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My take: My Cousin Vinny (1992)

HD Goofnut
10-20-2010, 02:44 PM
Title: My Cousin Vinny (1992)
BD-25 Single-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Run time: 119 minutes
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region Free
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu

Cast/Crew Info:
Joe Pesci as Vinny Gambini
Ralph Macchio as Bill Gambini
Marisa Tomei as Mona Lisa Vito
Mitchell Whitfield as Stan Rothenstein
Fred Gwynne as Judge Chamberlain Haller
Lane Smith as Jim Trotter III
Austin Pendleton as John Gibbons
Bruce McGill as Sheriff Farley
Directed by Jonathan Lynn

My take: (the breakdown)

I personally have a soft spot for comedies that go beyond that traditional chick flick/PG-13 realm and My Cousin Vinny is certainly a film that comes to mind. When Bill and Stan are pulled over in outside a small Alabama town they think it is because they accidentally walked out of a convenience store without paying for a can of tuna. When they later discover that they are being prosecuted for murder at the same convenience store where they stopped, they realize that they need a good lawyer to prove that they are innocent, but they have very little money. Their only option is to turn to Bill's cousin Vinny, who happens to be a lawyer. When they meet Vinny they find out that he has never actually gone to trial in court, but they have no one else to turn to. Vinny himself is from New York and has lived there his entire life so coming to a small Alabama town is more than a culture shock for him. Will he be able to prove that the two men are innocent and had nothing to do with shooting the store clerk? Filled with so many laughs from Pesci and Tomei this one certainly belongs in everyone's collection. Due to profanity this one is not for children of any age.

Released last year onto Blu-ray, My Cousin Vinny looks about like what you would expect for an early '90s title. Color is well saturated, but doesn't quite have the pop that you might expect from a newer title. Flesh tones are accurate in the majority without any noticeable issues. Grain is moderate and maintains its structure during the entire film while also managing to keep from becoming noisy. I also noticed no instances of DNR or EE, which is always a plus when it comes to a catalog title. Fine detail is nearly perfect when it comes to the closeup shots of the actors, but the mid and long range shots are simply slightly above average. This is definitely the best the film has ever looked on home video and fans should not have any major quarrels with it.

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My Cousin Vinny comes to Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is certainly adequate, but ultimately ends up being a front heavy film as is the case with most comedies. Dialogue is well prioritized from start to finish without any audible problems. Surrounds are used hardly at all with the exception of a steam whistle, freight train, and occasional musical cue. As I noted above this is primarily a front and center channel film, but at least clarity is never a hindrance. There's not much for the LFE with this one, but that's not something you would typically look for when a comedy is the player anyway. This is not a poor mix by any means, but it's probably best to keep your expectations in the middle of the road.

There is not much to wade through when it comes to My Cousin Vinny's supplemental package. We get a feature length commentary with director Lynn, but his delivery is rather monotonous. The only other extras are the film's trailers and TV spots, which are presented in 480p.

Movie: 8/10
VQ: 8/10
AQ: 7/10
Supplements: 2/10
Final Word: A Must Own

As always thanks for reading folks.

10-20-2010, 06:10 PM
What's a Yuke?

Definitely a very funny flick, and everyone should at least rent it. We still crack up when we watch this one after more than a dozen times watching it.

Thanks for the review!

HD Goofnut
10-20-2010, 06:46 PM
What's a Yuke?

Definitely a very funny flick, and everyone should at least rent it. We still crack up when we watch this one after more than a dozen times watching it.

Thanks for the review!

You're welcome PFC.:thumbsup:

10-20-2010, 07:05 PM
Unfortunately they take classic's like this and simply transfer it to blu rather than remastering it for Max quality it's a shame. they did the same thing to the Chevy Chase Vacation classic's. Too bad !