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 Post subject: Mannequin (1987)
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2020, 12:42 
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I picked up the NTSC-J edition of Mannequin recently. I'm well aware that Olive released a Blu Ray version, however I'm a sucker for Laserdiscs! I noticed a couple of things though with this disc so thought to mention them here after watching the film last night.

Firstly the transfer looks like it's some sort of direct telecine from the cinema reels as there are cue marks all over the place. It also has the Belinda Carlisle song 'In My Wildest Dreams' over the opening credits. I can vaguely remember, but cannot be 100% sure, the song 'Walk Like An Egyptian' by The Bangles being used too? Maybe that was on the TV version? Can anyone confirm?

As for the disc itself, I was very pleased with the audio and picture quality, especially the audio. It's certainly one of the better discs I've heard. Regarding the AR though, I think there may be some cropping at the sides. I haven't the capacity to provide a screenshot at the minute so I'll do my best to describe something I picked up on. If it helps, I run my CLD-D925 to a Micomsoft Framemeister, upscale to 1080p and then that connects to my Yamaha AV kit over HDMI and up to the TV over HDMI ARC.

One scene that shows some newspaper headlines about evil rival Illustra and their profits dropping by over 48% actually trims the sides of the image down. The reason I suspect this is because the burned-in Japanese subtitles actually display the full details and figures that are written on the newspaper headline.

This happened in a couple of other scenes too. I'll probably pick up the Blu Ray of both movies soon, just because. Why not both? and all that! :lolno:

I've seen this film a few times over the years. It's a bit dated in terms of some of the humour which would definitely not be made today (the sexual harrassment of Roxy and the portrayal of and comments thrown at the guy who plays Hollywood for example, though there is a scene where the security guard is called a bigot so there's some redemption there I guess). Anyone else seen this film? Thoughts? :thumbup:
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 Post subject: Re: Mannequin (1987)
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2020, 14:23 
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i've seen it two or three times before, and enjoyed it every time.
much like a great many good Anime out there, it is stupid, yet thoroughly fun.
it's also a great way to immerse yourself in 80's nostalgia, which i personally enjoy.

also; GREAT soundtrack...
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 Post subject: Re: Mannequin (1987)
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2020, 15:03 
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tasuke wrote:
also; GREAT soundtrack...


100%. Starship and Belinda Carlisle for starters. :clap:

Thinking I may look to get Mannequin 2 on Laserdisc. Though to be honest perhaps just going for the Olive blu ray discs of both films is a better idea. The transfers look excellent. I would like to know first though if the first film suffers from the side cropping issue though.
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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2020, 16:11 
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Haven't seen this in years, probably almost 30 years now, when it would have been on cable back in the day. 88, 89.

Anyway your best places to look for stuff like different songs etc is the alternate versions on imdb or another site which I can't think of now.
Others post and its really great but I usually do IMDB.
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PostPosted: 16 Jan 2020, 16:29 
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Haven't seen this in years, probably almost 30 years now, when it would have been on cable back in the day. 88, 89.

Anyway your best places to look for stuff like different songs etc is the alternate versions on imdb or another site which I can't think of now.
Others post and its really great but I usually do IMDB.


I wonder if the version you saw on cable may have had the alternate opening music? I've been looking around and am coming up with nothing. Maybe it was used in Mannequin 2?

I have dug out some interesting information too from this NY Times review. It appears that the film was actually called Dummy Love: Mannequin on it's theatrical release! :think:

https://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/13/movies/film-a-comedy-mannequin.html
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 Post subject: Re: Mannequin (1987)
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2020, 20:16 
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The US edition has an audio sync issue at the tail end of Side 1 that always annoyed me.
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