Armed and Dangerous
Columbia/Tri-Star // PG-13 // $19.95 // November 12, 2002
Review by Earl Cressey | posted December 10, 2002
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Armed and Dangerous, originally released in 1986, was directed by Mark L. Lester (Commando). Starring in the film are John Candy (Frank Dooley), Eugene Levy (Norman Kane), Meg Ryan (Maggie), and Robert Loggia (Michael Carlino).


After Frank Dooley is kicked off the police force for a crime he didn't commit, he applies to be a security guard at Guard Dog Security. There he runs into and befriends ex-lawyer Norman Kane, and the two are assigned the night watch at a warehouse. However, after they unsuccessfully attempt to stop a heist, they're blamed and transferred to more undesirable assignments. Frank thinks something is amiss, and, with Norman's help, begins investigating the connection between Michael Carlino, who runs the Union and owns Guard Dog, and the robberies which have taken place recently.


John Candy was always one of my favorite comedic actors, starring in such gems as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, and The Great Outdoors. However, until now, I had overlooked Armed and Dangerous. While it certainly isn't his finest moment in cinema, he and Levy make the best of a fairly predictable plot and provide the audience with a few laughs. Unfortunately, the film is rather unmemorable and isn't as funny as one would think given the talent and premise involved.




Video:

Armed and Dangerous is presented 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 full frame, both on the same side of the disc. The transfer is remarkably clean, with only a few specks and marks appearing very infrequently. Some grain is apparent in a few of the darker scenes. Colors and flesh tones are natural with modest blacks.



Audio:

Armed and Dangerous is presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround in English and Dolby 2.0 Mono in French. The track has little in the way of discrete surrounds, and both the effects and dialogue often sound flat. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand throughout, though. Optional subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish.



Extras:

Trailers for Master of Disguise, I Spy, and Hanky Panky are included.



Summary:

Armed and Dangerous might make a decent rental if you're a fan of the leads, though Candy and Levy have both turned in better comedic performances elsewhere. Columbia/Tristar provided the film with a decent presentation, but little in the way of extras. Even so, at the right price, fans should consider a purchase.



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