Monday, July 7, 2014

9 to 5: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition

Film & Disc Review, 9 to 5: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition
by Rusty White
reviewed: 2006-03-24

9 to 5: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition (1980)
Director(s): Colin Higgins
Movie rating: 7/10
DVD rating: 8/10
DVD Release Date: 04/04/2006
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: PG
Disc Details


List Price: $19.98

Running Time: 110 minutes

Special Features:
Widescreen anamorphic format
Chapter selection
Commentary by producers Bruce Gilbert and Jane Fonda and actors Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton
Featurette: "Nine @ 25"
Featurette: "Remembering Colin Higgins"
10 deleted scenes
Gag reel
Nine to Five karaoke

Video Format:
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

Language Tracks:
English (Dolby Digital 2.0) Stereo
English (Dolby Digital 1.0) Mono
Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0) Mono
French (Dolby Digital 1.0) Mono

English, Spanish

Closed Captions:

1-disc Keep Case

"9 to 5" was one of the most popular films of 1980 and 81. I saw it in a packed house at the Parkway Theater in Las Vegas on opening night. The movie still holds up 25 years later. It is very, very funny. While much is made that the movie is a feminist landmark, I only know that the movie is fun. For me that is enough. Let those who want to hail this movie as something more have their say. Live and let live.

The long and the short of it is that Dabney Coleman plays the most sexist boss you've ever seen. He glows in his pure evilness. The kind of character you love to hate. The three leading ladies play put upon secretaries. After a particularly rough day at work, they sit around, smoke a joint and fantasize about killing the boss. A chain of event leads the ladies to believe they have killed the boss. This leads to kidnapping and further complications. Chances are that you have already seen this film during the past 25 years and already know the plot. Dolly Parton received her first Oscar nomination for the catchy theme song. Look for Sterling Hayden in a cameo at the end of the film.

The Disc
Great movie, picture, sound and extras.

Picture Quality: 10/10
The restored picture looks great. All three leading ladies glow. Rich colors. No artifacts or pixilation. The picture was cleaned up very nicely.

Sound Quality: 10/10
I'm not a Country music fan, but you can't help but like Dolly Parton. Her Oscar nominated song "9 to 5" is a classic. It still sounds great 25 years later. The soundtrack on this DVD make it so. Full, rich tones. Nice balance between the ranges.

Easter Eggs:
No Easter Eggs Found on Disc.

Extra Features: 8/10

Director Colin Higgins died in 1988. It was a loss to the film community. His best know work was the script for Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude." Anyone who could write something as brilliant as "Harold and Maude" should have been given more time to entertain us. Mr. Higgins was one of the early victims of the AIDS virus. There is a tribute to Mr. Higgins on this DVD called "Remembering Colin Higgins." As an obit writer, I looked forward to this extra. I wish there had been more emphasis placed on his other films. It was nice to see a tribute, but it was mainly interviews with the stars of this film. A lot of praise with little factual information about the man.

The commentary track is hit and miss. While there is a lot of behind the scenes info on the making of the film, there is also a lot of chatter that is of little interest to folks who were not on the set. I wonder if the DVD producers ever hire commentary track directors?!

The best extra for my money was the lengthy featurette "Nine @ 25." There are extensive interviews with all of the main players. It is both informative and entertaining.

There are also 10 deleted scenes and a gag reel. Some of the extras scenes are longer versions of existing scenes. There are a couple of extra scenes that show just how evil Dabney Coleman's character was. This could have easily been a much darker comedy ALA "Harold and Maude."

The Final Word:

It is nice to see yet another old and significant film get the royal DVD treatment. A must have.

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