We certainly have seen tons and tons of movies based on video games lately, but how about a movie based on a board game? In 1985, "Clue" was released, and based on the popular board game, viewers had to guess who-done-it in this who-did-it.
Was it Wadsworth the butler(Tim Curry)?, Professor Plum(Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. Peacock or one of the many other guests at a mansion one night? The characters in this quick 96 minute comedy aren't terribly fully-written, but the movie still manages to be an entertaining romp, with some nice little plot twists and a gimmick that entertained audiences.
The group arrives at a party, and although everything seems ok at first, things go South when a murder occurs. Audiences were greeted with one of three endings when the film was in theaters, although the eventual home video version offered all 3. Paramount's new DVD offers viewers the choice of viewing one of the endings randomly or the "home video" version, which shows all 3 endings one after another.
"Clue" isn't the greatest movie, but there are some funny moments from a solid cast who does good work with the material.
VIDEO: This isn't quite Paramount's best work with a catalog title, but the image quality is still pleasing and at times, very good. Sharpness is adequate, although the film sometimes looks the slightest bit on the soft side. Still, clarity is good, as well as detail. In terms of colors, the film has a very dark color palette of browns and similar colors. Occasionally there are some more bold colors, but pretty rarely. Still, colors look generally accurate and fare well without any problems. Flesh tones are fine, and black level is strong as well.
Problems don't appear in the form of shimmering or pixelation, but there are a handful of minor marks on the print used that occasionally pop up, but aren't terribly noticable. The picture looks slightly grainy at times as well, but this is not distracting, either. Overall, this is a very nice transfer that fans of the movie will be pleased by. There are a few complaints, but again, they are very minor. The movie is presented in the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio and also, is anamorphic.
SOUND: "Clue" is definitely a "dialogue-driven" movie, and the main focus of the audio is the conversations between the characters. The sound is clear, but pretty limited. The score also sounds fine, but again, not too full or rich. Dialogue is clear and easily understood. The audio for "Clue" gets the job done, but there really isn't much at all to it.
MENUS:: A very basic, non-animated main menu that offers the selections as well as a couple of images from the film.
EXTRAS: Besides the previously mentioned choice of a random ending or all 3 endings together, there's a theatrical trailer.
Final Thoughts: It's an enjoyable film, and although it's nice that Paramount included the options with the endings, it would have been nice if further materials were offered. Still, recommended as at least a rental.
The Film B-
Video 86/B = (344/400 possible points)
Audio: 80/B- = (320/400 possible points)
Extras: 75/C = (225/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B = (240/300 possible points)
FILM GRADE: B-
DVD GRADE: C+