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See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Columbia/Tri-Star // R // October 30, 2001
List Price: $19.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Earl Cressey | posted November 18, 2001 | E-mail the Author
Review:
See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Movie:
See No Evil, Hear No Evil was originally released theatrically in 1989. Directed by Arthur Hiller, the film stars: Richard Pryor (Wally), Gene Wilder (Dave), Kevin Spacey (Kirgo), and Joan Severance (Eve).

When a murder takes place in front of a newsstand, the police have only two witnesses: Wally, who's blind and heard the gunshot, and Dave, who's deaf and saw the murderer walk away from the body. However, the police arrest them for the murder. Now Wally and Dave must bust out of the police department and find the real killers in order to clear their names.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a movie that I had always wanted to see, but never bothered to rent. Going in, I wasn't sure if they could pull of the handicaps of being blind or deaf, but they really do manage to portray their characters convincingly. The film relies mainly on physical humor, and while it mostly works, some of the gags get old after awhile. Running a tad over 100 minutes in length, the film has nary a dull moment and moves along fairly quickly.

Picture:
See No Evil, Hear No Evil is presented in both 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and, on the opposite side of the DVD, 1.33:1 full frame. I noticed a bit of shimmer in the film, though it was mostly confined to several scenes in which Eve is wearing a particular jacket. I didn't notice any print defects, such as marks, lines, and scratches, either. Colors throughout are well saturated and vibrant, flesh tones are accurate, and blacks are quite good.

Sound:
See No Evil, Hear No Evil is presented in Dolby 2.0 Surround in English and French. Surrounds throughout the film are used infrequently, for the exception of the music. Dialogue is center-channel based with little to no directionality. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout, with no distortion that I detected. Optional subtitles are also available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean.

Extras:
Extras include trailers for this film, Money Train, Bad Boys, and Blue Streak.

Summary:
See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a fairly funny movie that makes a decent rental for fans of comedy films or the actors involved. Columbia Tristar hasn't really provided much in the way of extras, but the low MSRP of $19.99 certainly reflects that, and fans of the film should definitely consider picking it up. Rent it.

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