Ever had an imaginary friend as a kid? Then this movie is for you. Elizabeth (Phoebe Cates) has just split with her husband and returns home to find the imaginary friend that she lost twenty-one years before. Drop Dead Fred (Rick Mayall) is ready for mischief and mayhem after being cooped up. After Fred sinks her best friend’s boat (played by Carrie Fischer) Elizabeth decides it is time to get rid of Fred once and for all. Instead she finds herself and gets her life back.
Originally released in 1991, we have an average 1.33:1 fullscreen transfer. Showcasing the garish colors and styles of the late 80’s the overall look of the film is a little flat and muted; colors just don’t seem to have the punch you expect them to. Blacks are good with shadow detail intact and there are only a copy of instances of noticeable film grit and debris. This had the potential to be a great transfer but again it just lacks a good color punch. Menus are not animated but are scored.
We have a simple 2 channel audio track which is too bad as the film could have benefited from the additional special cues that 5.1 offers for some of the special effects. Voices are well recorded and easy to hear and bass when called for in one scene is powerful and full. Overall it is all right but could have been much better.
Sorry folks, no special features to see here.
This is a fun film for grown-up about being a kid not unlike Robin Williams’ Toys which I thought was a great film. This is a good disc that could have been great with punchy colors and some dressed up audio. Still a good disc and a must own for any fan of the film.