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Here is the murderously funny movie based on the world-famous CLUE board game. And you can see all three surprise endings! Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Meet all the notorious suspects and discover all their foul playthings. You’ll love their dastardly doings as the bodies and the laughs pile up before your eyes.
- Package Dimensions : 17.2 x 13.79 x 1.3 cm; 59 Grams
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Digital_copy, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : 28 Sept. 2021
- Studio : PARAMOUNT
- ASIN : B098GYT3W4
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 May 2020
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It's huge fun to see Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren) and Mrs Peacock (Eileen Brennan) and Mrs White (Madeline Kahn) and Mr Green (Michael McKean) and Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) and Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd) come to life on the screen. The manic dialogue is expertly delivered by the actors, accompanied by just the right kind of music. The whole thing is absolutely hilarious. And the film has aged remarkably well. It's as watchable now as it was when first released thirty years ago. Highly recommended for both aficionadoes of the game and those who've never heard of it. Great film to keep the entire family entertained on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
The DVD is excellent, both picture and sound are very clear, and that includes the quick fire dialogue of the finale every word of which is easily understandable. English subtitles for the hard of hearing are available. Three different surprise endings were produced so as to keep audiences guessing right up to the end who is the murderer. All three endings are featured on the DVD. Also included is a trailer.
It is 1954 and a group of people meet at an old mansion in New England. All of these persons have been invited by a mystery host and all are told to adopt a certain identity, such as in the board game, and thus not knowing each other we see what will happen next. An ideal opening as such for a country house type murder mystery. We know that this is going to be played for laughs the moment we see Tim Curry, who plays Wadsworth the butler step into some doggy doo, and the dog gives him a look.
Whilst there are some good one-liners and other puns that work, as well as references to other murder mystery books and films in the genre, it has to be admitted that at times the jokes become a bit scattergun in approach, and so there are some that just drop dead on their faces. You do at times also get a certain feeling of frustration from the cast as they are not used to their full potential, with a certain repetition of jokes and a not very strongly plotted script. This leads us as viewers to although laugh at times, also at other periods to want to pull our hair out as it all becomes a bit messy.
This edition does give us the three alternate endings so that is a bonus, as those who originally saw the film at the cinema only saw one of these endings, whichever one had been given to the cinema. As such, this came up on my recommendations list on this site, and I have seen this a few times in the past anyway, so I knew that this was far from brilliant, but more than entertaining enough to pass an hour and a half or so of good enough comedy. To be honest some of the gags here are quite stale, being presented before to us in other films over the years before this was made, and thus we know what is going to happen, and there is just no way that the cast can make these look fresher.
The film is very very loosely based on the 'Cluedo' board game, but only in the sense of having a murder take place and a group of house guests have to deduce who dunnit with what weapon and in what room. The multiple endings are a must and are an essential part of the overall viewing experience of this film - which is partly why I wanted to have it on DVD instead of catch the rare occasional viewing on TV, as you can't be guaranteed of getting the string of alternate endings on TV.
Saying that, the DVD allows you to choose whether you want to play all the endings in sequence, or have it select one at random - which is a nice touch, but as I say, I think half the fun is getting to see all of them.
You owe it to yourself to see this cult classic.
It has been filmed a long time ago but still remains witty and funny.