Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 25th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1986
Director: David Beaird
Writer: David Beaird
Cast: Deborah Foreman, Sam J. Jones, Howard Hesseman, Penn Jillette, Teller, Leland Crooke, Sean McClory, E.G. Marshall, John O’Leary
BluRay released: July 25th, 2017
Approximate running time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Content wise, My Chauffeur is a film that is more in line with cinema from Hollywood’s Golden age, than the type of comedy film’s which have since become synonymous with the 1980’s. More specifically, My Chauffeur draws heavily from the Screwball comedy films from the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Most notably films like, Bringing up Baby, My Man Godfrey and His Girl Friday.
The premise for My Chauffeur features a strong female character whose misadventures in a male dominated profession serve up many humorous moments. Of course, another area where these type of films delivers their funniest moments are in regards to their protagonists endeavors in love. And this film delivers in spades, when it comes to its protagonists’ love life.
The narrative structure is fairly standard for an adult film from this era. With the dialog moments being just enough to propel the story at hand forward. And as mentioned before, comedy plays a large role in this film and it is actually the non-sex performers that get the lion share of this film’s funniest moments.
My Chauffeur is filled with a cast of colorful characters and none are more out there than when it comes to this films protagonist Casey Meadows. And performance wise, the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, April Fool’s Day) in the role of Casey Meadows. She delivers an enchanting performance and without a doubt her pitch perfect comedic timing is this film’s greatest asset. Other notable performances include, Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) in the role of Battle, Casey’s love interest and Penn & Teller’s brief, albeit memorable cameos.
From a production standpoint, there is not an area where this film comes up short. With one of this film’s more durable assets being its well-executed comedic set pieces. Standout set pieces include, a scene where Casey is given the task of driving an obnoxious Rock singer to his latest gig. And along the way, he steals panties from a woman with pink hair who was walking her dog in the park. And a scene where Battle who has just been dumped by his girlfriend goes on a drinking binge and in his drunken stupor, he than runs naked through the park.
My Chauffeur comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source for this releases transfer was scanned and restored in 2k from the film’s 35mm original camera negative. There are no issues with compression, details look sharp, colors are nicely saturated and black levels remain strong throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented, dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a promotional & behind the scenes still gallery, two T.V. spots (1 minute 37 seconds), a trailer for the film (1 minute 41 seconds), an interview with actress Deborah Foreman titled License to Drive (15 minutes 59 seconds) and two audio commentaries, the first audio commentary with writer / director David Beaird and actor Leland Crooke and the second audio commentary with production assistant Jeff McKay.
Topics discussed in the interview with Deborah Foreman include, her origins as an actress, My Chauffeur / how she prepared for the role, David Beaird, Sam J. Jones / the cast, onset memories, audience reaction to the film and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with David Beaird and Leland Crooke include, the origins of the film, Crown International, Screwball comedies, Deborah Foreman, Sam J. Jones, locations, onset memories, the visuals, the cast and other production related topics.
The audio commentary with Jeff McKay is detailed account of the cast, the crew and other production related topics.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall My Chauffeur gets an exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.