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Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris (2022/Universal Blu-ray)/Young Sheldon: The Complete Fifth Season (2021 - 2022/Warner DVD Set)

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/B- Extras: C Main Programs: C+

Next up, some comedy....

Anthony Fabian's Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris (2022) is a new version of the Paul Gallico novel with Leslie Manville as the title character, a maid who is unappreciated and who wants more out of life. She misses her husband and still has dreams. One of them is to get a Christian Dior dress, despite how expensive they are. So to get this, what will she have to do?....

The film is part of a cycle of comedies with some drama and melodrama we have been seeing for a few decades, the small films that have limited budgets and seem to be big critical successes. This had some of that, though this kind of film is not being made (and/or shipped to the U.S. as much and maybe it is because there have been so many. Still this has some good moments, even when it is a little manipulate.

Versus the book or other versions (I barely remember the Angela Lansbury/Diana Rigg TV version) before, I can say this has a few things in common with Stanley Donen's Funny Face (1957, reviewed elsewhere on this site,) the Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire musical that is one of the most underrated of all time. This film takes place in 1957, focuses on fashion, makes fun of existential philosophy in clever ways and lands up taking the lead(s) to Paris. This is something I am certain the makers were aware of here, but that's not a bad thing.

Manville (Vera Drake, High Hopes, The Phantom Thread) is able to carry the film well and the locales and sets used to recreate the past are very convincing. The rest of the cast is really good too including Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson, Ellen Thomas and Jason Issacs among the effective actors. It may not be perfect and we've seen some of this before, even if you did not see any earlier versions, but it is worth a look for most of the things that do work here and the director makes some interesting choices.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer looks good and this is a naturalistic, colorful shoot that uses the scope frame well, plus it is also well edited and lit. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is also top rate with its music never drowning out, literally or figuratively, the dialogue-based comedy and drama. The combination is solid.

Extras include Digital Code, while the disc adds Deleted/Extended Scenes and a Gag Reel.

The Big Bang Theory spin-off sitcom, Young Sheldon (2017 - ), returns with Young Sheldon: The Complete Fifth Season (2021 - 2022,) now available in a two-disc DVD set from Warner Bros. A different take on the sort of formula used for The Wonder Years, the series looks at the character of Sheldon (played in adult form famously by Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory who narrates here) as a young genius boy with a football coach dad, his brother who is on the football team, and a twin sister - all of which are the complete opposite of him. Growing up through various trials and tribulations and blossoming into the geeky prodigy we all are familiar with.

Season 5 has 22 episodes that span 2 discs and include the following episodes: One Bad Night and Chaos of Selfish Desires, Snoopin' Around and the Wonder Twins of Atheism, Potential Energy and Hooch on a Park Bench, Pish Posh and a Secret Black Room, Stuffed Animals and a Sweet Southern Syzygy, Money Laundering and a Cascade of Hormones, An Introduction to Engineering and a Glob of Hair Gel, The Grand Chancellor and a Den of Sin, The Yips and an Oddly Hypnotic Bohemian, An Expensive Glitch and a Goof-off Room, A Lock-In, A Weather Girl, and A Disgusting Habit on Disc One.

Disc Two episodes include A Pink Cadillac and a Glorious Tribal Dance, A Lot of Band-Aids and The Cooper Surrender, A Free Scratcher and Feminine Wiles, A Lobster, A Armadillo and a Way Bigger Number, A Suitcase Full of Cash and a Yellow Clown Car, A Solo Peanut, a Social Butterfly, and the Truth, Babies, Lies, and a Resplendent Cannoli, A God-Fearin' Baptist and a Hot Trophy Husband, Uncle Sheldon and a Hormonal Firecracker, White Trash, Holy Rollers, and Punching People, and A Clogged Pore, A Little Spanish, and The Future.

The series is once again presented in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio mix, both of which are of the norm for the format. The show is presented commercial and watermark free, which is an advantage over seeing it on network TV or most streaming outlets.

Special Feature: Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Young Sheldon at 100 Featurette.

Young Sheldon isn't too bad, but it's not as entertaining as The Big Bang Theory was. Still a pretty clever idea that obviously has carried five going on six seasons. Watchable, but not really memorable.

- Nicholas Sheffo (Harris) and James Lockhart



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