Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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Overview

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid's status as one of the least-known Steve Martin comedies makes this bare-bones, yet impressively transferred DVD curious in light of the fact that The Jerk still languishes on the format as a full-frame-only edition. Dead Men was an experiment in editing old movie footage with newly shot footage in order to create a new story. The non-anamorphic 1.85:1 digital transfer is another example of quality mastering by Universal (no matter how obscure the film) that proves it is fully committed ...
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Overview

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid's status as one of the least-known Steve Martin comedies makes this bare-bones, yet impressively transferred DVD curious in light of the fact that The Jerk still languishes on the format as a full-frame-only edition. Dead Men was an experiment in editing old movie footage with newly shot footage in order to create a new story. The non-anamorphic 1.85:1 digital transfer is another example of quality mastering by Universal (no matter how obscure the film) that proves it is fully committed to the format. Shot in black-and-white, the clearer, sharper picture looks great and blends well with the old footage. The transitions aren't entirely seamless, which is part of the comic effect. The two-channel mono soundtrack isn't exactly impressive, but for a film meant to invoke the old detective films of the 1940s, it suffices. Some production notes and a trailer are the only supplements. While Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid may not seem like a likely release for DVD above some other films, this edition is good enough to preserve the film for a while longer.
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Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Carl Reiner's concept movie allows Steve Martin, one of the great comic talents of the latter half of the 20th century, to interact with the great actors of days past. It is not simply a parody of old movies but a tribute to them, a spoof with reverence. And who better to play the not-quite-hard-boiled detective who brings it all together than Martin? While the hijacked actors deliver their lines in all seriousness, Martin's goofiness and strong comic timing give the scenes a delightfully humorous spin. The premise is funny, but, like many one-joke concepts, not funny enough that it doesn't wear thin. The film has many ardent fans, though, and those with extensive knowledge of classic cinema are more likely to join them than are casual movie aficionados. Impressive as a technical feat, highly imaginative, and often funny, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a very good film, even if both Reiner and Martin have been involved in better ones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • UPC: 025192052323
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,917

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Rigby Reardon
Rachel Ward Juliet Forrest
Reni Santoni Carlos Rodriguez
Carl Reiner Field Marshall Von Kluck
George Gaynes Dr. Forrest
Frank McCarthy Waiter
Adrian Ricard Mildred
Gene Labell Hood
George Sawava Hood
Ron Spivey
Britt Nilsson Poppy Secretary
Charlie Picerni Hood
Technical Credits
Carl Reiner Director, Screenwriter
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
John De Cuir Production Designer
George Gipe Screenwriter
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Martin Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
William E. McEuen Producer
Richard McWhorter Associate Producer, Production Manager
Bud Molin Editor
Penny Perry Casting
David V. Picker Producer
Glen Robinson Special Effects
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Ric Sagliani Makeup
Sig Tingloff Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles. [2:05]
2. A Quiet Day. [5:19]
3. On The Job. [6:53]
4. Cleaning Woman. [4:20]
5. Brentwood Room. [4:44]
6. A Conspiracy?. [4:17]
7. Locker 1936. [3:57]
8. A Slipped Mickey. [3:31]
9. Hot Legs. [8:40]
10. Shadow Play. [2:01]
11. Peace Offering. [4:00]
12. Looking For Rigby. [1:52]
13. Fondle Me. [3:44]
14. Prison Break. [8:53]
15. Carlotta's Not-. [11:25]
16. Rasmussen Place. [8:30]
17. The Cast. [1:56]
18. End Titles. [2:19]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
Production Notes.
Cast & Filmmakers.
   Steve Martin
   Rachel Ward
   Reni Santoni
   Carl Reiner
Theatrical Trailer.
Universal Web Links.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Need to see

    This movie should have won an Oscar for film editing. It was hilarious and absurd. It was an interesting match with Steve Martin and Rachel Ward. I highly recommend viewing. Combining film noir classics with Rigby and Juliet in the mix was great!

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