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MY FELLOW AMERICANS

The critics certainly ripped into MY FELLOW AMERICANS ($35) when it briefly played in theaters. I guess movie critics just don’t find the Presidency as funny as do most Americans. The film does have its share of low brow humor, but since this is a comedy, I don’t have a problem with the filmmakers taking pot shots at politicians. Jack Lemon and James Garner star as rival former Presidents who find themselves on the run from assassins, when one of them ends up taking the heat for a scandal caused by the current President (Dan Aykroyd). Lemon and Garner are good at trading insults of a personal and political nature, and neither party is spared a ribbing. MY FELLOW AMERICANS is the one thing every comedy should be- it’s funny! I found myself laughing out loud at a number of the jokes and sight gags. In addition to Lemon, Garner and Aykroyd, the cast of MY FELLOW AMERICANS also features John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford and Lauren Bacall.

Warner Home Video has given MY FELLOW AMERICANS a very good looking Letterboxed transfer which restores the film’s proper 1.85:1 theatrical framing. The image looks well balanced, and the Letterboxing makes the presentation more theatrical. Since MY FELLOW AMERICANS is Letterboxed on Laserdisc, it has a definite advantage over its DVD counterpart, which is presented in pan and scan only. The transfer has good detail and the colors appear natural.

The digitally encoded soundtrack is something of a problem, and the initial production run has been recalled. Where there should be a matrixed Dolby Surround track, one would be lucky to find stereo. I personally couldn’t detect any channel separation on my sample. The soundtrack on the first production run is clean and clear, but it isn’t as it should be. MY FELLOW AMERICANS does contain a Dolby Digital soundtrack. The Pioneer pressing had only a few errant speckles.

 
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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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