I grew up watching lots of films during the eighties and there were quite a few really good comedies I remember. The good news for film lovers being most of them are now available on Blu-ray. The one I’m reviewing here stars Tom Hanks and Shelley Long which is a great start if you ask me. It’s a film I’ve seen countless times and is one I’d put in that easy to watch category. The question is does the Blu-ray version warrant your cash? I aim to answer that very question, so without further ado here’s my The Money Pit Blu-ray review.
- The Money Pit Blu-ray Review (1986)
- Genre: Comedy
- Written by David Giler
- Running Time: 91 Mins
- Blu-ray Released: 11th July 2016
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 1
- Released By Universal
- Starring Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Philip Bosco
The plot is simple Attorney Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) along with his classical musician girlfriend, Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) need to find a new home quickly.
Their friend puts them on to million dollar mansion that is on the market for a mere $200,000. They take a look at it and fall in love with it instantly. In order to afford it they call in a few favours and borrow the money, but why is the house so cheap? That’s exactly what they are about to find out.
Style / Direction
The film was directed by Richard Benjamin with the cinematography being handled by Gordon Willis. It has that eighties comedy vibe going on and that is a huge plus as far as I am concerned. They don’t make comedies quite like this anymore, I don’t why as comedy really does seem to be a big problem genre for Hollywood these days. Just take a look at my Awful Film Friday series that I started having watched Robert De Niro’s Dirty Grandpa, or how about the recent comedy CHiPs.
The Money Pit is not the greatest comedy ever but it is a good and easy to watch film with likeable characters. Its scenes are well constructed the pacing is great.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Michel Colombier. and suits the films comedy tone and style.
Acting / Characters
Tom Hanks and Shelly Long are the perfect choices for the two lead roles or romantically involved couple if you prefer.
Both are very capable comedy actors with Hank’s early career very much in that genre. Here are just a few of his comedy film roles, Splash (1984), Bachelor Party (1984), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), Big (1988), The ‘Burbs (1989) & Turner & Hooch (1989).
He always seems to play the comedy well and he is perfect for the role of Walter Fielding, Jr.
Shelley Long again is very much at home delivering good quirky comedy performances as her role as Diane Chambers in the sitcom cheers can testify.
Conclusion – The Money Pit Film Review
I glad films like The Money Pit exist, they are kind of timeless. Sometimes you just want a funny easy going comedy to watch and this ticks those boxes.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Money Pitt and the performances of both Tom Hanks and Shelley Long.
The Money Pit Blu-ray Review
The Blu-ray version looks superb, it’s a clean and sharp print the colours look right. There’s not a speck of dirt anywhere to be seen.
This is a really good Blu-ray release, well done Universal.
Universal were a little slow to put out quality Blu-ray releases at the beginning of the Blu-ray revolution but now consistently put out top quality releases like The Money Pit.
- The Making of The money Pit
An eight minute behinds the scenes look is really all you need for a film like this and that’s pretty much what you get.
On to my movie rating for The Money Pit (1986)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
- Extras: GOOD
The Money Pit (1986) is available now on Blu-ray priced £5.29 from Amazon.co.uk (as of date of review)
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…
Clip not representative of the Blu-ray version
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The Money Pit Blu-ray Review (1986)
Director(s): Richard Benjamin
Actor(s): Tom Hanks, Shelley Long
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
An excellent easy going, eighties comedy that looks fabulous on Blu-ray.