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All of Me
Force Entertainment/Force Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 93 mins . M . PAL

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Steve Martin (the original wild and craaaazy guy) is a lawyer sick of getting nowhere in life. Lily Tomlin is a rich dying woman who is after a second chance at life. She’s going to have her soul transferred to another woman when she dies so she can try life again, but at the moment when the transfer occurs, Martin is in the wrong place at the wrong time and accidentally ends up with Tomlin possessing the right side of body.

"How dare you say penis to a dead person!"

Naturally, Martin isn’t too pleased with this arrangement, what with Tomlin being a bit of a stuck up rude virgin and eager to get on with her own life/death, and Martin eager to get back full ownership of his body, engage in the odd bit of rumpo with the woman who was supposed to receive Tomlin’s soul, and become a partner in the law firm where he works.

All Of Me was released roughly inbetween The Man With Two Brains and Three Amigos chronologically, and doesn’t always sit quite right as a outright cackfest that either of these films were. I think bigger things were hoped for with the teaming of Martin and Tomlin, but the story just lacked a bit of spark. Stick with it, though. You’ll be rewarded with the odd gem of a line, mainly from Martin, that hints at what this could have been.

"Just because my grandfather didn't rape the environment and exploit the workers doesn't make me a peasant. And it's not that he didn't want to rape the environment and exploit the workers, I'm sure he did. It's just that as a barber, he didn't have that much opportunity!"

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A fairly good transfer of a less than stellar original, the image is fairly clean but lacks any real detail. Some shots look a bit soft, but on the whole, the P&S image looks good. Regardless of what the original aspect ratio was, I don't think you'll be crying out that a P&S job is a butchering of artistic integrity here, in fact, you'll probably think it was shot this way to start with. Colours can look a bit flat and the picture lacks real depth. Overall, it reminded me of a good television transmission of an old movie, without ghosting and static.

DD2.0 surround is the type of audio job here. But you can pretty much forget about anything other than the centre channel getting a run. I was hard pressed to detect any real use of either the stereo channels or the mono surrounds. Not really an issue, however, as the movie is basically a talky and nothing dramatic in the mix occurs to call for anything else. The dialogue occassionally sounds a bit flat, but is easy to listen to.

Extras wise, brief cast bio’s for Tomlin and Martin is all we get on this dvd.

If you want to fill out your selection of Steve Martin dvds, you’ll add this to your current bunch. Not his best by a long shot, but still more enjoyable than some make out. As for the dvd quality, well it's nothing special, but it does the job just fine.


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  •   And I quote...
    "With Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin possessing the one body, the possibilities for bizarro sex scenes could be endless."
    - Vince Carrozza
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