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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Oh, God!
Oh, God!
Warner Bros. // PG // July 9, 2002
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 3, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"Oh, God" is a 1977 picture that, while a bit dated in appearance, still remains funny and bright in spots. John Denver - who looks a little like John Ritter in this picture - plays Jerry Landers, a supermarket manager who, one day, finds that God has requested an interview. After checking out the meeting place - the 27th floor of a building that only has 17 - Jerry finds out that God (George Burns) wants him to spread his message. Just him.

At first, Jerry is taken aback by this visitation, rightly realizing that most people will consider him crazy when he discusses the fact that God has become his new pal. Simply, God wants us to know that "it can work"; our lives, our world, our everything, can work - if we try. It's a nice message, but a rather simple movie. Still, Burns' dry, sharp delivery is wonderful and Denver plays the role of the non-religious man who finds himself the only man chosen to do God's publicity work. Teri Garr also offers pretty solid support as Jerry's wife.

Overall, I still don't think that "Oh, God" is a laugh riot, but it's a likable movie with a nice message and good performances. This film was a big enough success that it spawned two sequels.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Oh, God" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen by Warner Brothers. Unfortunately, the best thing that I can say about this presentation is that it's okay at best. Sharpness and detail are lackluster, as the picture retains a slightly soft appearance. The opening credits are particularly bad looking, with a lot of dirt and debris.

Thankfully, it gets a little better from there. While dirt and other print flaws do cause distraction now and then, the picture at least has stretches that appear a bit cleaner in comparison. Pixelation is absent, but edge enhancement was noticed on a few occasions.

On a positive note, the film's color palette was decently rendered, appearing somewhat natural and crisp, with no smearing. Overall, this is a decent transfer, but the film still is pretty dated and worn in appearance.

SOUND: The audio isn't particularly great, either. Presented in mono, the audio is rather dull and unremarkable. Dialogue became rather difficult to hear unless the volume was turned up beyond normal levels.

MENUS: The main and sub-menus are very basic, with no music or animation.

EXTRAS:

Commentary: This is a commentary from writer Larry Gelbart, director Carl Reiner, actress Teri Garr and producer Jerry Weintraub. As one might expect from a discussion by these comedic greats, this is a hilarious chat that brings together all the stories that the four have to share about their experiences on-set. They also talk in-depth about working with Burns and Denver.

Also: Trailers for all three "Oh, God" movies.

Final Thoughts: A lightly amusing comedy that features good performances and a few great lines, "Oh, God" has its share of fans. Unfortunately, Warner Brothers didn't provide a fantastic effort for the DVD - while the commentary is appreciated, the film itself looks and sounds pretty unexceptional. Fans may still want to pick it up, but should go in with low expectations for the DVD quality.


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