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'Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's Wart',
This review is from: Uncle Buck [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
John Candy is Buck Russell, a character very similar to Del Griffith from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It's not surprising since John Hughes is the writer, producer and director of both films. Buck is a simple man with simple pleasures. He likes his freedom, his leisure time, and his bowling. He has a girlfriend who desperately wants him to grow up but...he can't be bothered.
But when Buck is called to the wintry, affluent suburbs to look after his brother's kids for a couple of weeks (much to his sister-in-law's horror) he learns what it's like to be a responsible adult and does surprisingly well with his extended babysitting chore (in his own unique way).
Uncle Buck was Candy's fourth (of five) collaboration with Hughes and the role is clearly tailor-made for him. He may be a slob, and the underdog, but he's the kind of relative you'll all wish you had. The comedy is underplayed and quiet, and the drama involving without being overbearing. It's all just easy-going entertainment that's perfect for brightening up a dull afternoon, and yet another reminder that Hollywood lost someone very special in March 1994.
The Blu Ray looks great in 1080p 1.85:1 widescreen, but Universal have given us a lossy, DVD quality Dolby 2.0 soundtrack. This is unacceptable. Consumers buy Blu Rays for HD picture AND sound! There are no features other than Universal U-Control.
It's insane to think that the BBFC originally rated this 15, when the MPAA gave it a PG rating.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2011 17:47:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2011 17:50:53 BDT
Sean Greenwood says:
Hi Inspector Gadget,
The now out UK edition: Uncle Buck [Blu-ray][Region Free] appears to have a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track.
The CIC UK VHS was a '15' because the '12' cert did not exit for video until 1994. The film was classified '12' on cinema release in 1989 but then for VHS was faced with either being cut for the BBFC 'PG' certificate or being uncut at '15'. When the DVD was released in 2000, it was able to be classified '12', and the film has been '12' on video ever since.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 20:27:37 BDT
Inspector Gadget says:
I wonder why Universal never included the DTS-HD on the US release.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2011 10:30:14 BDT
Sean Greenwood says:
As do I.
I am importing the UK BD to my residence in the USA because of it.
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