Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Director: Frank Oz

Cast: Frank Oz, Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly

     
 

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and appears to be in all-around excellent shape. The image sports sharply defined colors and dark black levels, making this an enticing DVD transfer. With only the slightest amount of edge enhancement showing up from time to time, this is a winning picture that should please comedy fans. TheSee more details below

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and appears to be in all-around excellent shape. The image sports sharply defined colors and dark black levels, making this an enticing DVD transfer. With only the slightest amount of edge enhancement showing up from time to time, this is a winning picture that should please comedy fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, along with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French and Spanish. The newly created 5.1 remix is passable, if a little unnecessary. While it's always a pleasure to get a new 5.1 mix on a disc, this film doesn't benefit much from directional effects or Surround sounds. However, all aspects of the film are clear of any excessive hiss or distortion, making this a very enticing track. Also included on this disc are English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. MGM has seen fit to include a few extra features on this disc, starting with a cute commentary track by director Frank Oz. While Oz isn't always the most chatty of participants, he does share a few anecdotal stories about the making of the film and what it was like to work with stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin. A very brief behind-the-scenes featurette lasts only moments and is basically one long trailer for the film. Finally there is a theatrical trailer for the film, and a very funny teaser trailer with optional commentary by the director.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels harks back to the era of suave 1950s and '60s caper films -- specifically, the 1963 David Niven/Marlon Brando vehicle Bedtime Story, on which Scoundrels's script is based. Michael Caine plays the slicker member of the anti-hero duo with perfect English ease, and Steve Martin is inspired as his gauche American counterpart. Scoundrels features an involved and complicated plot, with as many twists and turns as a decent mystery; the film unfolds like a broad, comic version of the The Sting. Director Frank Oz's only previous adult-oriented film was 1986's Little Shop of Horrors, and with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels he firmly established the fine comic form that he would perfect with In & Out (1997) and Bowfinger (1999). The lush French Riviera environs are adroitly shot by Michael Ballhaus.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2001
UPC:
0027616869272
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
14
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
2,004

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Frank Oz; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Teaser trailer; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Freddy Benson
Michael Caine Lawrence Jamieson
Glenne Headly Janet Colgate
Anton Rodgers Inspector Andre
Barbara Harris Fanny Eubanks
Ian McDiarmid Arthur
Dana Ivey Mrs. Reed
Frances Conroy Lady from Palm Beach
Nicole Calfan Lady in Dining Car
Aina Walle Miss Krista Knudsen
Cheryl Pay Lady with Pearls
Nathalie Auffret Marion
Lolly Susi Lady in Rolls Royce
Rupert Holliday Evans English Sailor
Hepburn Graham English Sailor
Xavier Maly Hotel Bellboy
André Penvern Waiter on the Train
Louis Zorich Greek Millionaire
Georges Gerrard Baffos Assistant Hotel Manager
Valerie Beaufils Pretty Beach Girl
Jerry Goodman Violinist
Meagen Fay Lady from Oklahoma

Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Pascal Charbonnier Makeup
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Janet Flora Makeup
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Paul Henning Screenwriter
Charles Hirschhorn Executive Producer
Donna Isaacson Casting
Damien Lanfranchi Art Director
Dale Launer Executive Producer,Screenwriter
John Lyons Casting
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
William Scharf Editor
Stanley Shapiro Screenwriter
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Rosalind Shingleton Set Decoration/Design
Steve Spence Art Director
David Tringham Asst. Director
Roy Walker Production Designer
Terry Walsh Stunts
Bernard Williams Asst. Director,Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits/Royal Scam [8:08]
2. Meet the Poacher [10:38]
3. So Long, Sucker! [5:02]
4. "Lady Fanny of Omaha" [5:32]
5. Putting on the Ritz [3:14]
6. Oh, Brother! [7:22]
7. The Bet is Set [7:08]
8. Wheeler Dealer [9:08]
9. "Dr. Schauffhausen!" [8:04]
10. Cruel Therapy [5:36]
11. Suicidal Seducer [6:25]
12. "The Bet's Off!" [7:56]
13. "Walk to Me!" [4:00]
14. Is She Gone or Not? [5:37]
15. "Janet the Jackal" [7:50]
16. Partners/Credits [8:27]

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