Every Which Way But Loose

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Clint Eastwood works alongside a monkey in the action-comedy Every Which Way but Loose. Warner's work on this 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very good, though a few small imperfections (including edge enhancement and grain) pop up from time to time. Otherwise this picture appears sharp, crisp, and very well-defined. The audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack in both English and French. While it's certainly nice to have a 5.1 remix on this disc, the bulk of the ...
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Clint Eastwood works alongside a monkey in the action-comedy Every Which Way but Loose. Warner's work on this 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very good, though a few small imperfections (including edge enhancement and grain) pop up from time to time. Otherwise this picture appears sharp, crisp, and very well-defined. The audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack in both English and French. While it's certainly nice to have a 5.1 remix on this disc, the bulk of the soundtrack still tends to come from the center and front speakers with only a minimal use of directional effects throughout. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. Alas, fans will be very disappointed when they see that the only extra features available on this disc include some info on Eastwood, a scant "behind-the-scenes" section of information on the film, and a mildly entertaining theatrical trailer for the movie.
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Special Features

All-new digital transfer; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Production notes; Theatrical trailer
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Clint Eastwood's entry into the school of "good ol' boy" action comedies that Burt Reynolds popularized with Smokey and the Bandit is far from his best work but doesn't deserve the critical vilification it has received over the years. It's one of Eastwood's less consistent films from this era, primarily due to Jeremy Joe Kronsberg's script; the characters are fitfully amusing but the pacing is too slack and the storytelling too episodic to generate the electric charge of a top-notch slapstick comedy. It also gets bogged down in an array of subplots that are never integrated in a thoughtful or interesting way. Despite these key story flaws, Every Which Way But Loose remains an engaging affair for a few reasons. The first is its lack of pretension: director James Fargo keeps viewers from pondering the weak storyline by treating the film like a live-action cartoon and piling on car chases, bloodless bar brawls, and slapstick with vigor and gusto. The second is the skilled comic performances of the cast: Geoffrey Lewis makes a great deadpan comic foil for Eastwood, Sondra Locke brings the right intensity to her "lady of mystery" character, and Ruth Gordon is a total scene-stealer as the foul-mouthed, ill-tempered Ma. The final and most important reason is Clint Eastwood's performance: his work here reveals a skill for dry comedy that had only been touched on in his other films and his amiable performance reveals a star who is not only willing to act funny but is also capable of poking fun at his own "macho" image. In the end, Every Which Way But Loose is too much of a mixed bag to be given an unreserved recommendation, but it is well worth a look to fans of cartoonish comedies and anyone seriously interested in Eastwood's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • UPC: 085391859420
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke Lynn Halsey-Taylor
Geoffrey Lewis Orville
Beverly D'Angelo Echo
Ruth Gordon Ma
Walter Barnes Tank Murdock
Jerry Brutsche Street Sweeper Driver
George Chandler Clerk at DMV
Cary Michael Cheifer Kincaid's Manager
Jeannette Louise Cole Palamino girl
George Dockstader Double
Sam Gilman Fat Guy's Buddy
Chuck Hicks Truck Driver
Timothy P. Hirvin MC
Tim Irwin Musician
Billie Jackson Better
Joyce Jameson Sybil
Richard Jamison Harlan
Roy Jenson Woody
Jackson D. Kane Man at Bowling Alley
Jeremy Kronsberg Bruno
Fritz Manes Bartender at Zanzabar
Michael Mann Church's Manager
James McEachin Herb
Bill McKinney Dallas
Lloyd Nelson Bartender
William O'Connell Elmo
George Orrison Fight Spectator
Thelma Pelish Lady Customer
John Quade Cholla
Tom Runyon Bartender at Palomino
Bruce Scott Schyler
Al Silvani Tank Murdock's Manager
Hartley Silver Bartender
Jan Stratton Waitress
Dan Vadis Frank
Ken Wahl
Gregory Walcott Putman
Chuck Waters Biker
Guy Way Bartender
George Wilbur Church
Jerry Wills Biker
Hank Worden Trailer Court Manager
Technical Credits
James Fargo Director
Elayne Barbara Ceder Art Director
Joel Cox Editor
Robert Daley Producer
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Steve Dorff Score Composer
Chuck Gaspar Special Effects
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Joe Kronsberg Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Fritz Manes Associate Producer
Rexford Metz Cinematographer
Al Silvani Consultant/advisor
Wayne Van Horn Stunts
Ferris Webster Editor
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [3:03]
2. Punchy Over Peanuts [2:47]
3. Tricky and Testy [2:36]
4. Brawling for Dollars [3:39]
5. The Palomino [3:07]
6. Lynn Halsey-Taylor [5:24]
7. Black Widows Road Chase [4:39]
8. How Philo Met Clyde [2:44]
9. Squashed Spiders [3:29]
10. No Respect [3:01]
11. Vehicular Horseplay [:12]
12. Rules When Meeting a Lady [5:04]
13. Calling the Cops [2:53]
14. Four for the Road [1:37]
15. Whuppin' the Widows [6:08]
16. Getting Acquainted [3:31]
17. Ma and the Bikers [2:51]
18. Lynn's Whereabouts [2:33]
19. Doing the Town [3:10]
20. Clyde's Date [3:21]
21. Action in Santa Fe [3:09]
22. We Don't Give Up [5:22]
23. Love on the Run [3:15]
24. Cops Go Philo-Fishing [3:16]
25. Showdown With the Widows [7:13]
26. Zanza Bar [8:18]
27. Not Too Smart [3:17]
28. Tank Murdock [3:19]
29. On the Road Again [5:47]
30. End Credits [2:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Clint Eastwood - Philo Beddoe
      Behind the Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A departure for Clint...

    For anyone who enjoyed country before it was cool, this is easy fun and a great look back at an era with more simplicity than we realized at the time. The four lead players are engaging, not trying to do anything more serious than make us chuckle. They succeeded!

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