthy) find a discrepancy in the company books and bring it to the attention of their boss, Bernie Lomax (Kiser), they are certain that someone is trying to defraud the company. They are immediately invited for a Weekend At Bernie's beach house, where they are under the impression that they are to go over the figures in private...but Bernie plans on having them murdered. When they arrive at Bernie's place, he's D.O.A. of an apparent drug overdose. But these two houseguests aren't going to let a dead guy ruin their great weekend at the beach! So they tote Bernie around, attempting to convince people that he is still alive to avoid suspicion for his death. If you can't still occasionally crack a smile at this movie, there's something wrong with your sense of humor. (Suzanne Hodges)

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The previously reviewed anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture in Issue 99 had a soft, dated look, with a hazy appearance that affected finer details. Colors were a bit muddy, and fleshtones often appeared reddish. Contrast seemed a bit low, but shadow delineation was adequate. The source element was revealing of artifacts and film grain. This latest remastered Blu-ray Disc™ release exhibits a vibrant bright and richly hued color palette without a trace of haziness or muddiness. Fleshtones appear perfectly natural throughout, with healthy hues. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail and sharpness exhibited throughout. Contrast is impressive, with deep, solid blacks and shadow delineation. The natural film grain enhances the cinematic quality, for a wonderful visual experience that is reference quality. (Gary Reber)

While the previous Dolby® Digital Surround soundtrack was rather bright, with an over-exaggeration of the upper-mids that made it difficult to listen to at length, this new remastered DTS-HD Master Audio™ version sounds nicely balanced, though, there is never any real low end. When properly decoded, there is a decent sense of atmospheric ambiance that extends to the surrounds. Dialogue sounds natural, with excellent clarity. The music score by Police guitarist Andy Summers is pleasing and nicely recorded. The soundtrack can sound very thin and grainy, and occasional low-level, high-frequency hums can be distracting. The overall soundtrack is engaging. (Gary Reber)