WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Man Trouble

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jack Nicholson, Ellen Barkin, Harry Dean Stanon, Beverly D’Angelo, Veronica Cartwright.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1976-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 02/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bob Rafelson
(Screenplay/Written By): Carol Eastman
(Story): NA
(Music): Georges Delerue
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Mel Bourne
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(Editor): William Steinkamp
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(Executive Producers): Victorio Cecchi Gori
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Bruce Gilbert & Carol Eastman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Carol Eastman, Bob Rafelson, and Jack Nicholson made a great film in the 1970’s called Five Easy Pieces. Man Trouble is their second collaboration and it is far less successful, combining what critics have cited as an improbable story with questionable casting. A recently divorced opera singer (Ellen Barkin), falls in love with the coarse, womanizing owner of the House of Bliss Guard Dog Agency (Jack Nicholson) when he sells her a guard dog after a break-in at her home. This is the comic story of a down- on-his-luck con man who meets a vulnerable divorcee who’s afraid to stay home alone.

LaserDisc Picture:
Besides oversaturated, red hued and inconsistently balanced color, the picture often looks soft and grainy to the point of being out of focus. The transfer is at the 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound on this disc is good, but mostly mono sounding. The aggressive Dolby Surround® and great Foley sound work are really involving.
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