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Review: My Fellow Americans DVD

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My Fellow Americans is sort of the prototypical comedy from the 1990s and although not terribly well written, it’s a passably amusing film that excels due to the talents of Jack Lemmon and James Garner, with some honorable mention to John Heard who elicited a few laughs out of me.

 

 

My Fellow Americans
— Archive Collection —

(1996)

Genre(s): Comedy, Adventure
Warner Archive Collection | PG13 – 101 min. – $21.99 | July 19, 2016

Date Published: 07/30/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Peter Segal
Writer(s): E. Jack Kaplan & Richard Chapman (story), E. Jack Kaplan & Richard Chapman and Peter Tolan (screenplay)
Cast: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford, Lauren Bacall, Michael Pena
DISC INFO:
Features:
Outtakes, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: None
Region(s): 1

 


THE MOVIE — 3.5/5


Plot Synopsis: Framed in a scandal by the current President (DAN AYKROYD) and pursued by armed agents, the two squabbling political foes — former Presidents Kramer (JACK LEMMON) and Douglas (JAMES GARNER) — plunge into a desperate and delightfully frantic search for the evidence that will establish their innocence. As they scramble through the real America, they get an unexpected crash course in how their policies affected the citizens.

Quick Hit Review: While hardly a comedy classic, My Fellow Americans is an agreeable flick that works primarily for the chemistry and charisma of its leads, legendary actors Jack Lemmon and James Garner (though the other headliner, Dan Aykroyd, was a waste of talent). There’s a nice core story with some decent suspense-building and considering the political discourse nowadays, I wish either one of these two were our choices come November…

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5


The disc includes a set of Bloopers (2:34) and the Theatrical Trailer (2:27).

 

VIDEO – 3.75/5, AUDIO – 3.0/5


Warner Archive Collection finally has given My Fellow Americans an anamorphic widescreen transfer following releases which were the dreadful Pan & Scan Full Frame. This looks nice enough, colors are bright and while it’s nothing noteworthy, perfectly satisfying. Ditto on the Dolby Digital track which provides some clean dialogue yet everything else is a bit too low key, though there were times it had some depth.

OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, My Fellow Americans is sort of the prototypical comedy from the 1990s and although not terribly well written, it’s a passably amusing film that excels due to the talents of Jack Lemmon and James Garner, with some honorable mention to John Heard who elicited a few laughs out of me. This re-release via Warner’s Archive Collection finally corrects a horrible wrong with the previous Pan & Scan release, though the cost to get this widescreen version, by comparison, is a tad steep.

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