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Fletch [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Andrew Bergman, Gregory McDonald
  • Producers: Alan Greisman, Gordon A. Webb, Peter Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,796 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Chevy Chase stars in this comedy directed by Michael Ritchie. Fletch (Chase), a newspaper reporter with a talent for disguise, is working undercover to catch a gang of drug traffickers when he meets wealthy businessman Stanwyk (Tim Matheson). Claiming to be suffering from terminal cancer, Stanwyk asks Fletch to engineer a break-in to his mansion and bump him off so that his wife can claim the life insurance. Sensing something is not quite right, Fletch goes undercover to investigate.

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Fletch is a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle scripted by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas) from Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humour funny, or merely egocentric. If you don't like Chase, there's really no one else worth watching (Geena Davis is sadly underused). Chase seems born to play IM "Fletch" Fletcher, a disillusioned investigative reporter whose cynicism and detached view on life mirrors the actor's understated approach to comedy. Fletcher offers Chase the opportunity to adopt numerous personas, as his job requires numerous (bad) physical disguises, and much of film's humour centres on the ridiculous idea that any of these phoney accents or bad hairpieces could fool anyone. These not-so-clever disguises are put to use when Fletch becomes involved in the film's smart but continually self-mocking two-part mystery. As well as trying to gather drug-smuggling evidence against the LAPD for a long-overdue newspaper story, a rich and apparently terminally ill stranger also offers Fletch a large payoff to kill him. While the film does a fairly good job juggling both of these plots, not to mention tossing in a love interest as well, they're subservient, for better or worse, to Chase's memorable one-liners and disguises. Followed by two forgettable sequels that lack both the original's wit and Chase's attention span.--Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

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After watching Fletch you'll never diss Chevy Chase again. Forget all past and present performances by this one time 'Saturday Night Live' stand up comedian, Fletch is the comedy of all comedies. From the classic Mr Poon to the unforgettable roller skating rabbi, you'll be splitting your sides from start to finish. He takes newspaper reporting to a whole new level. Ever seen a comedy this good? "No, never, never". Well "not since breakfast". Oh, and when you buy this film, charge it to Mr. Underhill!
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Five stars for the film, which will always be Chevy's finest moment. 3 stars for the blu-ray which has acceptable picture quality; a step up from the DVD, but no more than that.
The extras are okay, lots of the film's stars are present, with one notable exception: Chevy himself!
Oh well, off for a visit to Dr. Jellyfinger.
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I saw Fletch Lives first, when I was just 9, and it really appealed to my sense of humor at the time (and my sense of humor now too, I guess). It was easily accessible for a kid, but I was originally disappointed when I first saw Fletch because it was more serious and a lot of jokes just went over my head.

As a result Fletch appeals to the adult in me while Fletch Lives appeals to the kid barely concealed inside. There's loads of great one-liners from our man Chase and even if that doesn't float your boat Harold Faltermeyer's score is just plain awesome. It's unfortunate that "Irwin F" never became as famous or iconic as "Axel F".

I've read the book, and it's as different as it is similar to the plot of the movie, except for one major difference; Fletch's cases are not connected in the book but they are in the movie. Gregory MacDonald had the final say on who they cast as Fletch and rejected Burt Reynolds (no way) and Mick Jagger (say what???) before approving Chase. Along with Clark W. Griswold he's his most famous character (Ty Webb coming in at 3rd place).

It's not aged so well though, the film is clearly very 80s, unlike the sequel which doesn't use any pop songs, But even if the pop tunes anchor this in 1985 it's still one of the best comedies of that decade and no one can call themselves a film buff without owning/watching.

The Blu Ray features a 1080p 1.85:1 picture but since much of the film has a rather drab color pallet only a few nicely-shot scenes look good. The DTS-HD MA sound really brings Faltermeyer's score to life though. Extras do not feature Chase and are in standard definition.
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A comedy mystery, adapted from Gregory McDonald's novel, but very much a vehicle for Saturday Night Live comedian Chevy Chase.
Ace undercover investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher adopts numerous disguises and personæ to get to the bottom of two different cases which actually turn out to be part of the same scam, involving fraud, bigamy, narcotics and police corruption. Along with the disguises comes a variety of deadpan noms de jours that poke fun at, presumably, certain types of Californians in general - eg. "Nugent. Ted Nugent", "Igor Strawinsky" and "Don Corleone."
The film's slow pace and Chase's comic manner may be an irritant to some, but the film has moments when it simply tickles the funny-bone. Such as the aero-engineers discussing the by-pass valve, the roller-skating rabbi on the beach, and the near-cringeing evading the cops during a Veterans' meet (Fred 'the Dorf' Dorffler). A nice Hollywood in-joke is squeaky-clean 'Jim-Bob Walton' (yes, 't is he!) as the teenage car-thief with dental braces. Fletch's penchant for the Los Angeles Lakers is rewarded with a nice cameo from then-larger-than-life popular basketball-player Kareem Abdul-Jabar.
Director Michael Ritchie's lightness of touch, along with understated support from Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joe Don Baker and an early-in-their-careers Geena Davis and George Wendt, allow Chase's style of comedy to never become either too overbearing or too quirky (although Ted Underhill's credit card must have helped ...). However, four years later, both Ritchie and Chase conspired to lose that quite successful touch with the irredeemably dire Fletch Lives.
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I don't know what in the world is wrong with comedy film producers, I mean we have punks like Chris Rock making fun of Chevy Chase but if you are a connoisseur of the film genre of comedy you will know that Chris Rock cannot hold a candle to Chevy Chase for sheer comedic timing and wit.

Chevy Chase should have been a mega-star. I love Chevy Chase and I am not afraid to say it, and what's more I don't even need therapy for it 8 -) (he was of course commanding a rumoured $7m dollars per movie in the 80s, but he just sort of died down in the 90s)

This is the story of Irwin Fletcher, casually named "Fletch", a comedic interpretation of the novel by Gregory McDonald. You may have read Irwin's column under the heading of "Jane Doe", hey it pays the alimony (Well actually he doesn't but it's good to pretend he does).

Fletch is working a case on the beaches of Santa Monica, Fat Sam (`Cheer's' Norm) never leaves the beach, but somehow he always seems to have a steady flurry of drugs to sell to the bums and deadbeats who inhabit the rundown beach area. Whilst working on this story Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) offers Fletch a proposition. He wants the beach loner (as Stanwyk sees him) to murder him in his own home, for a respectable fee of $50,000. Stanwyk has a bone cancer and is dying. He wants to save his family the anguish of watching him fade away, his insurance will pay out handsomely for a death from a suspected break-in. Hence the extremities of his demise, suicide means the insurance won't pay out.

However, Fletch looks into the background of his proposed victim, and discovers all is not as Mr Stanwyk claims, and perhaps he has more than one family, ironically the two cases he is working on may be in some way connected.
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