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V.I. Warshawski

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Jeff Kanew brings the fictional female private eye V.I. Warshawski to the big screen with this film that comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this Disney/Buena Vista release to anyone who is not a fan of the character or of ...
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Jeff Kanew brings the fictional female private eye V.I. Warshawski to the big screen with this film that comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this Disney/Buena Vista release to anyone who is not a fan of the character or of lead actress Kathleen Turner. There is little here for the average DVD consumer.
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Special Features

Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16×9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

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Rarely has a flop extinguished a career so quickly as V.I. Warshawski did to Kathleen Turner. Turner came in boasting a truly enviable résumé of 1980s hits, only to see this would-be franchise character knock her name permanently off the top of movie posters. V.I. Warshawski has developed kind of a cult familiarity for being famously misguided, but the truth is, it's more boring than anything else. Turner's tongue-in-cheek appeal from the Romancing the Stone saga is nowhere to be seen. The few attempts at humor totally sputter, leaving the movie feeling like a sluggish detective story with only superficial grit or direction. A different actress might have pulled this off, or pulled it off better. But Turner's sunny charm, key to her previous success, is totally suppressed by the bad lighting and grimy urban setting. What passes for a running joke is that everyone says her last name differently, despite its relatively straightforward phonetic pronunciation. Inadvertently, this ends up being a metaphor for how unknowable she is. If they intended this as a series, screenwriter David Aaron Cohen should have given some consideration to the character's origins as a private eye, but there's only a cursory mention of her once having been a lousy housewife. The only other depth V.I. has is a maternal instinct for the girl who just lost her father, and without a back story, it feels like an empty gesture. Child actor Angela Goethals has the most life of anyone on screen, while the ragtag bunch of character actors who fill out the cast range from hammy to just plain ridiculous. We eventually learn that the V stands for "Victoria." Maybe they were waiting for the sequel to reveal the I, but "Insipid" seems like a pretty good guess.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • UPC: 786936182682
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathleen Turner V.I. "Vic" Warshawski
Jay O. Sanders Murray
Charles Durning Lt. Mallory
Angela Goethals Kat Grafalk
Nancy Paul Paige Grafalk
Frederick Coffin Horton Grafalk
Charles McCaughan Trumble
Stephen Meadows Boom-Boom
Wayne Knight Smeissen
Lynnie Godfrey Sal
Anne Pitoniak Lotty
Stephen Root Mickey
Robert Clotworthy Phillip Pugh
Tom Allard Big Eddie
Michael Hagerty Babe
Lee Arenberg Flesh
Roger T. Ito 1st Bodyguard
Doris LeGras Maid
Mike Bacarella Cabbie
John Beasley Ernie
Everett Smith McGraw
Herb Muller Contreras
Theresa Bell Stacy
Geof Prysirr Ron Whortley
Sandra Foster Bank Teller
Gregg Almquist Bank Manager
Gene Hartline Thug #1
Gary Epper Thug #2
John P. Marsh Striker
Shirley Johnson Singer
Victor Herold Bassist
Casey Jones Drummer
Professor Eddie Lusk Keyboardist
Maurice Vaughn Guitarist
Aaron Seville Paramedic
John Fujioka Suwtora
Robert Wong 2nd Bodyguard
Technical Credits
Jeff Kanew Director
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Doug Claybourne Co-producer
David Aaron Cohen Screenwriter
Penney Finkelman Cox Executive Producer
Glenn Daniels Casting
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Larry Fulton Art Director
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
David Kelson Sound Mixer
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Jeffrey Lurie Producer
John P. Marsh Executive Producer
Debra Neil Editor
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Edward Taylor Original Story, Screenwriter
Nick Thiel Screenwriter
Pamela Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/V.I. [10:02]
2. Baby-sitting Job [9:18]
3. Tugboat Explosion [7:29]
4. The Grafalk Family Business [9:52]
5. 60-Watt Lightbulb [8:35]
6. Follow the Money [11:55]
7. Kidnap Attempt [1:04]
8. Nutcracker [5:21]
9. Trumble's Plan [4:40]
10. Profiles in Courage/End Credits [6:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scene Selection
   Setup
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Play
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