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Sony has created a decent no-frills edition of A Fine Mess for comedy fans with this disc. The big draw for the film's fans is the transfer, which restores the film to its original 2.35:1 scope format. The anamorphic, widescreen image boasts solid detail and color while also showing off the film's use of the Cinemascope format. The audio portion of the disc sticks to the original Dolby 2.0 mix and it's a solid one that delivers dialogue and music with clarity. Unfortunately, the disc offers no extras except for ...
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Sony has created a decent no-frills edition of A Fine Mess for comedy fans with this disc. The big draw for the film's fans is the transfer, which restores the film to its original 2.35:1 scope format. The anamorphic, widescreen image boasts solid detail and color while also showing off the film's use of the Cinemascope format. The audio portion of the disc sticks to the original Dolby 2.0 mix and it's a solid one that delivers dialogue and music with clarity. Unfortunately, the disc offers no extras except for trailers for a few other Sony releases (the trailer for A Fine Mess is missing in action). It's a shame that a little more effort wasn't put into this release but fans of Blake Edwards will no doubt be happy to see the film in its original aspect ratio and the low retail price makes it worthwhile for those fans.
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This late-period venture into screwball comedy isn't Blake Edwards's finest moment: the comedic highs are spaced a little too far for the film to cohere and it runs out of steam when it should be building up to manic heights in the third act. That said, A Fine Mess offers some little pleasures for comedy fans: Ted Danson and Howie Mandel make an engaging comedic team, gliding through the slim storyline with ease, and Stuart Margolin and Richard Mulligan give them a run for the money as a slapstick-prone pair of bumbling crooks. Edwards's direction sometimes flags in the pacing department but he structures the individual gags with skill and the results frequently get a laugh: highlights include Danson and Mandel's attempts to dodge the crooks while placing a bet and Mandel's slow-burn reaction to some unexpectedly spicy Indian food. The end result is a film of modest pleasures and this makes A Fine Mess a pleasant enough way for fans of old-school comedy to kill an afternoon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • UPC: 043396073609
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Danson Spence Holden
Howie Mandel Dennis Powell
Richard Mulligan Wayne Turnip Farragalla
Stuart Margolin Maurice "Binky" Dzundza
Maria Conchita Alonso Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards Ellen Frankenthaler
Paul Sorvino Tony Pazzo
Brooke Alderson Aileen
James Cromwell Detective Blist
Dennis Franz Phil
Vic Polizos Detective Hunker
Shep Tanney Dr. Henry Garfurg
Rick Ducommun Wardell
Keye Luke Ishimine
Ed Herlihy TV Reporter
Walter Charles Auctioneer
Tawny Moyer Leading Lady
Emma Walton Extra
Carrie Leigh Extra
Sharan Lea Young Girl
Rick Overton Companion
John Short Assistant Director
Theodore Wilson Covington
Valerie Wildman Anchorwoman
Larry Storch Leopold Klop
Jimmy Lewis Detective Albert
Robert Hoy Detective Levine
John Davey Detective Horn
Frederick Coffin Traffic Cop
Darryl Henriques Landlord
Sharon Hughes Tina
Garth Wilton Houseman
Castulo Guerra Italian Director
Sharon Barr Director's Wife
Jack O'Leary Piano Mover
Doug Cox Piano Mover
Elaine Wilkes Carhop
Jeffrey Lampert Car Salesman
Jim Byers Track Announcer
Arthur Hill
Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director, Screenwriter
Tony Adams Producer
Dave Bartholomew Songwriter
Anne Boston Songwriter
John F. Burnett Editor
Keith Burston Songwriter
William Burton Songwriter
John F. Calder Songwriter
Luigi Creatore Songwriter
Bob Crewe Songwriter
David Bryant Songwriter
Antoine Domino Songwriter
Eric Douglas Songwriter
Roy Downey Special Effects
Joe Dunne Stunts
Robert Elsey Songwriter
Steve Farris Songwriter
John E. Garnett Songwriter
Bob Gaudio Songwriter
Steve George Songwriter
Philippe Gerard Choreography
Roy Hayes Songwriter
Larry Huff Songwriter
Nick Jameson Songwriter
Jonathan D. Krane Executive Producer
Dennis Lambert Songwriter
John Lan Songwriter
William Linton Songwriter
Darryl Littlejohn Songwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rodger Maus Production Designer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Page Songwriter
Huge Peretti Songwriter
Robert Pergament Editor
Michael Price Songwriter
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Bobby Sandstrom Songwriter
Rick Sharp Makeup
Norman Steinberg Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Jr. Cinematographer
George Weiss Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Fine Mess
1. Start [:22]
2. Police Pursuit [8:49]
3. Back to the Track [5:34]
4. Another Chase [9:04]
5. The Auction [5:01]
6. Stolen Car [8:31]
7. "Where Were You Last Night?" [7:13]
8. Car Swap [6:32]
9. Goon Squad [8:01]
10. Claudia's Secret [6:27]
11. Facing the Mob Boss [7:40]
12. End of the Road [6:11]
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Disc #1 -- A Fine Mess
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   English Subtitles
   French Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Danson and Mandel have real comic chemistry!!!

    Ted Danson and Howie Mandel are hilarious in Blake Edwards' take on the Laurel and Hardy classic "A Fine Mess." I knew Ted Danson was funny from his days on "Cheers" but he really shows his funny side as he portrays the skirt-chasing, B-movie actor Spence Holden. When Spence is paired with Mandel's Dennis Powell, the drive-in burger stand worker and best friend who gets dragged into the "fine mess" with Spence, the comic chemistry is apparent. This showcase of zany slapstick finds Spence being pursued by a couple of mob henchmen after overhearing a plot to drug a race horse and win a large amount of money. Of course, Spence cannot help but see an opportunity to better his own situation, and he drags his good friend Dennis Powell (Mandel) into the fray, and the results are chaotic. One understated but very funny character is Ellen, played by Blake Edwards' real-life daughter Jennifer Edwards. As the love interest of Mandel's character, she somehow manages to hold the middle ground between Mandel's eccentric and often over-the-top antics and Danson's suave lothario. The title song by the Temptations is a classic that really gives the film a boost from the beginning. The late Richard Mulligan, a regular in Blake Edwards movies, is hilarious as one of the henchmen pursuing Spence and Dennis. Paul Sorvino, in a brief role, plays the mob boss and husband of one of Spence's conquests. This is one of those movies I love to watch when I really need to laugh, and it always delivers. I recommend it to anyone who loves crazy comedies!!!

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