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Fox Home Entertainment presents
The Man With One Red Shoe (1985)

"You're 12 years old? Hmm. Being 12 you haven't really experienced very much of the pain or the suffering or the anxiety of life, which you will, but in the meantime, you see what this says? This says with passion."
- Richard Drew (Tom Hanks)

Review By: Nate Meyers  
Published: September 09, 2004

Stars: Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman
Other Stars: Ed Herrmann, Jim Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Charles Durning
Director: Stan Dragoti

Manufacturer: dvcc
MPAA Rating: PG for (nongraphic violence, brief language)
Run Time: 01h:32m:25s
Release Date: September 07, 2004
UPC: 024543117377
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B- B-CC D-

DVD Review

Before Tom Hanks became one of the most highly acclaimed actors of our time, he primarily starred in lightweight comedies. The most famous of these is Big, but there are others that have largely been forgotten, such as The Man With One Red Shoe. Like in many of his early movies, Hanks displays his warmth and charm here and it is easy to see why he became such a successful actor.

Richard Drew (Hanks) is a successful violinist that winds up entangled in a dangerous game of espionage. Without the slightest clue of what is going on, he is approached by Brown (Edward Herrmann) at the airport, because Drew is wearing only one red shoe. This is all a diversion on Brown's part, who is acting for the CIA director, Ross (Charles Durning), in order to prevent Ross' dismissal from power. Unbeknownst to Drew, a team of renegade CIA agents, led by the corrupt Cooper (Dabney Coleman), begin to track his every move and constantly attempt to kill him, because, according to their information, he has evidence of a drug deal that will put Cooper in jail.

The top agent tailing Richard is a beautiful woman, Maddy (Lori Singer), and the two are immediately attracted to one another. The problem is that Richard's best friend's wife, Paula (Carrie Fisher), is also attracted to him. This prompts her husband, Morris (Jim Belushi), into a jealous rage that rivals the danger Richard faces from the CIA. The subplot of Richard's adulterous affair is a miscalculation by screenwriter Robert Klane, because it diverts attention away from the main story and raises questions about how good of a person Richard truly is. In a movie like this, it is important that the lead character be upright, but having Richard betray his friend raises questions about his character. Luckily, Tom Hanks is such a amiable person that it is easy to like Richard Drew.

Thankfully this part of the story is pushed aside and the espionage continues, with Richard being shot at, tranquilized, finding true love, and even having all of the CIA's GPS programs directed towards him. Director Stan Dragoti has a good handle of this material, with efficient pacing of the action and comedy, accompanied by a pleasant musical score from Thomas Newman. The movie is dated now, but it does have a charm (thanks primarily to its cast) that can enable one to overlook its flaws. To be sure, some of the jokes fall flat, particularly the physical humor and Morris' jealousy. Yet there is some funny dialogue, particularly between Ross and Brown, that makes this an enjoyable experience for those in the mood for a light comedy.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: B-

 

Image Transfer

 OneTwo
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - P&S1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Rationoyes
Anamorphicnoyes


Image Transfer Review: Fox has released The Man With One Red Shoe on DVD with both a pan-and-scan and 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Each version is a single layer transfer on one side of a double-sided disc. The widescreen rendition looks average, with some grain and dirt being present, particularly during the concert scene. The age of the film is apparent throughout, which makes this a less than stellar image.

Image Transfer Grade: C

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglish, French, Spanishyes
DS 2.0Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: Accompanying the average image transfer are equally mediocre sound mixes. The English Dolby Stereo track contains no sound separation, but gets the job done. The mix is spread across the front soundstage, with the surround sound speakers getting no activity. Dialogue is clear and sound effects, as well as music, are well balanced. There are also mono tracks in English, French, and Spanish.

Audio Transfer Grade: C

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 22 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring Cast Away, Big, That Thing You Do!
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
2-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: For supplemental materials, Fox has provided four trailers of Tom Hanks movies available from their archives. First is the trailer for The Man With One Red Shoe, presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and with Dolby Stereo sound; That Thing You Do!'s trailer is also shown in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) and with Dolby Stereo. The other two trailers are for Big and Cast Away, each of which is shown in 1.33:1 and with Dolby Stereo surround.

Extras Grade: D-

 

Final Comments

Fans of Tom Hanks should take a look at this amusing comedy. The movie, as a whole, is a mix, but it's a nice 90-minute escape from the world. The DVD is fairly low on extras, with only an average sound mix and transfer. However, if you come across it on the shelf, give it a rent.

 


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